Calling all Duranies! Call for submissions

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(Updated and Revised 2/28/15)

If you’re a thirty to fifty-something, chances are you might have heard of a little band from Britain called Duran Duran.

You couldn’t go to a magazine rack in the 1980’s without seeing Duran Duran on the covers of all the popular teen magazines like Bop!, Tiger Beat and Star Hits, just to name a few. Their fans were screaming, wild teenie-boppers who sported the latest in 80’s fashion and flair. 

Most Duran Duran fans were female, of course. Those of us who were true fans referred to ourselves as Duranies. 

Duran Duran was (and still are!) a very influential band with great style, high energy and cutting edge, innovative, sexy music and videos.


In honor of my 25 year class reunion in 2015, I’ve decided to put together an anthology of essays and artwork from Duranie’s around the world (I hope!).

I Was a Teenage Duranie, is fueled by my love for and wonderful memories of Duran Duran, and inspired by John Taylor’s autobiography, In The Pleasure Groove: Love, Death & Duran Duran.



CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS (updated 3/1/15)


What I am looking for are personal essays, anecdotes, artwork and photos by women AND men who were (and still are!) Duranies for inclusion in this anthology. 

**Would LOVE to find parents and children (and even grandchildren!) who love Duran Duran as well! Duran Duran’s music is timeless and classic!


  • Essays and anecdotes should be at least 300 words. Poems will also be considered. Send Word documents, links, or paste text into email body.
  • Artwork should have a Duran Duran element to it and preferably created during your teen years. Attach a JPG of artwork to email with description of the work.
  • Photos from the 80’s until now of Duran Duran concerts, posters in your room, group of friends holding Duran Duran items or dressed up as members of Duran Duran, actual concert tickets, Duran Duran themed mix tapes and anything that you think might be of interest to readers in this book. Attach as JPG to email, with description of the photo.
  • If in doubt about if something meets guidelines, just ask. You never know!
  • You can send more than one piece to go together (i.e.: essay with photos or artwork)
  • Deadline for submissions: 4/30/15
  • Those chosen for inclusion in I Was a Teenage Duranie will be notified within a few weeks of submission closing date.


*When published, all contributors chosen to be in the book will receive a copy of the book. Accepted written submissions will also receive $10 for their contribution. No payment for photo submissions, as of yet. Payments all subject to change as the project goes forward.
All submissions can be emailed to Laura at fatgirltales72@gmail.com with subject line “Duranie submission”



Rights to the material:

I Was a Teenage Duranie retains the rights to the material if chosen for inclusion, but sole creative rights remain property of the writer/contributor. You can post the material on blogs or other websites with reference to the book and website.

If accepted for I Was a Teenage Duranie, your submission is subject to editing for clarity, grammar and content.

The contributor agrees that Laura Bock retains the right to archive your submission on the Tales of a Formerly Inadequate Fat Girl website, and it could be used in part or whole, with full credit to creator, for promotion of the book I Was a Teenage Duranie.






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Book Cover Design Contest! [I Was a Teenage Duranie]

Since the anthology I’m compiling, Cherry Ice Cream Smile: I Was a Teenage Duranie, is all about and for the fans of Duran Duran, I thought I’d come to you – the fans – for the cover design of the book! 

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This is a great chance to use your artistic talent and love for Duran Duran to create an awesome book cover! Do it to build your portfolio, break into a new niche (book cover design), get your name and talents out there into the spotlight or just for fun! 



The project:


Cover must include the following elements


Title: Cherry Ice Cream Smile: I Was a Teenage Duranie

Subtitle/description: Memories, anecdotes, art and memorabilia from Duranies around the world

Author: Edited by Laura Bock

Specs: 8″ x 10″, CMYK color profile, files in either PSD or PDF format

Please, no text only covers. Please feel free to use any stock images or images you own the rights to. Most of all – Be creative! 


The top 3 designs will be featured in a blog post and shared across social media – Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram.

Winner gets their design, in part or whole, used as the cover for Cherry Ice Cream Smile: I Was a Teenage Duranie with full credit and 3 copies of the book when released.

Any questions, please feel free to email me and ask!

*Deadline for submissions: 5/3/15 

All submissions can be emailed to Laura at fatgirltales72@gmail.com with subject line “Duranie cover submission”


Terms of submission:


By submitting any designs for the cover of the book tentatively titled Cherry Ice Cream Smile: I Was a Teenage Duranie, you automatically agree to the following terms. Please don’t submit anything if you do not agree.


