Talking to Girls About Duran Duran

Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Rob Sheffield

This book was read on an Ipad2, using a Kindle App - downloaded for free from the library's website!

Growing up in the eighties, Sheffield (contributing editor to Rolling Stone), was surrounded by mysteries; girls, the catholic church. and his sisters.  These were the years of MTV and John Hughes movies, the era of big dreams and bigger shoulder pads. Like any teenage geek, Rob Sheffield spent the decade searching for true love and maybe a cooler haircut. Talking to Girls About Duran Duran is his tale of stumbling into adulthood with a killer soundtrack. Inept flirtations. Dumb crushes. Deplorable fashion choices. Girls, every last one of whom was madly in love with the bassist of Duran Duran.

This is a book about moments in time, and the way we obsess over them through the years. Every song is a snapshot of a moment that helps form the rest of your life. Whenever you grew up, and whatever your teenage obsessions, Talking to Girls About Duran Duran brings those moments to life.  Check Digital Catalog and Download Center

And for your listening pleasure, here's an 80's playlist just for you:

Rob Sheffield’s Top 80’s Summer Cruising Songs

  1. Little Red Corvette (1982) by Prince
  2. Missing You (1984) by John Waite
  3. Never Let Me Down Again (1987) by Depeche Mode
  4. Is There Something I should Know? (1983) by Duran Duran
  5. It Takes Two (1988) by Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock
  6. Our Lips Are Sealed (1980) by The Go-Go’s
  7. Hysteria (1987) by Def Leppard
  8. Left of the Dial (1985) by The Replacements
  9. My Perogative (1989) by Bobby Brown
  10. Wild in the Streets (1986) by Bon Jovi


Diane, Administration



Disney's Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (Music CD)

Monday, January 23, 2012
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (Music CD)

If you have a little one that enjoys Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, they're going to love this CD!  Our family has been enjoying listening to this CD and these songs in particular: The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse theme, Mousekedoer, Hot Dog!, and my daughter's personal favorite: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star (sung by Goofy).

This has been indispensable for us on car trips lately!

Janice, Youth Services

All of You(CD)

Sunday, August 7, 2011
Colbie Calliat

If you grew up, (like I did), with CKLW playing on the transistor, you will enjoy this CD from Grammy-nominated singer Colbie Caillat. You have probably heard her song “Fallin’ for you” and sung along to the sweetly simple – and catchy – refrain. As Caillat told USA Today, “[my] songs are optimistic and bright. I grew up in southern California and Hawaii. The lifestyle was laid back and I listened to mellow, positive music, like Bob Marley and Jack Johnson. So I think that’s all inside me. I’m happy, and that gets expressed in my music.”

Diane, Administration

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Back to Black (Music CD)

Friday, July 29, 2011
Amy Winehouse

I pulled out my copy of Back to Black this week to listen and pay tribute to songstress Amy Winehouse. In her short, troubled life her actions seemed to attract the worst kind of attention. That’s unfortunate, because her talent deserved so much more than tabloid headlines. Released in 2006, Back to Black earned Winehouse six Grammy nominations and she won five of those and tons of other awards. She seemed to have a bright future, but like so many other talented musicians she couldn’t escape her demons. This week there are tons of stories out there about Winehouse and the way she wrecked her life. Try to ignore those and instead sit down for a listen with this.

Cyndi L., Reference

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iRelax: Leaving the Workday Behind (CD)

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Feeling stressed and overwhelmed? Slip this CD into a player and start relaxing as soon as the music begins playing. Warning, though! This music is so mellow and soothing (think meditation) you probably shouldn't listen in your car--even if you are leaving your workday behind.

Doris, Reference

Treme: Music from the HBO Original Series Season One (CD) **

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Treme is fast becoming one of my favorite shows. The HBO production set in New Orleans months after Hurricane Katrina is rich with music, food, and culture. The program follows the lives of several residents as they try to put their lives back together in the aftermath. Music is an integral part of each episode and many of the characters are musicians. This soundtrack brings together a quick mix of many of the music and performers I’ve learned about this season while watching Treme. From Creole, to funk, folk, to rap and old-time jazz, Treme dabbles in all of the sounds of New Orleans. Steve Earle, Louis Prima, Dr. John, and Kermit Ruffins are just a few of the artists featured on this wonderful collection. I’m mid-way through Season Two. I’m hoping there will be a CD from the second season.

