30 Years Ago, Duran Duran Was the Biggest Band in the World. Tonight They Play the Puyallup Fair. John Taylor Interview

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1984

Took a cross country road trip from Pittsburgh to West Coast to deliver my friend Brian who was set to work in a startup near Bear Creek, CA. Along the way decided to travel through the PNW since he is native to both Seattle and Portland.

In Portland after 4 days of listening to AM pop radio, went down to the newly built Big Pink building where there was a food court. We, just graduated from college, and in our flannels and blue jeans, became immersed in a sea of stylish teenagers.

They all seemed to be wearing white, baggy -- or rather wafting, like sheets in the wind -- clothes. Angular hair cuts. Mascara? Could it be...yes, this was the first adolescent generation that got its visual fetishes not from album covers, but from MTV...specifically...Duran, Duran.
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Reading this reminded me of a great scene from the Sundance show "Deutschland 83" where the young East German spy Martin is first exposed to the Western joys of a Walkman and Duran Duran.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwdP3GVW…