Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Please don't make me feel any dumber than I already do about the "Come Undone" thing.
(Disclosure: I received tickets to a Duran Duran concert in exchange for sharing my thoughts about the show. All thoughts are my own. Particularly those regarding the chorus of "Come Undone," as will soon become clear.)
Last week (before the power outage that overtook my life, but that is a post for another day), I was asked to attend the New York show of Duran Duran's US tour. I've long loved the band. I grew up watching the Pop-Up Video version of "Rio" (Side note: What happened to Pop-Up Video? BRING BACK POP-UP VIDEO.), and singing "Ordinary World" into my toothbrush. And even though I STILL don't know what I'm singing when I shriek the high part of "Come Undone," all these years later, I'd never seen them in concert, and immediately said yes.
J and I showed up at Madison Square Garden and made our way to our seats, and I immediately started sharing with him my list of what I always THOUGHT the lyrics to the high shrieky part of "Come Undone" were. It's called being a great conversationalist, and I am the master of it.
LIST OF MY PERCEIVED LYRICS TO THE HIGH SHRIEKY PART OF "COME UNDONE"
1. Cannot believe you got me now boy; you believe it? Come on and see you breakin' my heart to pieces.
2. Common to see the fall in two parts, ooh, steamy. Common to see you bade my heart to peace, yeah.
Needless to say, he was riveted.
An exciting Google search revealed that the answer is "Can't ever keep from falling apart at the seams/Can I believe you're taking my heart to pieces." Who knew? SERIOUSLY NOT ME, FOR REAL.
Fortunately, the show soon got underway.
Simon Le Bon took to the stage in amazing sparklepants that could be viewed from space, and he, along with the rest of the band (and a few special guests) proceeded to rock the hell out of the Garden. They played a lot of the classics (The Reflex! HUNGRY LIKE THE MEEEEEE!), and, since the band has a new album out, they played a lot of new stuff, as well.
Duran Duran put on a really great show -- regardless of whether or not we knew every song -- because they just seemed like they were having FUN up there. I've been to a lot of concerts (remind me to tell you guys about the Snoop Dogg one sometime, and how I did NOT participate in the onstage bootyshake contest.), and you can generally tell when the band is into it. These guys had a ton of energy, and really came across as though they were enjoying themselves as much as the audience.
In all we had a fantastic time (see?)...
...and I highly recommend checking them out when/if they come to a city near you!