April 12th 1986 – South West By Westside


Today, after waiting ages for Terri, Rae and I decided we had waited for her long enough so we went from Fulham to JT’s to check it out. But nothing happened. So we left. Just as we crossed the road near the shops JT’s dad looked at me and chuckled, realising who we were!

Anyway, Rae and I then went to Westside again. After hanging out for a little while we saw John and Nick go in. We think John recognised me and Rae. He was with Renee and she looked nice. Nick came after John and he asked us ‘Is Johnny in yet?’

John Taylor at Westside April 12th 1986


We waited at Westside, we being me, Rae and this girl called Tracey, for three hours. Me and Rae decided to go, we got bored and it began to rain. Tracey kept being sick everywhere and non stop chatted in between bouts of puking. GROSS! I took only 4 pictures, 2 of Nick and 2 of JT.

Going back tomorrow……


I used to love Saturday’s as we could get up in the morning and if we knew where Duran were we could spend all day there, just hanging out and chatting. This particular day obviously wasn’t that good a day to hang out. Reasons being that there were only a handful of us there, (one of whom being this vomiting girl Tracey, who we had just met for the first time, who wasn’t that great company that day!), it was raining and Duran were in the studio and not coming out for a while!

Duran’s hours in the studio usually meant arrived around mid afternoon and leave by around 9 or 10 at night for this album. Nick was always last! It was a very rare occurrence if Nick came before anyone else! So it was a silly question when he asked ‘Is Johnny in yet?’ as usually EVERYONE was in by the time Nick arrived! (Nick didn’t/doesn’t drive and always arrived by taxi or chauffeur unless one of the others picked him up.) Nick oftern called John Johnny and they all call Simon Charley. It was always sweet to hear it!

John and Renee magazine cover circa 1985

John and Renee magazine cover circa 1985

Renee Simonsen was John’s girlfriend at the time and she was not only beautiful but a lovely girl too. She always seemed to be smiling and she always chatted to us – even if it was raining. Sometimes when she came to the studio’s she would have a driving lesson! She would chat to us, then her driving instructor would pull up and off she went! I used to ask her about her driving whenever I saw her. I wonder if she ever past her driving test!


About thedurandiaries

Long time Duran fan. Followed them since 1985 - and that means physically going to see them! I kept a diary from 1986 and thought it may be funny to write them up on a blog. And the profile picture is of the actual of diary. Yes it has Care Bear stickers on it. But this was the 80's. And Care Bears were cute. View all posts by thedurandiaries

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