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Left me a bit cold...
on 14 February 2017
I was a fan of duran duran as a very young girl (pre high school – so very young). John was my pin up, however I became slightly besotted with Andy after seeing the reflex video (he looked amazing in the video). I still listen to their early stuff, they made some good music in their heyday, and I read Andy's book after seeing some duran duran stuff on sky arts (I only very recently saw the sing blue silver documentary for the first time).
I enjoyed the book, it was an interesting read, however be aware that it's an incredibly one sided/biased insight. After reading I didn't feel any depth of warmth for Andy, the impression I was left with was of a deluded man (prone to self obsession/indulgence). Sure, duran duran were a successful band, however they were never in the league of (nor achieved as did) the bands Andy talks about in his book (thus I found myself cringing at parts – at the comparisons and such like). There wasn't a Dave Grohl or a Sting amongst them (or even a Phil Collins!); none of them had the makings of a successful solo artist.
There is no great reveal about why Andy didn't stick with duran duran, it all seemed a bit silly and insignificant (and I think the truth is that the others probably reached their limit with him). He would still have had an outlet, and something of a career, if he'd committed to staying. It's a shame that he threw that away, and didn't ever gain the acceptance, the realisation/insight (and ability to count his blessings) that duran duran was as good as it was ever going to get for him.