Full disclosure: I’m a total fangirl. You may have already noticed this. Well, last week, I had the fantastic opportunity to relive a much loved memory. And yeah, this post is going to totally age me.
When I was a girl, my walls were plastered with posters of whatever band I was in love with at the time. And when I was in love – I tell you, I was in L-O-V-E. One of the biggest influences on my young tween years was Duran Duran. I can’t tell you how insanely in love I was with them. If there was something with those boys’ faces on it, I had it. I loitered at the local Waxie Maxie’s record store to find any rare 12″ straight from the U.K. that I didn’t already own. I scoured the local newstand for any magazine with the tiniest tidbit. Books, pins, posters, records, shirts – if it came from England, all the better. When John Taylor wore a fedora, so did I. When Nick Rhodes wore his white, lace-up shoes, so did I. I really, really wanted the blonde stripe in my bangs like John, but alas, that was not to be.
I fell in love with them in 1981, when their first video “Planet Earth” hit the U.S. There are a few instances where I can pinpoint the first time I heard a band and it changed something within me. To me, there was something captivating about their sound and of course, they were bloody good looking too! Duran Duran ushered in a tremendous love for all things British, which continues to this day. They introduced me to other fantastic British New Wave music like The Cure, Depeche Mode, and The Smiths. My world just opened wide when they entered.
When the band toured for Seven and the Ragged Tiger, I finally got to see them live. I suppose I was about 13. I wept, literally wept, to see them in real life. It was overwhelming and amazing to be in the same room with this band I worshipped. I’m pretty sure my father is still scarred.
This year, I turned much, much older than 13 and for this large birthday number, my mom offered to buy me tickets to see Duran Duran and opening band, Neon Trees (who I also love with much abandon). Her only request was that I didn’t completely humiliate whoever went with me. I think I managed that (or my son is being nice and told me I didn’t, either way). I will admit to getting a little teary when the band was all assembled on the stage and Simon Le Bon started to sing. It was chilling to see the love for them in that room. Most everyone was on their feet, singing, dancing, hands in the air. You never would have known that this band had been around since 1978 and the majority of people in that room were over 40.
Between both bands, I haven’t had that much fun in who knows how long. I was a sweaty, no-voice-left mess by the end!
So, all this reminiscing got me wondering – who from your childhood or teen years touched your life in a way that has stayed with you? I’m talking bands, authors, actors. Let me know, I’m curious.
*** On a side note, I would love to go on about my current love for Neon Trees, but since this is a post about childhood heroes, I’ll refrain. For now. But, do yourself a big favor and check them out. Especially their lead singer, Tyler Glenn. (It’s a public service I’m doing here on that count. Mmmhmm. Anyway.) Enjoy!