  • I acknowledge that the design I am submitting is my original concept and design and that if chosen, the final book cover may include my design in part or whole, with credit given properly to me in the copyright section of the book.
  • I waive any claims that I may have against Laura Bock and the agents and publishers who may pick up publication of the book, their licensees and assigns with regard to the design I have submitted to illustrate the jacket of a work tentatively entitled Cherry Ice Cream Smile: I Was a Teenage Duranie, compiled by Laura Bock, including any claims of invasion of privacy, violation or right of publicity, libel or copyright infringement.


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Songs of Our Lives [mix tape]


It’s one of the many beautiful things in life that helps shape us into the people we are today.


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Music is used to express emotions, define events in history, shape a culture and spread happiness and joy. A single song can transport you to times long gone and bring a flood of emotions back.

Songs are used to celebrate and remember occasions. Why do you think a couple’s wedding song is so magical and special? We sing the “Birthday Song” to celebrate one another’s birthday.

Music also helps us to express and deal with heartache and heartbreak. I know when I am in a depressed state of mind and I want to wallow, I want nothing more than to brood. For these special occasions, I have a “Sad Bastard” music mix tape playlist to go to.


Mix tape playlists are one of the best things in the world to me.


Nothing feels better than to pop in my ear plugs and turn up my iPod to a specially picked selection of music to fit whatever mood I am in. I can’t even begin to tell you the amount of music I had on my iPod before I had to reset it.

I was devastated.

I lost all my awesome playlists! My MacBook still has all the music that was on my iPod, but those playlists are forever lost. The moods and memories of those songs, and the order in which I placed them are all but a memory to me.

Good thing is I can start a new set of playlists after I finish mourning the passing of my beloved playlists from 2008-2012.

RIP, you will be missed.


While contemplating making a new playlist, I was roused by the thought of a theme song playlist of my life.


Being the curious woman I am, I polled my Facebook friends and asked them if they had to pick a song as their own personal theme song, what would it be and why. I enjoyed reading their replies, some didn’t surprise me in the least bit. The one thing I did notice is that theme songs can change depending on the day or mood.

For me, there has always been one song lurking in the background of my life since the late 1980’s and has gotten a lot louder in my life as of the past few years. I’m talking about U2’s smash hit I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, from their Joshua Tree album.

However, here is the big question I had for many years: how can I find what I’m looking for when what I want is constantly changing and evolving?


Today, I think that I’ve finally found that answer – I want nothing more than to feel whole and complete, grounded and centered, fulfilled and content.


I also believe that what I am truly looking for is in Rome, Italy.

I never felt more at home somewhere than when I was in Rome almost four years ago. As I walked the streets of my beloved Rome, I didn’t use a map and never got lost on its ancient cobblestone walkways. I had no fear, no apprehensions. I never had that feeling before, and haven’t experienced it ever since.

But I digress…

Last weekend while snowed in, I created a new playlist – Songs of My Life.

Each song has precious and personal meaning for me. Most of the songs are punk, new wave and dark wave artists. However, my life has been full of diversity, and thus my playlist reflects this.

I’ve linked my playlist at the end of this post and although I’m not going to describe each track as I normally do with a mix tape playlist posting. Those who know me, will not be surprised in the least at the songs I’ve included in this nor how my playlist ends…

I’m sure I will add on to this playlist as time marches on.

Now, I challenge you to create your very own playlist of the songs of your life.

What would be your #1 track? How would you end your playlist?



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50 Shades of Misinformation! [Skirt Collective]

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Sorry, but Fifty Shades of Grey got it all wrong!

It’s time to get schooled about what BDSM play is really about! This is a topic I am very passionate about, after experiencing it from both sides of the whip.

In my first piece for Skirt Collective, you can find out how to approach your lover about BDSM play. Being informed is the best way to start your kinky journey!

Read, comment and share – and check out the other great articles on Skirt Collective while you’re there!

Hopefully with some new (or refreshed) knowledge, you’ll be on your way to having some sexy, kinky time with your lover!






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Dating a Narcissist? [Indie Chicks]

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Ever wondered if the person you’re in a relationship with is a narcissist? Unfortunately, it is a lot more common than you might think… So you just might be!

My latest article on Indie Chicks provides you with 6 tell-tale signs you just might be dating a narcissist! 

Take a moment for you to read, comment and share my article… and while you’re there, check out my other articles and the rest of Indie Chicks! There’s something for EVERYONE! 







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Post Punk Love – 14 songs about (you guessed it) Love [mix tape]

It’s been a while since I last posted a mix tape post, so…

Today I bring you, just in time for Valentine’s Day, the awesome Post Punk Love mix tape playlist with 14 great songs by post punk and new wave bands of the 80’s!

