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Ridiculously adorable Kat from the smart and sassy Book Tart blog sent me her RNRHS contribution with the caveat that she’s “so not rock ‘n’ roll”. I was quick to let her know that one previous contributor’s favorite make-out song was Pachelbel’s Canon in D. There are no rules here! If you’re anything like me, you appreciate that the people who didn’t grow up liking the same stuff everyone else did are the most fun to hang out with. So, yeah, Kat, be sure to send me an invite the next time you decide to haul out the Frank LPs.

Kat aka The Queen of Tarts (in my head)

Homeschooled, graduated ’98, Currently: Nanny, Family Assistant, reader, reviewer, blogger, vlogger (now if only those last four paid!)

Band and/or song that reminds you the most of high school: *sigh* ok I adore Karen, (so to the muchness!) but I put off doing this because I am NOT cool *head/desk* I didn’t listen to popular music or the radio much… I’d actually have to google to tell you what was playing during the late 1990s. And I think that defeats the purpose. *snicker* What I DID listen to, and nearly wore them out, was a box set of records my dad brought home from the thrift store.

Yep, records baby! No, it wasn’t THAT long ago, we had CDs. But we also had a record player and the box set was the Readers Digest late 1940s after World War II 10 record set. I about drove my family nuts! I would play and play those. Sooo there was The Andrews Sisters, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Mel Torme, Rosemary Clooney and Doris Day to name a few.

And a few of the songs that I would sing? Because, yes, I sang along. “Thanks for the Memories”, “The Very Thought of You”, “My Dreams Are Getting Better All The Time” by Vera Ellen, and especially…

“I Could Write a Book”… from “Pal Joey”

Favorite piece of music memorabilia (poster, t-shirt, etc.) in high school: Well, That record set… What else? I had a Judy Garland music box.

Band that you hated that everyone else at school seemed to love: N’sync was popular then right? I didn’t gush over ‘em. That’s only group that’s stuck in my memory though… I now I’m giving in and googling what music artist were big in the late 1990s, I’ll be right back….

1997 Music Chart…Oh! Michael Bolton! ROTFL I remember that hair! Spice Girls *giggle* You couldn’t avoid them. Counting Crows? I’m sure I would know them if I heard a song. Savage Garden… Yep, I remember singing along to that “You’ll be my kiss my fantasy” song… (I couldn’t listen to my records in the car!) Chumbawumba “I Get Knocked Down”… Yeah, that’ll get stuck in your head.

Best show or concert you saw in high school: See?! No cool stories, all my fav music artists are dead or not in concert. Even back then I was a retro baby.

Now, my music taste is a bit more eclectic. I listen to the top 20 channel sometimes. I love Bare Naked Ladies, I adore Pink! But I still really, really still love the 40s and 50s music. Give me a crooner… Oh! So Michael Bublé and Harry Connick Jr. will work for me in a pinch but I prefer the real deal.

I had to check out Duran Duran cause Karen loves them so. I agree! *thud* Yummy! and talented. I grew up in the wrong decade I think.

Thank you ever so to Karen for asking me to be part of the Rock N Roll High School. I’m flattered and so wish I was better at it. Though I stand by my 1945 singers…they aren’t very rock ‘n’ roll.

Give me Frank Sinatra *melt*

Visit Kat at The Book Tart for her spaz-outs (her term!) on various books she’s read or authors she adores all while fashionably dressed in her pin-up attire. Except when she’s in her PJs. But this is virtual, so you can imagine her as a 24-7 rockabilly chick. You can follow Kat on Twitter at @The_Book_Tart or check out her channel on You Tube.

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.