Thursday, August 8, 2013

Rushers, Directioners, Duranies, OH MY!

I also love these men. Not LOVED. Love. Even Andy Taylor. 
This guest post is a part of a series featuring my amazing and hilarious co-authors of the book "I Just Want to Pee Alone". 

You guys know that I love Duran Duran, right? That I went to see them a couple of years ago (which feels like last week because I'm old and I can't judge time anymore. Last year was 1998, right?). So any guest post from one my beloved "Pee Alone" co-authors that mentions this band IS FREAKING IN. 

This post was written by Teri from SnarkFest, who I actually met in real life. She's super cool. Here's some more about her: 


Teri Biebel was raised in Jersey. She's married with two amazing (and trying) teens and spends most of her time living like a circus clown, juggling schedules and chauffeuring large groups of people in a 5 passenger car. She is sarcastic, she is snarky and her oldest has coined the term ‘Snarkastic’ to describe her. People tell her that she's funny and as long they don’t follow that up with the word “looking” she's totally okay with it. Read more from Teri at Snarkfest or check her out on Facebook.

Back in the day, we called ourselves Duranies. We followed the Fab Five in every piece of reading material we could get our hot little hands on. Remember Tiger Beat? Teen Beat? Bop? Rolling Stone? (yeah, that's still around). We Duranies had to WORK to find out the latest on our heartthrobs back then. Google? There was no Google! Cha Cha was a Latin dance. We were JUST getting into push button phones, for God's sake. We didn't have computers, internet, cell phones, texting, iPads, i-anythings!! We had to walk 10 miles in the snow, up hill, both ways, barefoot to buy magazines and darn-it, we liked it! Sure, every so often MTV would throw us a bone and have an interview with our boys and we'd all set our VCR's and watch them over and over. That was OUR Youtube. Pfffft. 'Friday Night Videos' was the shit and you watched it EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT just hoping they'd show your favorite band's video. And you checked MTV every chance you could get because back then the M actually stood for 'MUSIC' and not 'Manure' 'Malarky' or 'Merde'.  

Today, you can get information on your favorite band in less time than it took me to type this sentence. And these kids have NO idea how lucky they are. God, I know, I sound just like my mom did when she used to tell me how lucky we had it because we had a car with air conditioning and pleather seats! When SHE was a kid she rode in the rumble seat and she liked it! 

Oh sorry, back on topic. My kids now can access any website at any time and see their favorite bands, Big Time Rush and One Direction. They are now considered "Rushers" and "Directioners". One Direction, for those of you who are living under a rock with my mom, is the NEW Fab Five. The next best thing. This is the nickname they have for themselves: Directioners. And they apparently take that nickname very seriously. Case in point: Last night 12 was on the computer and 14 was texting way later than her cutoff time of 10:00. And 12 kept calling 14 over to see what Louie's new haircut looked like or what someone was saying about Niall. Apparently, some absolutely INSANE chick on 1D's FB page (stay with me here mom: One Direction's Facebook Page) had the absolutely audacity to say she loved Harry and Zayn but didn't really care for Niall. "Well then she's not a Directioner!" I heard 12 say, and 14 agreed profusely! Apparently, there is a rule written somewhere (maybe it's tattooed on Harry's skull?) that in order to qualify as a Directioner, you MUST love ALL 5 MEMBERS of the group!!! Disliking one is the equivalent of disliking ALL 5 and you will have your Directioner club card taken away and you will be forced to listen to.....ugh, the Jonas Brothers. 

Yes, apparently they're a little more strict today then they were back when I was a Duranie. Back in MY youth, you didn't HAVE to like all 5 members to be in the club. Hell, I never could STAND Andy Taylor. He was my least favorite of the Taylor brothers. I always wanted to take scissors to that nasty, greasy little ponytail of his and run off with Simon LeBon, spend hours laying on the beach drinking Pepsi and mocking Andy. (ok I was 16, and not yet the sleazy stalker I am today). That was the beauty of being a Duranie, you could like whomever you wanted and NOT like whomever you wanted and you weren't judged. There were 5 of them, PLENTY to go around.

Not today. Today, if you don't like one, you OBVIOUSLY don't like ANY of them. They apparently come as a package deal. It's the Directioners code.

I'm not sure if the same is true for Rushers, because my girls, while still very much in love with BTR, are more serious about the 1D rulebook. Is it POSSIBLE that you can LIKE the way James looks but hate the nasally, whiney sound that comes out of his mouth? I don't know. But if that is not the case, apparently I'm out of the Rushers club. 

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Read more from Teri at Snarkfest or check her out on Facebook.

(c)Herding Turtles 2009 - 2013

24 comments:

  1. Woot to my fellow Duranies!!! We Duranies can even change allegiances over the years. I was a total LeBon-ner back in the day, but have you seen John Taylor lately? Yowza. Go read his autobiography, "In the Pleasure Groove." Interesting stuff and some great pics. So glad I have boys so I don't have to know about Rushers and Directioners!