This mix tape has a good variety of slow and upbeat songs, along with different love themes.

All in all, if you dig post punk and new wave bands, you’ll definitely dig this mix tape playlist!

Grab a bottle of wine, light some candles and incense, get cozy with your lover and turn it up! <3 


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Echo & the Bunnymen albumLips Like Sugar – Echo & The Bunnymen

This is one of my favorite Echo songs and is a wonderful way to start this mix tape playlist!

Catchy and fun lyrics with Ian’s melancholy voice… so dreamy!

“Just when you think you’ve caught her / She glides across the water / She calls for you tonight / To share this moonlight”


peter murphy albumLet Me Love You – Peter Murphy

Ahhhh… the one and only Peter Murphy. No post punk mix tape is complete without him – especially a love themed one.

I melt when I hear him sing… Peter sets the perfect mood for love with this song. 

“Oh let me love you in the morning light / Oh let me give you cover until it’s alright / Oh let me feel you come into my arms”


Depeche Mode Black CelebrationA Question of Lust – Depeche Mode

To go from Peter Murphy right into this Depeche Mode classic is heavenly!

It was a toss-up between this song and Stripped, but Question of Lust won out. Just listen to the lyrics and you’ll see why…

“It’s a question of lust / It’s a question of trust / It’s a question of not letting / What we’ve built up / Crumble to dust / It is all of these things and more / That keep us together”


bryan ferry boys and girlsSlave to Love – Bryan Ferry

Bryan Ferry had a great solo career after Roxy Music broke up that “officially” kicked off with this sexy tune. 

Bryan’s voice just takes you over the edge in this sultry song. It oozes sensuality and love. 

“The sky is burning / A sea of flame / Though your world is changing / I will be the same”


it must be love madnessIt Must Be Love – Madness

Most people, when they hear of the underrated post punk/ska band Madness, automatically think of the 80’s hit, Our House

I catch myself singing It Must Be Love all day long once I hear it. 

“It must be love, love, love / It must be love, love, love / Nothing more, nothing less / Love is the best”


inside outInside Out – The Mighty Lemon Drops

Such a fantastically upbeat and fun song by a lesser known 80’s band, The Mighty Lemon Drops.

You just can’t help but sway to the beat of this song!

“You can’t stop my heart from turning inside out / Just try and stop my world from turning inside out”


oingo boingoViolent Love – Oingo Boingo

I absolutely love this catchy short song from Danny Elfman and Oingo Boingo!

Filled with Ska and Punk elements, you cannot help but sing along and dance to this one!

“I want to make violent love, / To you by the moon above, / I want to make violent love to you.”


Duran Duran Wedding AlbumCome Undone – Duran Duran

One of my all-time favorite new wave bands, Duran Duran garnered the spotlight of my late childhood and early teens. I was so thrilled when they burst back onto the scene in the early 90’s with their seventh studio album, known as The Wedding Album

I still get chills hearing this song. So hauntingly beautiful, almost gothic. Simon puts the listener into a trance with his dreamy vocals.

“Lost, in a snow filled sky / We’ll make it alright to come undone / Now we’ll try to stay blind to the hope and fear outside / Hey child, stay wilder than the wind and blow me in to cry”


p furs mirror movesGhost in You – Psychedelic Furs

Speaking of dreamy vocals, Richard Butler of The Psychedelic Furs is at the top of my post punk list for vocals. 

 Love and pining for love lost are the meanings in this beautiful song. Not all love gets a happy ending. This is one of my favorite P-furs tunes.

“Inside you the time moves and she don’t fade / The ghost in you, she don’t fade / Inside you the time moves and she don’t fade”


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I Melt With You – Modern English

One hit wonder, Modern English, hit a home run with this awesome and fun love song from the 80’s!

This was a popular dance song in the clubs, subject to a lot of remixes. If you don’t feel like getting up to dance when you hear this, you must be dead!

“I’ll stop the world and melt with you / You’ve seen the difference and it’s getting better all the time / There’s nothing you and I won’t do / I’ll stop the world and melt with you”


Cure DisintegrationPictures of You – The Cure

Love song or break-up song? You decide.

Off of The Cure’s best album (in my opinion, of course) Disintegration, this love song expresses so much love, love lost and most of all, regret. You can’t get any more “Cure” than this song.

“If only I’d thought of the right words / I could have held on to your heart / If only I’d thought of the right words / I wouldn’t be breaking apart / All my pictures of you”


The Queen is Dead SmithsThere is a Light That Never Goes Out – The Smiths

Leave it to The Smiths and Morrissey to add a bit of morbidity to love.

