While I was working on my ‘80s flashback post on Nena, I remembered Kingdom of Style’s post on artist Patrick Nagel. Like any ’80s teenager, I remember Nagel primarily for his Duran Duran album cover art. I used to ponder this cover while listening to my beloved John Taylor on vinyl.
What I didn’t remember is the strange way Nagel died. He had a heart attack after participating in an exercise-a-thon fund-raiser for the American Heart Association. He was only 38 years old and, according to someone who worked with him, not much of an athlete. For more on Nagel, click here.
On a happier note, after a previous post in which I confessed my affection for John Taylor, the delightful Somlynn alerted me to this photo of Susanna Hoff of the Bangles and John Taylor. The two prettiest people of the ’80s together. Woot!
I didn’t know that about Nagel. Reminds me of Jim Fixx, the running guy, who died of a heart attack (I think), and he WAS fit. Weird.
The photo of Hoffs and Taylor is cute! So ’80s. Thanks for sharing.
Oh Susanna Hoff, how I wanted hair exactly like hers, now maybe, not so much…
Sharon Rose says
I wasn’t a ‘Duranie’, as I loved Spandau Ballet-Martin Kemp!!
The Seeker says
Oh, I remember that about Nagel, I was a Duran Duran lover.
holey-moley, is it me or do you really resemble the girl on the duran cover (what with your red-lippy smile)?
Molly :] says
Its a good duran cover. And i agree with Raq.. it does look like your profile picture…
Oh, those Nagel prints take me back. One of my best friends had an apartment full of them. They were the very height of suave college-boy sophistication in 1984. And John Taylor, btw? Still hot. Although he’s married to one of those Juicy Couture women…
I loved Nagel prints and have four big ones and a numbered series of ads that he did for various products. They are all in storage now because they don’t fit our arts and crafts home.
You are forcing me to relieve my youth!
I am afraid I know Nagel from his work for Playboy.
This brings back memories….and thanks for the fab post on Nena, I loved that song. We didn’t have MTV in SA back in the day. We had a weekly music programme every friday evening called Pop Shop, and you’d sit infront of the TV with bated breathe praying that your favourite songs would come up.
oooh! i LOVE me some john taylor and the rest of the boys. rio is my go-to feel good album that i play when i’m down. i saw the boys in concert a few years ago and it was one of the best shows i’ve ever seen. i’ll always be a duranie!!
CULTURE CREATORS says
Ooooo nice work. He deserves props. I adore his art.
I had several Nagels of varying sizes. The one I always wanted was “Rio” (which is actually called “Dallas” or something like that). I finally got it, but didn’t have it framed. My ex-husband stole it when I was moving out (of course I didn’t know that at the time). *sigh*