Wednesday, March 27, 2013
I've been sorting through a musty box of decaying VHS tapes of: a) my old USC student films, and b) my appearances on E!'s Talk Soup. This is all a prelude to converting them to a format where they can actually be, y'know, viewed. The above screenshot is me with the wonderful John Henson on a Talk Soup episode from 1999. Good times. Fun show, and hands down the best job I've ever had.
There's a short interview/questionnaire thingy with me up at The Daily Duranie, in which I discuss Bias Cut and my link to Duran fandom. Speaking of the latter, I finally laid my grubby paws on a copy of the 1984 Duran Duran biography written by, ahem, Neil Gaiman. It's kind of awesome. I'll be posting a Duranalysis of it here shortly.
Labels: Talk Soup
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Just for kicks: Let’s see if I can get through this entire analysis without ever using the term “Glambert.”
Well, this is new and different: I’m sliding out of the 1980s and moving all the way up to 2009 with a look at Adam Lambert’s “For Your Entertainment” video, which, for this site, is almost cutting-edge. This is untested ground for me! Exciting!
Then again, when you sit down and think about it, maybe it’s not a huge stretch to go from Duran Duran to Elton John to Adam Lambert.
Given my established pop-culture tastes and my well-known soft spot for boys in heavy makeup (ahoy there, Nick Rhodes), it’s probably not a shock to find I kinda dig Lambert. Though I don’t watch American Idol, I was aware of the Lambertian media juggernaut during the show’s eighth season, in which he demolished his way through the competition like a glitter-encrusted wrecking ball before coming up just short at the finale. (I have since caught many of his Idol performances online, and goddamn, the kid can work a stage.) Then last summer I watched his Behind the Music episode, and somewhere around the part where he earnestly explained how the notion to audition for American Idol came to him while he was tripping balls at Burning Man, I was smitten. Adam Lambert, you’re an American treasure.
Friday, March 15, 2013
Let’s shake things up a bit here and move slightly away from Duran Duran for a second to examine one of the most cheerful, colorful, glorious videos of the 1980s. I speak, of course, of Elton John’s 1983 video for “I’m Still Standing.”
“I’m Still Standing” was directed by Russell Mulcahy, and stylistically, it’s very similar to the work Mulcahy did on Duran Duran’s “Rio,” what with all the body paint and brightly-colored pop-art imagery. And, like, “Rio,” it doesn’t have much of a plot. Here we go:
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Three To Get Ready is a David Gasperik-directed documentary shot in early 1987 as Duran Duran was promoting their funk-infused Notorious album and gearing up for their Strange Behaviour tour. The title is a reference to the band’s three remaining members—Roger and Andy had parted ways with the others the previous year, leaving Simon, Nick and John to carry the torch. The documentary captures the boys at an uneasy and uncertain time: After splitting with longtime managers Paul and Michael Berrow, they’ve made the risky decision to manage themselves, and they’re acutely aware of the valuable momentum they’ve lost since the release of their last album. On the spectrum of Duran Duran documentaries, it's not as raucous and fun as Sing Blue Silver, but it’s an interesting watch, and certainly worth Duranalyzing.