Monday, October 27, 2008

Simon LeBon is 50 today…

Who? Simon LeBon is the singer of Duran Duran. And Duran Duran is quite possibly my most favorite band of all time. I know, I know…I don’t sound cool to a lot of you, but I also listen to what the “kids listen to”, The Mars Volta, MGMT, and other stuff. But, my longtime fave is Duran Duran. They may not top the charts with every album they put out, but they seem like they are always having fun and genuinely enjoy what they’re doing and I like that. Their latest album, Red Carpet Massacre, came out about a year ago and they’re still touring, the next show in Texas is December 1st in San Antonio. My personal favorite of all their albums is their first, self-titled, Duran Duran, Friends of Mine being my favorite song. Are you a Duranie as well? Check out the ‘did you know’ list and find out.

Did you know
…that MTV just announced their video for Rio as best music video of all time, beating out Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit?
…they got their name from the villain from the movie Barbarella, Dr. Durand Durand?
A view to a kill is the only James Bond theme song to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and recently listed as the top James Bond theme song?
…August 10th is Duran Duran Appreciation Day?
…In 1985, People magazine labeled the “prettiest boys in rock”?
…Princess Diana regarded them as her favorite band?
…They’ve received a “Lifetime Achievement Award” from MTV Video Music Awards, Q Magazine and the BRIT Awards?
…they’re the first band to play live at the Lourve Museum in Paris?

Want to know more about my beloved band? Check out the news on Duran Duran in our databases (Factiva has a lot of articles and Biography Resource Center has excellent bios) and their homepage.

Check out some music and other stuff from Duran Duran:

Wild Boy: My Life in Duran Duran by Andy Taylor

The Essential Collection


Duran Duran


Maximum Duran Duran (interview biography disc)

Happy Birthday Simon!


Jennifer said...

A Librarian friend recommended I read your blog today - I am a Duran Duran fan (still :) too! I saw them one year ago in Dallas and New Orleans and this year in Atlanta, on May 17 and they are just as fun, entertaining and talented as they have always been. Simon even commented that he knew that some of the audience members "had been around a really long time" and he liked that. I have a fabulous picture of Simon from the concert as my computer wallpaper! So...from one Librarian to another...Durannies rule!!!!

Joyce said...

::DROOL:: I LOVE Duran Duran. I wonder if I'll be going to the show in San Antonio...that would be awesome! Happy belated birthday Simon!