Talking to Girls About Duran Duran: One Young Man’s Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut is about the parallels between popular music and romance. Sheffield writes well and the topic of 1980’s popular music is one that is near to my heart, but I didn’t care as much for the characters. He (Rob Sheffield) seemed weird and some of the bands he liked were terrible- particularly Duran Duran. The whole point of liking Duran Duran, as a guy, is it would help you in the romance department, but it seemed to have the opposite affect with Rob. I enjoyed the book when the chapters dealt with his Irish sisters or when the chapters dealt with artists I respect like Paul McCartney, The Replacements, and The Psychedelic Furs.
My Kindle Notes From The Book
One kid always insisted on The Who’s Quadrophenia, which suggests a self-sabotaging sense of doom. – location 651-52
There were more where the League came from: Depeche Mode, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Heaven 17, Duran Duran, Kim Wilde, my beloved Haysi Fantayzee. We got all the U.K. synth-poppers a year or so after the Brits were through with them, but we were glad to have them. Any arty Brit- twerp with a magenta wedge and octagonal drum pads was a go. – location 692-94
“You Can’t Buy Soul”–for some reason, the Banana Splits – location 1436-37
One hundred percent of teenagers dream about making out, but they only dream about making out with 5 percent of other teenagers. This means our dreams and our realities are barely on speaking terms, so we look forward to making out with people who aren’t real, keeping us in a nearly universal state of teen frustration. It screws us up for the rest of our lives, as we keep hoping for the unattainable. – location 2109-12
Your average pop star gets famous by acting girlie–and as soon as he gets to the top, he frantically tries to get rid of the girls and starts trying to get taken seriously by the boys. – location 2950-51