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    1. Hey sistah!!! Love them as much as I did back in the day but damn Roger Taylor has aged SOOOOO nicely!!

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    2. I guess it depends on the age if the boys - my 6- and 3-year-old boys LOVE 1D

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  2. Hilarious! I never liked Andy, either. Funny how the rules have changed and you now have to like all of them to be a true fan. I was lucky enough to see John Taylor at his book signing in Austin, and he is still looking good. I second the recommendation to read his book.

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    1. Hi Mama, I have his book but haven't gotten around to finishing it. (ok I'm on the first chapter)

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  3. NKOTB has a new song. I saw the video last night, I'm hooked all over again. ;)

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  4. Duranie checking in here....I LOVED Roger. I love-ed him. My mom thought I was such a troubled child because ever spare inch of wall space was plastered with a Duran Duran poster. Remember when three of them split off and formed "Arcadia"? Ya, let's not. Hmmmm, but still, Simon LeBon! My kids are little and the only thing they care about is "Swiper No Swiping", so I have no idea who these other imposters are. I'm educating them in the true ways of music...as in Duran Duran is still Mommy's favorite band, and since she is driving she will chose the music forever. :)

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    1. Raise them right!!! Have them listen to YOUR tunes so they know what GOOD music is. :)

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    2. Don't forget Power Station, either! Sacrilege.
      I personally think Simon has aged like fine wine - he's just gotten better & better looking!

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  5. I LOVED Duran Duran back in the day. And my daughter LOVES BTR and 1D. Since she is a fan of both, she is considered a "Rushioner" - yes they have a term for it! I LOVED this post. As soon as my daughter wakes up (we were at a BTR concert last night where she MET THE BAND!) she is SO going to read this!!!

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    1. Jolene, congrats to your daughter for getting to meet BTR!! My youngest paid for her ticket to see Austin Mahone AND then paid another $99 for a meet and greet. She's saving up now to buy a meet and greet for next year's BTR concert. Which hasn't even been announced yet.

      I've never heard the term Rushioner, but I'm sure if it's out there, I'll hear about it soon enough!

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  6. We have one of each at our house... a directioner and a rusher. It's a fierce competition I assure you... It's all fun and games til the directioner says "they're the new Beatles", then Daddy loses his Schmidt.

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    1. Oh my goodness, I'm sorry it's a competition there! Can't we all just get along? :) (oh and I see what you did there with the Schmidt) ;)

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  7. Back in the day we called ourselves Duranies? Heck, I am still one. My mini van says "got duran duran?" on it and it love Simon's tweets. Bummed that JT is on a tweet hiatus, but he has been popping back up on Instagram.

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    1. I actually got a RT from Simon when I posted a picture of him side by side with Snidely Whiplash when Simon had that God-Awful mustache!

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  8. Oh, Duran Duran! They were my first concert. I was SO in love with John Taylor. (I don't think anyone liked Andy, though he was a good guitar player.) My room was full of DD and JT posters... aah, to be young and in love. ;)

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    1. You're right, he kicks butt on the guitar. However, he's just not my cup 'o tea.

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  9. Omgosh! Love this post! The other day (maybe two years ago) I was getting my hair done and the hairdresser (age 28) was talking about this great concert she was going to in Miami. She said it was going to be tons of bands there but she's never heard of the headline band. I asked who and she said "some band called Duran Duran". I simultaneously felt like a geezer and the need to b-slap her.

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    1. I give you credit for not taking the scissors out of her hands and cutting her a new mouth.

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  10. Love this post. Thank you my friend I never knew I had. This made me smile. :)

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  11. Hi Teri...it's The REAL Debbie Brookhart....as always, love your piece! My 14 year old liked 1D, then R5 (the Austin & Ally guy is in R5), then IM5. Must they all have alpha-numeric monikers?? Thank God, hockey is still #1...she wants to marry Jonathan Toews...although she tells me, "He's got a girlfriend, though...she's a lingerie model." What a skank! (my words, not hers) I'm a Duranie as well....I liked Simon LeBon until an 'unfortunate stalking incident' in Miami...now I stick with Nick Rhodes. I loved your Snidely/SLB tweet episode! My sons are convinced that the Bowling For Soup song 1985 may be about me. 80s music rules!!

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    1. LOVE it Deb!!! And I'd LOVE to hear about the Miami incident!!

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  12. Ok, so in 8th grade shop class we had to make a wooden name. Everyone made their own name but whose did I make? "Nick." As in Rhodes. Yes, I was that girl.

    I switched to John, however, when Nick to a little to out of control with the makeup. And now I am the proud owner of a SIGNED copy of John's book. I touch it every night before going to bed.

    Kidding.

    Mostly.

    Signed, Tiffany Taylor (not my real last name, but ... you know).

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