Nothing else needs to be said about this song. The lyrics say it all.

“And if a double-decker bus / Crashes into us / To die by your side / Is such a heavenly way to die / And if a ten-ton truck / Kills the both of us / To die by your side / Well, the pleasure – the privilege is mine”


Siouxsie & the Banshees PeepshowLast Beat of My Heart – Siouxsie & The Banshees

A post punk playlist about love is not complete without Siouxsie & The Banshees! This gorgeous gem is off of their most popular studio album, Peepshow.

Siouxsie Sioux has to be one the most memorable post punk female vocalists of the 80’s. So mysterious. You can hear the longing and devotion of love in her voice.

“How in the world / Can I wish for this? / Never to be torn apart / Close to you / ‘Til the last beat / Of my heart”


U2 Joshua TreeWith or Without You – U2

One of the ultimate songs that defined the 80’s, and one of U2’s most popular releases.

There are so many great love songs, but none that fits the moodiness of the X-Gen quite like this one. This is quite possibly the greatest love song to ever come out of the 80’s.

“My hands are tied, my body bruised / She’s got me with / Nothing to win and / Nothing left to lose”


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Life Lessons – 10 Things I Wish I Had Known in My 20’s [Pucker Mob]

sid vicious I'm a messI’m not going to lie – I was a total hot mess when I was in my 20’s. Growing up the way I did, it’s a wonder I made it this far in life!

My first piece on Pucker Mob’s MoBlog is speaking directly to my younger, hot mess self. If there was really such thing as a time machine (or TARDIS!) and I could go back in time, these are the top 10 things I would pass on to my younger self.

Most likely, I still wouldn’t listen… but perhaps you or someone you know might benefit from these pearls of wisdom!

So go read, comment and most of all SHARE this piece! 

Thanks ever so much!







Seven & The Ragged Tiger [I Was a Teenage Duranie]

Do you remember when your love affair with music began?

I do.


The early 1980’s were the beginning of a new phase of life for me – I started developing my own preferences in music. Gone were the days of listening to the music of my siblings.


Goodbye Elton John and Queen – hello Duran Duran and new wave!


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Listening to Cleveland’s top pop music station, 98.5 WGCL, I heard a lot of Duran Duran along with other rock and new wave style bands. I was hooked!

For many years, the radio provided me with my music fix, but I wanted more. I didn’t want to wait anymore for my favorite songs or artists to come over the airwaves.

Seven and the Ragged Tiger Duran DuranThe first album I bought with my money was Duran Duran’s epic third album, Seven and the Ragged Tiger, which is still my favorite album by Duran Duran. I listened to it over and over in my bedroom on my little disco light record player. I memorized every single lyric and sung it loud and proud – whenever Mom-ster and dad were gone, that is.

When Mom-ster and dad weren’t home, I loved graduating from the record player in my room to the one dad had in our living room. Hi-fi stereo sound! The Reflex never sounded better on that stereo. I would dance around the living room, singing to the cats on our couch. I lived for my afternoons alone in the house.

My best memories are when I would spend the night at my best friends’ house and we’d put on “concerts” in her room for her dogs. John’s bass guitar became a tennis racket and Simon’s microphone, a hair brush. We played Duran Duran’s albums loud and sung along even louder. In our young and dazzled eyes, we were the biggest and best Duranie’s out there.

Seven and the Ragged Tiger started my lifelong love affair with Duran Duran. It didn’t take long before all of my friends and family knew I was a proud Duranie! I lived and breathed Duran Duran. Their music helped my somewhat bleak pre-teen and teenage years gain some happiness.


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My brother, who is 10 years older than me, bribed me to babysit my nephews with copies of Sing Blue Silver and Dancing on the Valentine on VHS and of course, all-I-could-watch MTV. Mom-ster didn’t “believe in” cable TV and we didn’t own a VCR, so I always jumped at the chance to indulge in something that was commonplace to all of my peers – it made me feel somewhat normal.

As I sit here writing these precious memories, I am listening to Seven and the Ragged Tiger. The music transports me back to much simpler days when my life revolved around music, fashion and boys.

I might be in my mid-forties, but when I hear the melodic tunes of Duran Duran, I close my eyes and pretend I am twelve years old again. In my mind I am dancing and jumping around like a fool, singing at the top of my lungs with not a care in the world.

Ah, to be young again…


Were you a teenage Duranie?

Do you have a great story about Duran Duran you’d love to share with other Duran Duran fans?

Was (or is) your Duran Duran collection out of this world amazing and you have pics of it?

I want to hear from you!

Be a part of I Was a Teenage Duranie. For details on how to submit, go here!


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