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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.

I first met Rhonda Rivera and Amanda Pustz from the Daily Duranie blog on Twitter. This is the magic of social media–connecting with people who share the same interests, geography be damned. Tweeting is all well and good, but luckily I was able to hang out with them in person when they came to see Duran Duran in NC, in August of last year. We had a fabulous pre-show party with tons of other fans, a chance to revel in the anticipation of that night’s show and maybe even look back on the days when we wallpapered our bedroom walls with the band’s posters. It was the perfect example of the community the band inspires, but it takes folks like Rhonda and Amanda to bring us together. Hell, we need somebody to foster some organization. Their devotion to celebrating fandom has turned into much more than a blog as you will read below, in Rhonda’s installment of Rock ‘n’ Roll High School.

Rhonda Rivera
Charter Oak High School, Covina, CA, Class of ’88, Currently: I am a stay-at-home mom (which is a complete LIE. Staying at home has nothing to do with it!), a blogger for The Daily Duranie, and a non-fiction writer. My writing partner (for the blog and our books) and myself are developing a company devoted to celebrating fandom through books and blogs, fan events, conventions, speaking engagements and panels, and of course planning our own events for the Duran Duran fan community. I also am still trying to raise three kids, two cats and a husband! Most days I feel like I’m being pulled in 50,000 directions, and right now I’m learning how to “end” my workday to resume the duties of mom and wife (which basically means cooking and cleaning up after everyone). It’s not easy, but I love being so busy and finally having something to call my own after years of feeling fairly isolated at home.

Band and/or song that reminds you the most of high school: Curiously, the band that reminds me most of high school is the aforementioned Duran Duran, although their hey-day took place just as I was entering high school.  I was a die-hard and stuck with them!

Favorite piece of music memorabilia (poster, t-shirt, etc.) in high school: Truthfully it was one of MANY…but I still love it to this day. My entire room was wallpapered with Duran Duran, and of course I had every album they released.  (At the time, that wasn’t too difficult to do since they were an eighties band!)  My favorite album of theirs though was the 12” single with “Union of the Snake” on one side and “Secret Oktober” on the other.  I still have it in my album collection to this day.

Band that you hated that everyone else at school seemed to love: This is SO easy for me…U2!!!!!!!  I still don’t know why everyone thought they were the best thing since sliced bread, but I couldn’t stand them…purely because everyone loved them, and now I still think they’re one of the most overrated bands in the history of man.

Best show or concert you saw in high school: I am somewhat embarrassed to say that I only saw one concert in high school…it was Power Station in 1985 I believe…so that one wins! I know from reading John and Andy’s books that it wasn’t a good time for them, but I have to say that at the age of 14 in the summer of 1985, I didn’t care. I was so excited to finally be standing in front of two of my idols that I don’t know if I even heard them play. I blame my youth. I would have never called them out for “phoning in” a performance back then.  Now?  I’m armed with a blog….don’t make me have to use it!

Best high school make-out song: Wow.  Well towards the end of high school my boyfriend at the time was really into Chicago, and we did have “a song”. (laughs) “Will You Still Love Me” by the aforementioned Chicago. It’s even worse now than it was back then!! The song makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up now and I get this weird taste in my mouth. You know the kind, when you’re trying not to hurl and that sick comes up?? Yeah…that’s it. I don’t know why for a drummer, he had such lame taste. He was a total hair band guy and even played in a local band, but no…we had a Chicago song. I sure hope he shares that wonderful taste with his now-wife (who incidentally was the girl he plucked from the audience and cheated on me with). I’m not bitter though. Not at all.

Rhonda Rivera is a blogger, writer and 1/2 of Rhonda and Amanda, the women who steer the ship at DailyDuranie.com. Amanda will be joining us on January 10th–make sure you stop by.

Chick Lit author Tracie Banister joins us today on RNRHS, bringing a post rife with 80s music, which you know makes me happy. I, like Tracie, have many happy memories of lighting up the gymnasium dance floor to the Go-Go’s, a band that epitomized the 80s and everything girls wanted at that time–to live a life full of funky clothes, vintage convertibles, sunny skies, and frolicking in public fountains. My sophomore year of high school, a cute boy at a record store told me that I looked just like Belinda Carlisle. I think I rode the high of that compliment for months. It wasn’t until later in life that I wondered if that had been 80s-boy code for, “you’re cute, but a little pudgy”.

Tracie Banister

El Toro High School, El Toro, CA & West Carteret High School, Morehead City, NC. Class of ’85, Currently: a Chick Lit writer.

Band and/or song that reminds you the most of high school: Oh, gosh, if I had to pick one song that encapsulates my high school experience, it would probably be “Our Lips are Sealed” by The Go-Go’s. That song played at every slumber party and school dance I can remember. It was such a fun, upbeat, empowering song for girls, and we all loved rocking out to it.

Favorite piece of music memorabilia (poster, t-shirt, etc.) in high school: I was totally obsessed with The Police in high school. Their Synchronicity album was released right about the time I got my driver’s license, so my friends and I would cruise around town listening to the Synchronicity cassette tape on a continuous loop. I had every piece of Synchronicity paraphernalia you can imagine – t-shirts, posters, spiral notebooks, magnets, all emblazoned with that iconic artwork that had the paint splashes of red, yellow, and blue. I wore that Synchronicity t-shirt well into my twenties until it was practically threadbare and even then I couldn’t bear to throw it out! So, that tattered tee was kept in the bottom of my dresser drawer for another decade. It made me feel 16 again every time I saw it!

Band that you hated that everyone else at school seemed to love: Journey . . . SHUDDER I don’t know what it was about Steve Perry’s voice, but it made me want to go postal every time I heard it and there was no getting away from Journey when I was a teenager. That band and their music was everywhere. I want to give a big raspberry to Glee and the musical Rock of Ages for making that annoying song “Don’t Stop Believin’” popular again a few years ago. GROAN

Best show or concert you saw in high school: I was several hours away from the closest arena when I was a teenager, so I didn’t get to attend my first concert (Hall & Oates!) until I reached the ripe old age of 20 (I’d moved to Atlanta at this point.) I made up for lost time in my twenties, going to 10+ concerts a year throughout the decade. I had a friend who worked for a local music producer, so she always got us free tickets, even backstage passes sometimes (I got to meet Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons backstage at a KISS concert!) So, I don’t have a best concert from my high school years, but my best concert of all time was probably INXS (R.I.P. Michael Hutchence)

Best high school make-out song: Well, my classmates would probably say something like “Waiting for a Girl Like You” by Foreigner or “Keep on Loving You” by REO Speedwagon, but I was never really into ballads. My make-out tune of choice would be “Tainted Love” by Soft Cell; I always found that song to be really sexy and hormone-revving (Guess I had a dark side!)

An avid reader and writer, Tracie Banister has been scribbling stories since she was a child, most of them featuring feisty heroines with complicated love lives like her favorite fictional protagonist Scarlett O’Hara. Her debut novel, the Hollywood-themed Blame It on the Fame, was released in January, 2012, and she followed that up with the Miami-set Romantic Comedy, In Need of Therapy. You can find out more about Tracie at traciebanister.blogspot.com or follow her on Twitter @traciebanister.