she liked Imaginary Men best of all



This is what my Victims girls have been calling my mom the last few months as she comes over to the gold and glitzy side of Killers fandom.

Since the start of The Obsession she has been an enthusiastic supporter, patient listener of all my Brandon Flowers facts, and cheerleader of all my crazy ass Crush Crafts (which she actually named – so tmMom!) She likes the band and has been listening to stuff I burned for her and watching stuff I send her (and Live from Royal Albert Hall, twice.)

But what is really cool is my mom has gone from being Victimised to be a Victimiser! This started on Christmas Eve when our usual tradition of watching something Christmas-y after stuffing our face with appetizers and trifle, was hi-jacked by her suggestion that we show our friend Karen “a little Killers” stuff. Well I don’t ever watch just a “little Killers” so in went RAH, then the DVR library of videos and performances from Palladia.

I wasn’t even having to volunteer much, she was chiming in with facts and stories all on her own! And it worked like a charm – Karen walked into the night with a handful of my CD’s and promises from me to make her some more.

This past week her friend was celebrating a birthday. I had already suggested she get her Day and Age but she wanted to know what songs were on each album. Later she emailed that she had gone with RAH because she wanted her friend to get the “full effect” of the band and the music! My mom’s a little pusher! I love it!

This weekend while roadtripping we listened to – three guesses (first two don’t count, OK there was some U2 in there, of course) and at one point in the weekend she was standing over me singing All These Things I’ve Done. I told my girls “I bet I could get her to watch RAH again” and shortly after that she said “we should watch RAH again soon.”


Not that any of this surprises me. The Killers are awesome and she and I share a lot of the same musical tastes. But what is really cool about it is that she’s the reason I’m an obsessive like this. She herself is an obsessive and when I was growing up – whatever I was into – Duran Duran, Rick Springfield – she either shared in the love with me, or she fully supported it. She never made me feel dumb for loving something so much or belittled it. She made it feel OK to indulge in the things I love and made me silly themed gifts, brought me to stores to get imports and magazines, and took me to concerts.

It is a very big reason I’m crazy like this – my loves were always accepted so I feel confident in being open about my craziness – and this blog is sure as hell proving to me that the world is filled with others just as wacky as I am about bands, music, TV shows, and cute (often shirtless) boys!

So for that I think my mom deserves a little Dave Keuning or as she is now calling him: “My boy Dave”:

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".

6 thoughts on “VictiMom

  1. Ahhh, now I understand the VictiMom name from your posting on Julie’s TVD recap!!!

    I think your Mum is awesome and her Taylor Kitsch link is full of win! I love that she was a fangirl incubator 🙂

    I know people can find us fangirls crazy, but seriously, I doubt we are any more passionate about certain aspects of pop culture than some Aussies are about football or green thumbs are about plants, for instance. We just happen to concentrate on analysing characters, film clips, TV episodes, concerts, spoilers yada yada yada – and I think often very eloquently at that! I’d rather be into something full throttle rather than not at all 🙂

    Ohh, guess what? You and Julie inspired me so much with your liveblog coverage I’m actually going to liveblog a launch event with a local blogger!!!

    • Well put Cherie. In fact I wrote something along those lines last year:

      I’m flattered Julie and I inspired you to do something more productive than sit around all weekend long watching a hot boy in a football jersey brooding and smoldering ;-p

      BTW – my mom DIED laughing over being called a “Fangirl Incubator”. YOU are made of win girl!

  2. I can’t wait to sit Linda and Dave together at my wedding. We’ll see how it goes

  3. She is an amazing mom ,ardent fan ,loyal friend and band obsessive.

  4. Awwww. THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m a little bit famous now, thanks to MY BOY DAVE, and, of course, MY GIRL AMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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