Friday, January 25, 2008

Flashback Friday - Duran Duran "Rio"

Last week we did "Every Little Step" with Bobby Brown. This week's Friday Flashback is another '80s favorite...Duran Duran.

I received so much grief in college for liking this group. I believe the word "oreo" was said. Yes only in America was your racial identity so tied up into what music you like. God help you if you like Faith Hill or something, your black pass will be revoked! Add this to another reason I am glad to get the heck out of here. I think the younger generation doesn't care as much, they are exposed to all different types of music.

My friends and I still listened to this group along with all the early east coast hip-hop. I wasn't a fanatic like some of the women in my dorm. I thought they were going to lose their minds when Duran Duran played at our college. Women were arguing over who was cuter as if Simon Le Bon was going to show one day on the Quad and ask them out.

Like Michael Jackson and Madonna, Duran Duran really got how to make a good music video. Back then MTV actually played music (not reality shows 24/7) and theirs were among the most popular. Musically I do think they were unrated. The base line in "Rio" is fantastic.

Here is zee video for Rio. I bet you remember the words. ha


Sara, Ms Adventures in Italy said...

I'll have to intro you to my friend Alessandra in Rome - she's crazy crazy for Duran Duran - she was hanging out below his hotel room when he was in Rome, etc.!

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

Oh, the memories! I heard Nick Rhodes give an interview recently on my local radio station - he has a real sense of humor and humility. He was absolutely a riot.

Roam2Rome said...

Oh I miss the days when Mtv played videos. What ever happened?

Ah, music is my passion. Glad my college friends never saw my playlists, or else they would have given me grief, too...

Hmmm now that I think of it, maybe that's why I seriously toned down my blog's playlist... to spear myself grief :) Hehe... to no avail. I've been teased about how "different" it is anyway :)

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

sara - wait was this recently? That is hard core.

jen - there were some pretty crazy things going on in the '80s but the music was fun.

roam2rome - I don't know what happened to MTV. The Food Network is also becoming less about food and more about "reality programming".

I feel the same way about music. I listen to it every day. A former co-worker in DC cut a date short with a guy because she made fun of her for liking classic rock. She was from Cameroon and grew up in Paris and DC. She said she couldn't date someone small minded.

Anonymous said...

I love Duran Duran! I was also teased because I liked this group. My favorite song is Save a Prayer. The song Rio would come in a close second. I even kind of liked some of the songs on their attempted comeback album! LOL


J.Doe said...

I was never into Duran Duran-but I do miss the days when MTV played music videos.

Claudia said...

Ah...Rio!! My fave was Wild Boys!

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

Ms. ATL - Thanks for stopping by my blog. I like Save a Prayer as well.

j. doe - hello, the channel is called Music Television. Where is the music?

claudia - ha, I forgot about Wild Boys.