Duranalysis Book Report: Andrew Golub’s Beautiful Colors

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Anonymous said…
firefox crashed and ate my original comment, waah. as i was saying, you were right, this is really cool! much like the collection of duran duran videos on youtube, the amount of posters is staggering. collecting posters must have a similar exploring-a-bottomless-pit feeling to trying to watch all the videos. there's always one more that hasn't been seen...

does roger know where the rio painting is? do the trio who took it back from the berrows (plus bodyguard) keep its exact location in nick's house a secret even now? or did they relent once it became clear that roger was in it for the long haul this time? if they ever make anything out of that highly-embellished movie idea, this is the kind of important question i'd like them to answer.

the suntory whiskey campaign! japan has the best ads (other personal favorites: the coffee commercials with tommy lee jones, most things with kyary in them). though, hey, their heads look strangely regular-sized in that poster... i like how simon is so stiffly posed in it, he looks like an action figure that's still in the box.

i had almost managed to forget about the yoplait thing. there was a recent interview where i think simon said they'd just turned down burger king? they seem to really, really hate the idea of "hungry like the wolf" being associated with food, which is understandable.

the krush brothers and astronaut posters, when seen one after the other, seem to provide evidence that somebody really likes magenta pixelated lettering, maybe the same somebody who really likes magenta in general.

poor andy. poor everyone else who had to deal with andy. (you were right in that previous row of comments, i can try to relate his behavior to me and attempt to understand it all i want, but it falls apart once i take the other side into account. i even came up with a new reunion incident, where he mentions how he's rubbing it in the others' faces after astronaut didn't do as well as they wanted... i get it, dude, you're depressed and misery loves company, but that doesn't put you in the right!) it doesn't help that you can't see his eyes, but the body language isn't too positive either. to seriously answer your serious question, i remember seeing at least one early 2000s picture of all of them smiling. definitely nothing after the album was released, though. depending on your definition of where the astronaut era begins and ends, it could be that no smiling pictures count.

on a non-andy note, i like how simon is wearing lands' end moccasins or something along similar lines. moccasins: they're comfortable, but more presentable than crocs

aw, but the "danceophobia" spoken-word has the best of homage intentions! maybe you should imagine vincent price saying it instead. does that help, or does that just seem really silly? i just tried it and it seems very silly to me, and i'm the one who thought of it, so maybe it's just silly and not helpful.

huh, this second iteration of the comment turned out really random! oh well, off it goes. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Mintycake said…
The whiskey ads were disturbing and yet awesome at the same time! What a wonderful post, and now I am going to be $75 US poorer because of it (that's $125 Canadian for me! Bah!)

Durandy's pinup gallery is something to be enjoyed on a slow evening with a glass of wine. I took a brief view...oh so many memories of my bedroom walls as I had some of these!

Yes Simon's shirt is fantastic! LOL.

Looking forward to the "Vegas City of Dreams" review!
Morgan Richter said…
So this post has kinda blown up over the past few days -- Duran Duran said nice things about it on Facebook and Twitter, and the fabulous Martha Quinn picked up on it on Twitter just today. All of this really says more about Durandy's sterling reputation in the community than it does about Duranalysis, but the attention is nice.

Anonymous, your suggestion about Vincent Price on Danceophobia is an instant vast improvement! In general, I *like* weird spoken-word bits in songs -- in Duran terms, I think it worked really well on "Blame the Machines" -- but the Lohan bit always drags me right out of "Danceophobia." Vincent Price, on the other hand...

And good point -- I assume Roger has been drawn fully into the inner sanctum by now and thus knows of the location of the Rio poster, but you never know.

As for Andy... Yeah. My secret thrill at Durandy's online archive is finding photos of View To A Kill-era Nick and Andy hanging out together, looking like besties. Check it here and here.

Nothing is better than those Japanese whisky ads. Nothing.

Mintycakes -- I know! The pinup gallery has afforded me hours of entertainment already. Durandy has provided the internet with a very, very valuable resource. And his book is just marvelous -- there's something so satisfying about sitting down with a big, heavy, glossy book of photos of Duran Duran.
mousie mouse said…
wow, that's awesome that martha quinn retweeted you! i used to work somewhere that piped sirius's 80s channel through the store, and they played the ident with simon talking about her panties all the time. it was kind of funny to be going about my business and then suddenly panties in the middle of the hobby store.

it's definitely more entertaining to imagine vincent price saying, "i may have to work on you throughout the night. we have to trust each other."

as my understanding of the andy-nick friendship evolves its ending just gets sadder and sadder. they look so happy in those ;_;

i'm afraid that if i delve deep into another gallery i may never emerge. those early days of finding references by scrolling endlessly down tumblr and dragging the best faces to my desktop were both long and heady ones. ("another post of john making silly faces! and there're new ones! YES.") but i did have a lot of trouble finding a variety of good andy pictures, so i may give into temptation.
Kate Crisp said…
Fabulous as always. I very much enjoyed your reference to nick's 'dainty well moisturized hands' yes-indeedy. I had heard of Andy's book but didn't realize there was such a plethora of delight on his website...
Morgan Richter said…
Someone needs to find a Vincent Price impersonator to record a version of the Danceophobia spoken-word part. Because that's a change that must be made.

Kate and Anonymous: The galleries on his site are a time-killing rabbit hole. So many gorgeous photos to browse through! And it never ends: Durandy has a second book coming out shortly (I have an early version of it in my grubby hands, because Durandy is awesome), which features even more goodness.
Anonymous said…
i am still working on my essay about how, controversially, thrush may be more competent than u.n.c.l.e., but in the meantime i was wondering if you'd seen this yet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IL8GViqSB8U and figured it'd be better to put that question in the comments for a duran duran post instead of an u.n.c.l.e. post.
Morgan Richter said…
I had not seen that! Thanks, Anonymous! This is very important.

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