I was driving home the other day and playing a word game with my son, Jack, to while away the time.
“I love you more than….” I would say, with my son trying to guess what I love him more than.
His first guess: “my sister” — the answer was no. Second guess: “Duran Duran” — debatable. Third guess: “kale” — strange one, that! Fourth guess: “gin” — not so strange. And fifth guess: “The Great British Bake Off.” He is remarkably astute, my son. That he knew to add Duran Duran to the list surprised me.
My love affair with Duran Duran predates not only Jack, but also the love affair with my husband by at least 10 years. I grew up in the south of England to Duran Duran anthems such as “Ordinary World,” “Girls on Film” and “Save a Prayer.” Town hall discos were spent bopping to “Hungry Like The Wolf,” “Rio” and “The Reflex” and my high school art and photography projects generally featured John Taylor as a study. Needless to say, decades later my love affair is still going strong but, despite this, I have never seen Duran Duran live in concert. Imagine my utter delight then when it was announced the band as the headliner on the Saturday night of the inaugural KAABOO Cayman.
My enduring love of Duran Duran (and ’80s music in general) has now rubbed off on my 15-year-old daughter, Lily, who is exceptionally well versed in the lyrics of my youth (probably something to do with spending many hours in traffic on the way to school with strict instructions not to change the station from BOB FM). She has an encyclopedic knowledge of ’80s music that could have her crowned Queen of Pop in any quiz but, If I’m honest, the music of her choice, and her time, is The Vamps, One Direction and Ed Sheeran.
Still, we are both excited to see Duran Duran live at KAABOO, although I suspect she is not quite so excited to see John Taylor as I. I love the fact that I can share this experience with my daughter, proving that ’80s music really transcends generations. And it’s infinitely better than kale.
The inaugural KAABOO Cayman festival takes place on Grand Cayman on Feb. 15-16. For more information, visit kaaboocayman.com.