Cyndi L., Reference
**This CD is only available through MelCat Interlibrary Loan

Olympia (Music CD)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Bryan Ferry
I was thrilled when I learned earlier this year that there would be a new record from Bryan Ferry, the still-dashing lead singer for the British band Roxy Music.  One of my favorite albums of the 80’s was Roxy Music’s Avalon, a lush, romantic record. Olympia picks up some of the elements I loved in Avalon while updating Ferry’s sound.  A few years ago, Ferry released a solo record of covers and it really didn’t interest me. He sounded strained. I was worried he’d passed his prime. With Olympia,his husky growl matches the music perfectly.  Be sure to check this one out. It just might inspire a whirl around the living room with your favorite dance partner.
Cyndi L., Reference

Crossing Muddy Waters and the Best of John Hiatt (Music CDs)

Sunday, September 19, 2010

These two CDs are gems that I discovered here at the library nearly a decade ago. Crossing Muddy Waters is a stripped down, folk-influenced CD that I still listen to every few months. With beautiful its simple lyrics and melodies sound, this CD has a gentleness that always sounds right. Some of the songs are bleak, others are buoyant. They all are so lovely.

The Best of John Hiatt offers ballads, straight-ahead rock songs and catchy pop tunes. He throws in a heavy dose of humor with his lyrics and that's always good, too.

There are songs here that will be familiar to those who have never heard of John Hiatt. “Thing Called Love” was a hit for Bonnie Raitt and “Angel Eyes” was a hit for the Jeff Healey Band. "Have A little Faith in Me" is a beautiful song that has been recorded from everyone from Joe Cocker to Mandy Moore. It’s been a part of many movie soundtracks over the years.

If you are looking for interesting lyrics, catchy tunes and songs by a master storyteller, look for one of these CDs. 

Cyndi L., Reference

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The Essential Bruce Springsteen (CD)

Thursday, August 12, 2010
More than a few years ago, a movie called Honeymoon in Vegas came out that featured Elvis Presley cover songs throughout.  I bought that soundtrack for one reason:  I wanted to own the version of Viva Las Vegas performed by Bruce Springsteen.  Sadly, that song was not contained on the Honeymoon soundtrack and I was unable to find it.  Until I checked out The Essential Bruce Springsteen - and there it was!  What a kicker!
Plus lots of old (and I mean old) favorites: Rosalita, Darkness on the Edge of Town, Hungry Heart - too many to name.  But better than that are the songs contained on the bonus disc.  These are songs you just can find anywhere else - except of course the "B" sides of the old 45's (if you don't know what that means, you're too young to be reading this!).

Kathleen M., Administration

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I and Love and You by The Avett Brothers (Music CD)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

I and Love and You the 2009 release by The Avett Brothers was their entrance to the big time on a major label with legendary producer Rick Rubin. Rubin is known as the man who revived Johnny Cash’s recording career, and has worked with such varied artists as the Beastie Boys, the Dixie Chicks, and Tom Petty.

This fine record has hyper happy songs like Kick Drum Heart (featured on the television show Parenthood,) a beautiful love song in January Wedding and plenty of interesting lyrics to ponder.

Paste Magazine named I and Love and You one of the 50 best album’s of the decade. Earlier this year, I had a chance to interview Bob Crawford, one of the band members who isn’t a brother, and he told me working with Rick Rubin was a thrill for the band. Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise is easily one of the favorites on the record and one that nearly didn’t make it. Rubin, he said, lobbied for it. The band wanted another song. They decided if he would let them have 13 songs on the record they would add it.

When I saw The Avett Brothers in Detroit two weeks ago, that was one of the songs the audience cheered the loudest for when it was played. It’s funny to think that it nearly didn’t make the cut. I’m grateful that it did.

Cyndi L., Reference

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