Rock ‘n’ Roll High School 64: I Dub Thee Daily Duranie Week

Today is the second installment in what I have decided to dub “Daily Duranie” week on my blog. It has a nice ring to it. Snappy. Right? Amanda of Rhonda and Amanda joins us today, with a few answers that fly in the face of what Rhonda had to say. Okay, it’s only one thing, but I still found it fascinating! That’s one of the truly awesome things about the Daily Duranie blog- Rhonda and Amanda don’t hesitate to disagree with each other and they certainly don’t hesitate to criticize the band when warranted. It’s not about hero worship and hand-holding, it’s about the music and the fans, and that’s the way Rhonda and Amanda like it.

Amanda Pustz

Ottawa Township High School, Ottawa, IL, Class of ’93, Currently: Teacher, Blogger/Writer/Fan Events Coordinator with the Daily Duranie

Band and/or song that reminds you the most of high school: “One” by U2. My friends were all into U2 then and we saw them a couple of times in concert. Thus, when I think of high school, I immediately think of them, which leads to U2. Plus, we wrote a line from the song in the snow with our footprints on the football field that everyone could see from the classroom windows. We liked the message of diversity within unity.

Favorite piece of music memorabilia (poster, t-shirt, etc.) in high school: I still have the t-shirt I got from the first time I saw Duran in August 1993. I had loved Duran for so long that this was a big deal. Despite that, I didn’t think it was the best show. In fact, I told my friend that they should break up because something wasn’t right. As someone who spends a great deal of time with my Duran fandom, I’m surprised that I’m not embarrassed about this but I’m not.

Band that you hated that everyone else at school seemed to love: So many! The hair bands like Motley Crue and Poison were very popular in the early part of my high school career. I hated them. I was still listening to Duran but had also discovered alternative bands, which seemed so much more intelligent. Plus, by that time, I avoided all that was popular.

Best show or concert you saw in high school: My first concert ever: Depeche Mode in 1990. I loved being one of thousands of people all singing together. It truly hooked me for concert going for the rest of my life!

Amanda Pustz is a teacher, writer, and 1/2 of the blogging team at Daily Duranie. Stop by the blog to see what’s up in the world of Duran fandom.

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4 Comments on “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School 64: I Dub Thee Daily Duranie Week

  1. Hilarious. It’s a miracle we’re still friends. Not only did she dare to use U2 as the band she remembers most from high school…she hated hair bands, which once Duran Duran started fading…were my FAVORITE!! :D

    We are SO opposite, which is also why our partnership works so well.

    I guess I’ll keep her. *sigh*

    -R

    • I just thought it was funny that you two had such opposite thoughts on the topic of U2 (and now that I know the hair band thing–awesome!). Glad that I had you two fill out your questionnaires separately.

      But I know what you mean–sometimes you need a few opposite perspectives to work together well, especially with the book you’re working on. Will make it an even more well-rounded read.

  2. Love that Rhonda and Amanda have connections but in different manners.

    I’ll admit that I had an Alarm t-shirt (Spirit of 76 in 86) for so long that it disintegrated and I’m still kind of sad about it.

    My Duran pillow with a bunch of my buttons may have to make a public debut at the Convention.

    • I want to see the Duran pillow! Photos?

      BTW, LOVE the Alarm. I had an autographed copy of “Declaration” that I won from Smash Hits magazine in their celebrity look-alike contest. I received an honorable mention for my portrayal of Madonna. :)

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