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25 Days / Day 15 / John Taylor



Who: John Taylor. Bassist for Duran Duran. My once future husband

Why: In a decade full of pretty boys in English pop bands John Taylor was the prettiest. Those frosted bangs! That square jaw!

When: Early teens

Level of Obsession: My bedroom walls and door and locker were covered with his face. My mom took me to the record store every few weeks to stock up on imported Duran Duran 12″ records and fan magazines from Japan. And although I don’t remember for sure, it is a very good bet that “Mrs. John Taylor” was scrawled all over my Trapper Keeper

“Ahhhh!” Moment(s): I can’t even recall a specific one, all of them. I loved him, LOVED HIM with the passion only a pre-teen girl can muster

As an adult I’ve noticed that many female contemporaries that I befriend were also John Girls. In fact I have been part of this conversation, as a grown woman, more than once: “No I’m Mrs. John Taylor, oh no, I’m Mrs. John Taylor!” I don’t know if this says something about the types of girls who liked John all turned out to be pretty cool women, or just the Power of his Pretty was so hard to ignore. Those poor Junior High boys, there was just no competing with Tigger. Unfortunately John has not been aging well (John, do not stand next to Brandon Flowers!), he’s been looking a little Steven Tyler-ish which makes me so sad. What a waste of that jaw.

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".

3 thoughts on “25 Days / Day 15 / John Taylor

  1. hey hey steven tylor is hot and old john looks like a used up herion addict sorry to say john you broke my heart well you almost gave me a stroke couldnt believe how bad you aged!!!

  2. oh yes i remember the duran duran days with you-cookies and john taylor and uno!!!!!

  3. Your WHY is spot on!!! Love the picture you are using as well *sigh* too bad he’s not aging so well

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