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Sort order. Apr 08, RandomAnthony rated it liked it Shelves: music. Rob Sheffield's Talking With Girls About Duran Duran is less about Duran Duran and more about the ways boys in the 80s and any era, really accessed music to help them articulate what they can't quite say to girls or each other. Sheffield likes to portray himself as a wuss with a weakness for shiny pop but he's way more Rob Sheffield's Talking With Girls About Duran Duran is less about Duran Duran and more about the ways boys in the 80s and any era, really accessed music to help them articulate what they can't quite say to girls or each other.
Sheffield likes to portray himself as a wuss with a weakness for shiny pop but he's way more brave than me. Never in a million years would I have admitted, at age 18, to liking Poison. No way. And Sheffield knows that some girls like excited puppies. The puppy wants to play and make the girls happy. Sheffield is all about making himself that puppy, not in a sneaky, manipulative way because some girls can through that act, but through a curious lack of guile.
I like him. I'd pet the puppy, even if he knew times more about music than me and has the balls to do karaoke Chaka Khan. Reading this book is sometimes like talking with a friend who will not let you off the hook when you say The Replacements' Tim was better than Let It Be.
And although he won't be a jerk about the disagreement he'll bring it up, out of nowhere, in six months and probably worked the angles for two days after the original conversation. Sheffield's strength lies neither in writing about music or writing about teenagers, but in writing about the connection between music and teenagers. And as most teenage boys spend a lot of their time listening to music and thinking about girls, Sheffield's strengths ring as authentic. He respects the music like an acolyte but never speaks in a ponderous, academic manner.
Sheffield is excellent at saying important things while appearing not to say anything important all. A quick, worthwhile read. View all 16 comments. Jul 01, Kim rated it really liked it Shelves: mmxii , it-was-density. This week I was able to finish 3 books… dog days of summer and all that. One was a rather depressing tale of orphanism and the south and people who chewed tobacco. I shudder. The other was that horrible Heathers like book Some Girls Are … not horrible as in horrible writing, but ugh… and then I finished up this book.
The Quest To Marry For Love
I am all over the place. I am 41 years old. Screw you, doc. Stability not a requirement here. Right there, any guy I see holding this book would have my attention, and once I figured out his sexuality, I might even crush on him. If you can bounce around to The Reflex at a Duran Duran reunion show wearing a baggy sweater with Julian Sands hair and combat boots, you will most definitely get laid, my friend. No matter what gender you are into. Yes, we are shallow… we are groupies… duh.
Rob Sheffield is like the unhip little brother of Nick Hornby. Rob will be the one that you call when you hear the new remix of New Moon on Monday with the French clown in the beginning.
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Nick is the one that you will stand against the wall and wish that you could understand his references and does this skirt look good with these boots? I feel bad for Rob… because when we groupies finally grow up, we will want him. Rob is a keeper. He is 4 years older than me… this actually makes quite a difference in music years. He was 14 in , I was Youth culture had yet to relate to us. I feel adrift. This has got to be my favorite essay of the bunch.
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When you have Prince on the radio, all the ice cream you can gobble in the freezer and nothing to do but drive a truck in Boston traffic without a single lesson on how, being eighteen is pretty close to bearable. Six years on my trail? I should be so lucky to get off that easy. Garrett, the house mother from The Facts of Life, a soothing adult figure giving me words of wisdom.
Let them come to you. Just like I do. England is mine and it owes me a living. But I have a problem. In the endless Tuesdays with Morrissey conversations I had with him, in the privacy of my own overheated skull, he gave me a map to life, with all the arrows pointing in contrary directions. Rob is a soulmate! His lamentations of how Paul McCartney taught him how to be a husband, not a boyfriend, how Chaka Khan released his inner karaoke god, how Bonnie Tyler taught him that girls are so shallow and only use you for your lame ass ride to get home.
He and I grew up in the outskirts of Boston; we listened to the same radio stations!
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We dealt with the NKOTB stalkers his sister was one of them , we made mix tapes and bought cassingles! I would have so loved having him to hang out with. I would have taught him so much about girls and he would have taught me so much about what geeky boys really think because that would have cleared up a lot of misunderstandings in my youth. View all 11 comments. Jun 02, Kristen rated it did not like it Recommends it for: ladies: the douchey guys in your life that talk down to you about music because of your ladyparts.
Shelves: music , memoirs-and-bio. I should've known what I was getting into, but I found the intro to be extremely patronizing. But it's tougher to talk to women about the Clash. So, with that having rubbed me the wrong way, I cynically read on. Sadly, the stereotyped gender statements continue, which just end up getting on my nerves. His ego takes control of the book, spitting out some witty one-liners every now and then that my younger self would perhaps be more fond of.
Believe me, I'm as music-obsessed as they come, but Sheffield's constant need for dropping pop culture references and lyrics into his writing gets a little tiring in this instance, particularly after knowing that Chuck Klosterman and Nick Hornby tend to go wild spouting off their pop knowledge, but do it a little better. I enjoyed the funny bits interspersed throughout, particularly where he's talking about his family life and the times where he made it more personal rather than just merely a longwinded pop reference wankfest.
I had to give up about halfway through, but not before skipping to the Replacements and Smiths chapters out of curiosity because I enjoy those bands.
I enjoyed his previous book— Love Is a Mixtape —but this one's a big mixed bag that just put me in a solemn mood by reminding me that rock journalism is still a big f—ing boys club. I just kept being reminded of every douchey guy I've ever met that has talked down to me about music because of my gender.
Needless to say, I guess I'm not the audience. View all 8 comments. Mar 14, Elly Lonon rated it liked it. You know, like The Dave Matthews Band, or imported stinky cheeses, or anal sex. Very good! In theoretical physics, this principle is formally known as the Justine Bateman Constant. I hate it when that happens.
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