Talking to Girls About Duran Duran: One Young Man's Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut
One was a rather depressing tale of orphanism and the south and people who chewed tobacco. I shudder. The other was that horrible Heathers like book Some Girls Are… (not horrible as in horrible writing, but ugh…) and then I finished up this book. I am all over the place. I have a cold and was told that I may be experiencing ‘premenopausal’ symptoms (fuck that shit. I am 41 years old. I’m sweating because I live in New Engla...more
I despise cooked onions. But I love liver. And 99% of diners everywhere serve it smothered with sauteed onions. If I don't specify "no onions" when ordering and am thus presented with a dish pi...more
It took me less than three days to finish Rob Sheffield's equivalent of a sophomore album - his second book, Talking to Girls About Duran Duran. I was a huge fan of his memoir, Love is a Mix Tape, so I had high hopes for this book too.
Now I didn't live through the 80s, I'm not a Duran Duran fan, not Irish Catholic, and didn't recognize the majority of these songs by name, but I ripped through this book. I would get to the end of a chapter (each chapter title a different song) and think, "oh...ju...more
I throughly loved this one, more so that the Mix Tape... this is about the 80s and I could relate. Rob is a gifted writer who can spin webs with words and nail the sentiment of a generation's relationship to music and pop culture. It's self-deprecating and funny, but also sentimental and honest and it rings true.
This also makes me want to watch a bunch of VH1 specials to hear more of Rob's commentary.... which is poignant and righ...more
Rhythm was girl code, which is why I was obsessed with the claps, but I never got it right. Handclaps were the difference between boys music and girls music.
One of my favorite Morrissey songs, about how there's a group of friends and one of them starts going to the fascist disco and everybody grieves because they've lost their boy. In general, political e...more
As someone who spends much of her time immersed in the pseudo-objective world of music "critique," I foun...more
Sheffield likes to portray himself as a wuss with a weakness for shiny pop but he's way more...more
Yeah. So I just read Talking to Girls About Duran Duran. That’s kinda how I feel about the book. It’s good. Very good! It’s just…well…I think I lack the balls to appreciate it fully.
I mean, based on the cover, it screams...more
At the end of this book, I can say that I was right, but not for the reasons I'd imagined. This book is real- like reminiscing with an old friend. The parts I ended up loving about this book- the humorous, light writing (like you were talking to the smartest, funniest, nerdiest guy you...more
With that said, it wasn't as bad as I was expecting. Yes, I love 80s music and have an addiction to pop music from any era, so I was a little more open to the topic of Sheffield's essays. I'll be the first to admit that this guy has a great writing voice and...more
Okay, before we get too far into this, everyone should know that this book doesn't come out for a whole week.
This is very exciting for me.
Not only did I hold the book in my hands before the unwashed, unshaven, apparently wholly uneducated about hygiene masses, but the version I held was special. And not just because it was an uncorrected proof. Not just because Steve Perry was named Stev...more
He references everything from Bowie to the Stones, Chaka Khan to the Replacements. He muses on items such as: how many songs by difference artists there are about Major Tom, the Banana Splits, what...more
His first book, Love is a Mix...more