The above Duran Duran fan letter could have been written by me with one exception – I would have started off my epic fan letter with Dear Simon.
I have been proud to call myself a Duranie since 1982. I can’t recall that exact pivotal moment when I first laid eyes on my Fab Five, but I do have a very distinctive memory of being down in the basement watching their videos on MTV. I remember that my best vantage point was to sit as close to the TV screen as possible whenever a video came on and I simply could not get enough of Simon LeBon. I was hopelessly devoted and smitten to that blond-haired pop-star and it was a love that spawned such things as fan fiction that I would pass out to my circle of friends, about a thousand poster push-pin holes in my bedroom and early damage to my vocal cords from high-pitch squealing like a stuck pig whenever the band premiered a new video on MTV.
What’s a 12-year old girl with raging hormones to do down in the basement all by herself late at night? Wait. It’s not what you think. Well, OK, maybe it is. I would watch the unedited full-length Girls On Film video as many times as possible and and pray that my mom didn’t come walking downstairs to see what my young, formative mind was watching on cable TV: bare-breasted models engaging in all sorts of suggestively sexy activity with Sumo Wrestlers in a fighter’s ring, girl-on-girl action sequences, massages involving copious amounts of squirting oil, a cowgirl riding a horse (who is actually just a hot guy with a horse head strapped to the side of his face), kiddie pools and apparent disco dancing in the center ring. And while all this is going on, my boys are dancing around on the sidelines wearing head scarfs and make-up. Talk about confusing. Are You There, God? It’s me, Kim. And I don’t know what the hell I’m feeling down there.
I’m ashamed to say that my love for Duran Duran once made me take advantage of a boy named Michael who really liked me. He invited me over to his house to hang out in his parent’s basement (again with the basement!) and rented a VHS tape of all the early Duran Duran videos. Talk about teen cat nip. I knew he had a crush on me and the only reason why we hung out is because he got that video. I’m not proud of my actions with him, but back then I would have done just about anything to anyone to get my Simon LeBon fix. (Does that make me a Mean Girl?)
I have snippets of memory visiting my best friend Lisa on The Cape and being totally psyched that I found Duran Duran’s first album on cassette as an import. It had an extended version of Planet Earth and I played it so much I’m surprised I didn’t wear out the tape. (Still have it to this day!) Back then I fantasized about what it was going to be like when I got my driver’s license and could drive in my own car while playing Duran Duran cassettes as loud as possible.
I remember being insanely pissed off at my mom because she wouldn’t let me see the band when they came to the Worcester Centrum on their Seven & The Ragged Tiger tour. She was afraid the place was going to collapse from all the people stomping their feet and banging on the backs of seats. I think she heard somebody talking about the building’s structure on AM radio one day and it freaked her out. Sadly, my mom was an anxious hot mess even back then.
Those were my early years of fandom. I’m proud to tell you that I’ve never stopped loving them even through their various side projects, break-ups, reunions and pop-star histrionics. Duran Duran was and still is the soundtrack to my life.
Below is the actual transcription of the above fan letter in case you had trouble reading it.
I have been waiting 2 long, long years to see you in concert. I think Duran Duran are the best and are the most gorgeous. If you are reading this know that you are the most gorgeous guy in the world, and andy is the cutest guy in the world. You both remind me of adorable Cabbage Patch Kids. You are my favorite Duran man and I love you totally. My best friend also loves you totally. I’m writting this 13 days before the concert, I hope that you’ll save it. Oh forget it, throw it out. Just that you know I exist and that you accually read this is enough. I love you forever and ever. I was the person who was screaming the loudest that I love you. Tell Andy I love him to.
(a faithful fan)
I didn’t forget. I hope you had the best 25th ever. I listen to Z-100 radio, and tomorrow I will be because today is June 19 and I’ll celebrate it.
I LOVE YOU!
DURAN DURAN rule+4ever!!!!!!!
1. Duran Duran are the most gorgeous.
2. But John Taylor is the most gorgeous.
3. Andy Taylor is the cutest.
4. Men who look like Cabbage Patch Dolls are a good thing.
5. Number of times she uses the word love: 7
6. Her best friend loves you, too.
7. I love you.