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!