Rant Of The Day THIS RANT 08/07/96

Rant Of The Day is where I get to mouth off about whatever I feel like for however long I like. Theoretically, I'll update my whinge/opinion piece every weekday; in practice, maybe not so often.

Celebrity slagoff #1B: Simon Le Bon and Dolores O'Riordan

On Friday, I promised to reveal Dolores from the Cranberries' true feelings about Simon Le Bon and Duran Duran, so let's cut right to the chase: These are her words, direct from the tape:

I was a bit of a Duranie fannie when I was a kid, and I did have postersof Simon , but I just think it's like . . . it's kinda like they reached their peak when I was a teenager, I think. But I did that song and sang with Simon, and it was really for charity as well, you know?

Now, there are a number of possible reactions to these comments, which are more dismissive than outright vindictive. If I was a fully rabid Duranie, I'd be bagging Dolores for attacking the man who gave her so many commercial opportunities. But her taste is her own business and most people spend a lot of time rejecting the musical choices of their teenage years before they wake up to themselves. Plus, slagging off the Cranberries is hardly a new pursuit; their most recent album, To The Faithful Departed, has had a critical reception only a mother could love.

All I really feel compelled to do is to remind everyone that Duran have in fact outlasted all their teen band competition from the early 1980s, and still manage to put out albums on a regular (if slow) basis. Their next release, tentatively titled It's A Whole New Ball Gown (although that may have changed by now), is gonna pop out some time at the end of the year. Check back with me in 2006 and we'll see how Dolores is doing.

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