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80s ‘Superfans’ talk about their obsessions for Bowie, Boy George, Duran Duran & Elvis

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Superfans in the sixties.
 
I don’t suppose I fit the requirements to be called a superfan, well, unless you count having a cheeky wank to a Kate Bush video when I was much younger. Probably not. But I did once (all too briefly) date a tall blonde David Bowie superfan, who probably only ever went out with me because of my passable impression of the Thin White Duke. My vocal dexterity was convincing enough for this dear sweet girl to demand I serenade her with one or two of her favorite Bowie songs during our more intimate moments. I knew it could never last. There was only so long I could sing “The Laughing Gnome” without losing my ardor.

Back in January 1984, Smash Hits music magazine went in search of a selection of typical eighties superfans. They discovered a band of girls and boys who had an overwhelming passion for all things Bowie, Presley, Duran Duran, Culture Club, Madness, Staus Quo, and even Marillion. These young things gave some sweet and occasionally strange answers as they tried to explain exactly what it means to be a “superfan.” Their answers were compiled into a strange format—as if the writer was attempting to cram in as many words as possible into one sentence without thought for punctuation or even explaining who exactly was talking (Me). But that’s not so important as we do get to hear what it meant to be young(-ish) and obsessed with music in the 1980s.
 
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Smash Hits 5-18 January 1984.
 
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DURAN FANS

NAMES: TRACY PARKES & KIM GREVILLE
AGES: 15 & 14
HOME: BIRMINGHAM

“I (Tracy) liked them when they first came out. She talked me (Kim) into going on Duran Duran ‘cause I liked Dexys. She told me to take down all my DMR stuff, give it away and stick up Duran Duran. We have about the same amount of stuff. Tracy has more scrapbooks but I’ve got more on the wall—about 50 different things. We don’t get anything. We only get things if we like them. If it’s a really gonkified pic of Simon le Bon we won’t get it. You don’t put gonks on your wall do you? There’s sort of levels of being a fan. We’ve got a friend who is a real fan but we think she prefers football. She only puts up little pictures on her wall. Even if we see a little one when we’re walking up the street, we’ll be screaming. There was one time she went totally mad on Wham!. We didn’t talk to her for about three days. Then suddenly she went back to Duran. All the lost Duran Duran fans are Wham! fans. We visit Roger’s mum and we’ve been up to Nick and John’s parents’ houses. The first time we went to Roger’s we interviewed his mum for a school project and we found out a few facts that no-one else knew. She told us he was tone deaf and that his favourite toy was a glove puppet. And that his favourite meal is Welsh Rarebit. We’ve been up twice now. No three times. The last time she invited us. His dad was there decorating. We had our pictures took with his dad, his mum and the dog. I think people who go mad and sleep on the grass outside are cruel. OK, you might see him but he isn’t going to ask you out and that is what a lot of fans expect. Some of the girls say they are going to meet John Taylor one day. He’s going to swirl them round to the dinner table—with chocolates and everything—and ask them to marry him. We know that isn’t going to happen. I (Tracy) would love to be in one of their videos. Yeah (Kim), even if we were only standing at the bus stop. Anything. The only thing we have in common is that we’re Duran Duran fans. I’m (Tracy) quiet; she’s noisy. I (Kim) say the wrong things; she doesn’t”

 
More superfans discussing their love of Staus Quo, Madness, Elvis Presley and David Bowie, after the jump….

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Posted by Paul Gallagher
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04.26.2017
09:46 am
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Just a great rock ‘n’ roll band letting it rip: The mighty Status Quo in concert from 1970
12.13.2016
12:18 pm
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Maybe you’re never heard of Status Quo. Maybe you think you’ve heard of them—but dunno whether you have or not or who they are or even what they do. Or, maybe you’ve heard of them as one of the “limey bands” who got name-checked as an in-joke on that execrable series Vinyl—which hell, I rather liked. Well none of that really matters—because here’s your blind date intro to Status Quo. 

Status Quo are a rock ‘n’ roll band. They’re maybe the best rock’n’ roll band still going simply because the best rock ‘n’ roll is based around four guitar chords. Status Quo know four guitar chords—perhaps they even know five but their best known songs are mainly based around four guitar chords.

But rock ‘n’ roll isn’t just guitars is it? It’s long hair. Check. Denim. Check. Awesome concert performances. Check. (Take a listen to Quo Live (1976)—one of the greatest live rock ‘n’ roll albums evah!) Big guitar riffs? Check. Humongous misuse of drink and drugs? Double check. (The two mainstays of the band lead singer/guitarist Francis Rossi and guitarist/vocalist Rick Parfitt claim to have ingested some $2.5 million of cocaine between them in the 1980s—to such an extent Rossi lost part of his septum to over-indulgence and can pop a cotton bud through his nose.)
 
Get ready to rock with Quo, after the jump…

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Posted by Paul Gallagher
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12.13.2016
12:18 pm
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Manbroidery: Flickr group for dudes who like to embroider
08.27.2010
05:28 pm
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Who woulda thunk a Status Quo pillow existed? Thanks to Manbroidery, it does now.

Men who embroider or knit unite! Join and post in this awesome group. Men can sew, too. Don’t forget it! Post any works or pictures of “the process”. Any fiber art is allowed. Thanks.

 
(via Everlasting Blort)

Posted by Tara McGinley
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08.27.2010
05:28 pm
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