Friday, December 26, 2008

Old School Friday: "Save a Prayer" by Duran Duran



Travel back with me...to a time before I knew the meaning of exotification and the videos for "Save a Prayer" and "Hungry Like the Wolf" were the height of awesomeness...when Simon LeBon rolling about in the jungle with a black model in faux tribal paint was proof, PROOF that an 80s idol dug black girls and might marry, say an African-American high school sophomore from the Midwest...when cable and MTV were new and my family had neither, so I had to stay up late to watch NBC's "Friday Night Videos" and get my fix (Kids these days have it easy. Easy I say! With their YouTube and their InterWebs. It must be so much easier to obsess over the latest teen dream with today's technology. All I had was "Friday Night Videos," "Tiger Beat" and the import section in the hole-in-the-wall record store at the mall in Hammond, Indiana.)

Yes, travel back with me...to the time of the second (musical) British Invasion...when Nick Rhodes with his technicolor hair,lipsticked pout and glam synth playing was the sexy...when all that mattered to teen Tami was pale, skinny English boys in heavy makeup. My not pale, not skinny and not English husband sometimes asks me what was up with that. I tell him I don't know, but I ask him if he would ever consider wearing eyeliner and a spot of blush. Then he gives me the stink eye. Good times!

4 comments:

ActsofFaithBlog said...

Oh man that was funny! Duran Duran was bananas back in the day!! I liked Simon until I saw the uncut version of Wild Boys back when MTV would air them once and then use the edited versions for subsequent airings. Simon kissed Nick! My poor little heart was crushed, crushed I tell ya! I wouldn't have been at all surprised if Nick had initiated it, but it was Simon. My Simon. I told all my friends and I was crying all day at school - but nobody believed me. Haha. From then on it was all about John Taylor, the original JT!! My obsession lasted through my first year of college in NYC where I looked up the construction records to track down which building John moved to when it was reported in a magazine that he'd bought an apartment on the Upper West Side. All that mental prowess of mine sent in the wrong direction! Anyway between Wham and Culture Club and the New Romantics movement I figured british=flamboyance=gay with few exceptions. Those videos are tame compared to what's out now.

AJ Plaid said...

"....when Simon LeBon rolling about in the jungle with a black model in faux tribal paint was proof, PROOF that an 80s idol dug black girls and might marry, say an African-American high school sophomore from the Midwest...when cable and MTV were new and my family had neither, so I had to stay up late to watch NBC's "Friday Night Videos" and get my fix....."

OMG! I felt the same way about seeing Simon Le Bon and that Black model. If he could touch her, wrestle with her, the rest of us Black girls had some hope, right? We just had to hit the right party or walk down the right street or...or...or...

Little did we know. ::sigh::

And, yeah, I remember "Friday Night Videos" and "Night Trax." Those were the days. ::hit by wave of nostalgia::

onely.org said...

Ah, yes, I went back there with you--and further, to Solid Gold. Solid Gold, anyone? Half of me shudders and the other half of me can't wait until the next edition of Old School Friday. . . --CC at Onely

PioneerValleyWoman said...

Thanks for bringing me back, old school style! Made me take out my Duran Duran greatest hits CD.

The appeal? Great voices and looks, hmmm...

Happy New Year!

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