she liked Imaginary Men best of all

“Look now look all around, there’s no sign of life”


I have a love/hate relationship with YouTube. I love that there is so much frickin’ stuff on there and the most random request I can think up pops up some sort of hit. I hate that when I get on it hours and HOURS pass by and I stay up far too late and find too many things to overload my YT playlists and when I log off I feel a bit like I’m hungover.

Last night I made the mistake, as I always do at 10 at night, or 11:20, or 1AM to watch “just one thing” which never, ever works. And despite having a cold, and being exhausted, and having to get up early I was obsessing over Killers videos and it was all worthwhile because I hit friggin’ paydirt.

Somehow I stumbled on Duran Duran. “Oooh!” I thought, “I love me some Duran Duran!” and clicked and saw the title Duran Duran Live feat. The Killers and thought “oh dear god – Brandon didn’t sing with Duran Duran too – did he?” Because so far YouTube has found me clips of him singing with the Pet Shop Boys and New Order and U2 – all bands that were in constant rotation in my walkman as a teen (and still are in my iPhone to be honest).

So of course I clicked and it started and the music began and I said “oh no no no no this is NOT Planet Earth!” because PE is one of my favorite – if not my favorite DD song ever. And then I did something ridiculous: I paused it because I could. not. deal. My inner-14-year-old (who if you haven’t noticed, runs my life) started freaking the fuck out because there was Duran Duran – my actual 14-year-old-girl crush John Taylor, and Brandon Flowers – my current crush-because-he-looks-like-a-pop-star-my-14-year-old-self-would-have-loved, on the same stage.

I regained what composure one can gain when full of antihistamine at 2AM and hit play and Brandon comes out in a TUXEDO and he and Simon do Planet motherf’ing Earth and I kid you not – I squealed. It is embarassing to admit how excited I was. I love that Brandon is mouthing the words to the verses he isn’t singing! Brandon Flowers is the Luckiest Boy on Earth getting to perform with all these idols of his (and mine):

If I do the math I am pretty sure Simon Le Bon is old enough to be Brandon Flowers father. 😮

Author: Amy H. Johnson

Amy H. Johnson is the author of The Fangirl Files a memoir about Boy Bands, TV Boyfriends and imaginary betrothals to 80s English pop stars. She prefers to be referred to as a "Cute Famous Boy Aficionado".

4 thoughts on ““Look now look all around, there’s no sign of life”

  1. I have now also found Brandon and the Killers doing “Pretty in Pink” with the Psychedelic Furs. Yet ANOTHER English band I love. He also was invited to do “Thunder Road” with Springsteen, which isn’t exciting for me, but by the huge grin on his face while doing it – obviously was very cool for Brandon.

  2. Suzie: Were we separated at birth?? LMJ, Depeche Mode, Vampires, and now John Taylor??! He totally didn’t age well which makes me so sad bc he was BEAUTIFUL.

    Rach: HEEEE!!! If he has said he hates frogs, I will find it. My laptop is like Brandon Flowers Stalker Central lately!

  3. Ah, another long, lost love – Duran Duran. I was always a John Taylor fan – saw him in concert with DD a few years ago. Sadly, JT has not found the fountain of youth that LMJ was blessed with.

  4. Doug and I have decided that if Brandon Flowers hates frogs, you and he are meant to be.

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