Title: Talking to Girls about Duran Duran
Author: Rob Sheffield
Rob Sheffield might be my favorite music review nerd. And I do mean nerd. He might profess to know a lot about pop music but when it comes to women he’s the first to admit he’s got a lot to learn.
Talking to Girls about Duran Duran is Sheffield’s ode to the 80′s. In each chapter he takes a song from the decade and relates it to a memory he had that involves women. Most of what he knows he learned from his sisters who taught him everything. He credits Duran Duran for much of it as well because women love them some Duran Duran (author’s note: not this woman, but whatever)
What I appreciate most about Sheffield is his ability to relate music to life. In on chapter, he discusses a line from LCD Soundsystem’s song “All My Friends”
You spent five long years trying to get with the plan, and the next five years trying to be with your friends again
Sheffield states, “By the time you’re an adult, you’re used to seeing friends disappear into their five-year plans. they drop out to get married, have babies, go to grad school, get divorced. They start a band or enter the penal system. They vanish for years at a time — some come back, some don’t. Some of them you wait for and some you let go.” It’s his relatability that makes me love Sheffield so very much.
Or it could be his unabashed love of the cassingle. Remember those? The cassette single that was sold for a cheap price. You got the awesomeness that wasthe song you loved without having to be subjected to the whole album and you got a bonus track (or remix of the original) on the reverse side. I laughed as he described them and then promptly went and found all those I still have, even though I no longer own a tape player.
I was eager for Sheffield to follow up Love is a Mixed Tape and he didn’t disappoint. Now I just gotta wait for him to crank out another one.