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superactiongo is in a memey mood . . .

. . . and so am I!

Comment on this post. I will choose seven interests from your profile and you will explain what they mean and why you are interested in them. Post this along with your answers in your own journal so that others can play along.

These are the ones that superactiongo asked about:

Duran Duran -- I'm answering this one first, because so many of the other interests spring from it. Duran Duran were the first band that I seriously got into, to the point of learning things like who plays what instrument and what their birthdays were. Before then, bands were just anonymous collections of people who created music. But Duran Duran were cute enough for the teenie magazines to tell me all about them and to give me pictures of them to post on my walls. It probably helped that they were reasonably articulate and witty in their interviews, which made it like finding five cool new friends. I listened to the albums and analyzed each note and each word looking for some key into their souls. I frequently credit them for adding a certain level of beauty and brightness to my adolescence, which was marked by social isolation and the beginnings of clinical depression. And I've stuck with them, off and on, ever since--sometimes defiant, sometimes embarrassed, but never able to deny that, yeah, I like that band.

David Bowie -- Bowie is the almighty, and Duran Duran are his children. Since Duran Duran constantly cited Bowie as an influence, I made a point of investigating further, particularly when my brother (docwhoopee) came back from England with vinyl copies of Changes One and Changes Two. Taped and listened to them to death. When David Bowie got into the ISP business, I signed up on the spot (because I needed a new ISP--CompuServe was being a pain in the neck) and I've had a davidbowie.com email address ever since, even after they dropped the ISP and simply kept it as a website membership. It costs me five bucks a month now, but it's too fucking cool to get rid of. I poke my head in on the message boards there now and then, but it's too much to keep up with, and I don't exactly speak their language, since Bowie is up there, but not quite the ne plus ultra for me. (Though, as azewewish can attest, the Sound + Vision Tour was one of the BEST SHOWS EVER.)

David Sylvian -- Another Duran Duran influence, albeit one not quite as well-known as The Bowie. For the, what, two people on my list who don't know, David Sylvian was the lead singer of a band called Japan in the late 70s through the early 80s. The first two albums are over-the-top glam rock weirdness, then they settled into a more sedate synthpop mode for the next three albums, then they went and broke up. David Sylvian was voted something like Most Beautiful Man In Pop Music by some British music magazine back in the day, and has been living down the title ever since. After the demise of Japan, he went on to a solo career of relative obscurity but genuine brilliance. I have a tradition when I go to the beach with my family of sitting out on the balcony and listening to Gone To Earth on headphones for as many afternoons as I can get away with. He's grown less and less interested in commercial success, and consequently his music has gotten a tad more self-indulgent over time, but he still retains his position as one of my favorite artists in the history of recorded music. I have come close to seeing the man play live twice, and been thwarted each time. If he'll just get a North American date for the tour he's on now, we'll see what can be done.

Eddie Izzard -- As I look over the list that superactiongo picked out, I realize that my interest in Duran Duran led me, directly or indirectly, to each of them. Yes, even Eddie Izzard. Several of my Duranie friends had been waxing rhapsodic about Eddie and I found a complete collection of his shows up to that point (most of them converted PAL tapes) at Videodrome. So I rented my way through them and got hooked. One of the guys at Videodrome noticed my rental history and let me know that Eddie was doing an appearance at Tower Records in Atlanta--not a show, just an autograph session with a Q&A beforehand. So I went. And I got to ask a question. ("When are you going to do a proper show here in Atlanta?" He wasn't sure, but he did admit that the turnout for the Q&A was quite encouraging for such a prospect.) And I stood in line for a million years and he was still signing at two o'clock in the morning and he signed my DVD and I went from "gee, he's nifty" to total awe and worship. I prefer his stand-up to his acting, simply because it's all him when he's doing a show. I saw the first episode of The Riches and I thought he did a great job, but I didn't really want to pursue it because I wasn't sure if I needed the stress of following a drama like that.

Tender Idols -- So I went to see them because I'd heard they did a really good cover of "Planet Earth". And, for the record, they did. But about three songs into the set I was all, "hell with this sitting down business, I'm dancing to this stuff!" And I did. And I continued to do so at just about every show they played in Atlanta until they broke up. I wasn't ashamed of it, because I figured either they'd hit it big and I wouldn't have them to myself in tiny little clubs anymore, or they'd break up and, well, I wouldn't have them at all. So I savored every single show utterly. Danny Howes, the guitarist, once introduced me to someone as "our biggest fan." It was one of the sweetest and most flattering things I'd ever been told.

TV Mania -- TV Mania is a side project that Nick Rhodes and Warren Cuccurullo bashed out while they were waiting (and waiting) for Simon le Bon to finish writing the lyrics to the ill-fated album Medazzaland. The name probably came from the same cut-and-paste pastiche that I derived my LJ name from. (as seen here) I have two tracks in my possession, downloaded from Warren Cuccurullo's website and wonder if the rest of them will ever see the light of day. I adore both songs and would dearly love to hear more.

Warren Cuccurullo -- He, like, plays guitar and stuff. He played for Frank Zappa, was in a band called Missing Persons and, oh, yeah, was lead guitarist for Duran Duran from about 1989 until 2001. He is either God or Satan, depending on which Duranie you ask. He is an amazing guitarist, a talented songwriter and batshit fucking insane. Memory of an elephant, attention span of a gnat. Yes, I have met him on multiple occasions, no, I have not been nearly as intimate with him as certain rumors would claim. After his exile from Duran Duran, he started a porn site, having made the amazing discovery that people would pay him money to see him naked. He took the porn down eventually and went on some spiritual trip that he has yet to come back from. I miss him and hope he is well.

Today I took pleasure in dinner with Mom and Dad.

Today I learned that the suits I bought when I was first looking for a paralegal job no longer fit me now, because I bought them thirty pounds ago. (The pants on one of them literally fell off my body when I was trying them on.) Thankfully, I have a mom with a sewing machine.



( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 4th, 2007 03:49 am (UTC)

Good luck with the job search!
Oct. 4th, 2007 08:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Commented....
Hmm.. let's see . . .

architectural diges
duran duran
feeling b
magdalene keibel combo
rusty scott quartet
Oct. 4th, 2007 05:38 am (UTC)
Baby, you're not the only one that misses Warren. *g*
Oct. 4th, 2007 09:04 pm (UTC)
I know baby.

Damn, you got a long list.

ben roethlisberger
chow yun-fat
chuck palahniuk
dennis lehane
Oct. 4th, 2007 09:05 pm (UTC)
I like many things. ;)
Oct. 4th, 2007 09:24 am (UTC)
What a fun meme!

I'll play. Maybe this weekend, if that is within the rules. Hit me up.
Oct. 4th, 2007 09:08 pm (UTC)
Whenever you can get to it, love.

abnormal psychology
alternate universes
enjoying aunt-hood not motherhood
hating phoebe halliwell
urban exploration
Oct. 6th, 2007 05:19 am (UTC)
This is an interesting meme, but then you are good at finding interesting ones, so please, count me in.
Oct. 6th, 2007 10:20 am (UTC)
Lessee . . .

alton brown
baldur's gate
brian lumley
dungeons and dragons
plastic canvas
syphon filter
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