Monday, June 20, 2011
          As I was checking my Facebook page this morning, it was brought to my attention that today is John Taylor's Birthday.  You know, the bassist for Duran Duran?  One of my oldest and dearest friends is the biggest Duran Duran fan you'll ever want to meet.  She has stalked followed Duran Duran since we were in junior high.  Actually, before junior high.  And she's good at it.  Has all of their autographs, along with pictures with them.  And, she's even met Simon LeBon's mother.  Like I'd know her from Eve - but she does!  I do agree with her taste.  I just don't bring my adoration for this good looking, dare I say, talented group to the extremes that my adorable friend Susan (aka, Chumpy), does.  It was her Facebook status that wished John Taylor a very Happy Birthday.  And, images of him immediately stuck in my head.  I was in love with Mr. Taylor back in the day.  I have to say, Duran Duran was the first band to which I knew all of the members' names.  Maybe the last.  I loved their music and they were very easy on the eyes.  In honor of John Taylor's Birthday, I thought it appropriate to feature a Duran Duran song today.  Happy Birthday, John!

Duran Duran

Moving on the floor now, babe, you're a bird of paradise.
Cherry ice cream smile - I suppose it's very nice.
With a step to your left and a flick to the right,
You catch that mirror way out west.
You know you're something special and you look like you're the best.

Her name is Rio and she dances on the sand.
Just like that river twisting through a dusty land.
And when she shines, she really shows you all she can
Oh Rio, Rio, dance across the Rio Grande.

I've seen you on the beach and I've seen you on T.V.
Two, of a billion stars… it means so much to me.
Like a birthday or a pretty view
But then I'm sure that you know it's just for you.
Her name is Rio and she dances on the sand.
Just like that river twisting through a dusty land.
And when she shines, she really shows you all she can.
Oh Rio, Rio, dance across the Rio Grande.

Hey now (ooh), look at that!.
Did he really run you down?
At the end of the drive, the lawmen arrive.
You make me feel alive, alive, alive!

I'll take my chance 'cause luck is on my side.
I tell you something I know what you're thinking.
I tell you something, I know what you're thinking.

Her name is Rio, she don't need to understand.
And, I might find her, if I'm looking like I can.
Oh Rio, Rio hear them shout across the land.
From mountains in the North down to the Rio Grande.

Fast Facts:
  • John Taylor's Birthday is June 20, 1960.  Yes, folks, that makes him 51 today. 
  • "Rio" was released in 1982, and reached #14 on the U.S. charts.  #9 in the U.K.
  • On an interview with VH1, Duran Duran explained that "Rio" is a metaphor for America and their desire to succeed there.  I think they did pretty well.  Hence the lyrics, "From mountains in the North, down to the Rio Grande."  This represents the span of America.  The Rio Grande separates the US from Mexico.
  • The video is filmed in Antigua, where the band members vacationed together.
  • I love the blue phone, complete with spiral cord, that Simon LeBon uses aboard the boat, in the video!  No cell phones way back then.   


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