December 23, 2010 | Day Two since the digital release of the new smashing Duran Duran album 'All You Need Is Now' and it's still on top of almost all iTunes charts. I like to think that this is not only a success for Duran Duran but it's also a success for us all, the fans who have made this possible.

During the last days the fan community has been more united than ever and determinated to make this happen. Facebook, twitter all the Duran Duran fansites and message boards have done their best to help the Duran Duran team to spread the voice and make the album release on iTunes a success and the reason is simple, All You Need Is Now is just a fantastic album and Duran Duran just deserve all our support.

I'm in love with the album, I'm proud of my favourite band but I'm also proud of you all, fans just like me. This time, more than ever, I had the feeling that the fans and the band were united, just like a big virtual family.

It was great to be online on the 21 and see all this happening, minute by minute with John Taylor sending messages and charts updates via facebook and twitter like one of us.

This is our moment duranies, this is our album, this is our year and the best is yet to come with the live shows next year.

Thank you Simon, John, Nick and Roger for making us sing, dance, shout, move, dream, laugh, cry, thanks for making all this possible but most of all thanks for the music.

We Love You

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Welcome to planet earth 'All You Need Is now'!

With the much anticipated release of their 13th studio album “All You Need Is Now” Duran Duran have stormed straight to No 1 in the Download Charts!

Official Press Release

All You Need Is Now, Duran Duran’s 13th studio album, has not only brilliantly bridged the gap between their pop-glam-disco masterpiece, 1982’s Rio and now, but has managed to reestablished themselves as true originators and purveyors of modern dance music, experts at melding many different genres and crafting smart, danceable, sexy, seductive pop music that was also catchy as hell. creativeloafing.com

 

Below the AYNIN full page advert for an upcoming issue of Vogue magazine.


 

New interviews and Tv appearances downloads

 

Promotion has been great, below a complete press review, result of the hard work the guys did in London and New York over the latest two weeks. The guys have been everywhere, since everyone wants the new Tv and online videos in their collection I uploaded some great quality downloads for your pleasure. Enjoy! [Thanks to MrT for the huge help]

[right click on the links - save target as]

Something For The Weekend

Rolling Stone Music Videos

Abbey Braden Virgin Mobile Live

[wonderful audio interview to Simon and Nick who discuss the songs from the new album. The interview has been edited, sorry No tracks for copyright reasons since the songs are commercially available]

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Connect The World CNN International

Euro Millions Christmas UK Millionaire Raffle National Lottery advert

Breakfast_BBC1

E! News

 

complete press-review: All You Need Is Now worldwide

 

Article in portuguese | I guess our many portuguese and brazilian friends will enjoy this! December 22, 2010 | Diario de Noticias by Nuno Galopim

Disco dos Duran Duran só para venda digital

 

O álbum ‘All You Need Is Now’ foi ontem lançado em exclusivo para venda digital
O produtor descreve o disco como o sucessor do álbum ‘Rio’

Nos últimos anos não têm faltado histórias de lançamentos de discos que chegam às lojas digitais (para vendas por download, entenda-se) antes mesmo de conhecerem uma existência em suporte físico (em CD e vinil). Os Duran Duran já o fizeram. De resto foram eles quem, em 1998, lançou o primeiro tema para venda por download(com uma remistura de Electric Barbarella). Doze anos depois de terem sido pioneiros num modelo que cada vez mais paece ser o paradigma futuro do mercado da venda de música, os Duran Duran lançaram ontem o seu novo álbum numa edição para já apenas disponível para download exclusivo no iTunes. E, pela primeira vez na sua carreira, sem uma grande editora a assegurar o lançamento. Em 2010, a poucos meses de completarem 30 anos sobre o lançamento do seu primeiro single, os Duran Duran chamam assim a si mesmos a condução dos

destinos da sua própria carreira. O novo disco dos Duran Duran não é todavia o primeiro caso de um lançamento para download sem imediata expressão em formatos físicos e fora da alçada de uma grande editora. Álbuns como In Rainbows, dos Radiohead, The Slip dos Nine Inch Nails ou Evertything That Happens Will Happen Today, que em 2008 reuniu David Byrne com Brian Eno ( vercaixa), bem como muitos dos lançamentos recentes de Philip Glass (na sua própria editora), são exemplos que, juntando nomes veteranos com carreiras de peso, sublinham uma tendência que não é assim apenas aposta de talentos em estreia e que poderá chamar cada vez mais adeptos entre os músicos na hora de pensar como vender a sua música. AllYou Need Is Nowé o título do 13.º álbum de originais dos Duran Duran, sucessor de Red Carpet Massacre ( lançado em 2007). Segundo informação colocada no site oficial do grupo ao fim da tarde de ontem, a resposta das vendas foi imediata, colocando o disco no primeiro lugar da tabela de álbuns por downloadem Itália. E ocupou o primeiro lugar nas listas de dowload de álbuns pop no Reino Unido, Estados Unidos, Espanha e Grécia, número dois na Áustria, Dinamarca, Holanda ou Nova Zelândia e número três na Alemanha, Canadá, Finlândia, Irlanda e Suécia. Em Portugal chegou ontem a atingir o posto cimeiro das vendas de álbuns pop/rock. O tema-título do álbum teve igualmente edição em exclusivo para download ( no passado dia 8), não se prevendo eventual lançamento em suporte físico. Já o álbum terá edição em CD e vinil a 2
de Fevereiro de 2011 (na data que assinala os 30 anos da edição original de Planet Earth), numa edição que juntará aos nove temas agora apresentados um grupo adicional de três novas canções (Mediterranea, Other Peoples Lives e King Of Nowhere). De fã a produtor O disco nasceu ao longo dos últimos meses no estúdio da própria banda, contando com a presença de Mark Ronson na produção. O entusiasmo do produtor (que está ligado aos álbuns de Amy Winehouse e Lily Allen e, já este ano, lançou o álbum em nome próprio RecordCollector) foi visível ao longo da etapa de gravação. Em entrevistas chegou a afirma que este novo disco era como que um sucessor do mítico Rio (o multiplatinado álbum de 1982 que incluía tremas como Hungry Like The Wolfe Save a Prayer e consagrou internacionalmente a carreira do grupo). Em palavras que são publicadas no texto de apresentação de All You Need Is Nowno site oficial dos Duran Duran, Mark Ronson explica mesmo que queria fazer “o sucessor imaginário para Rio que nunca chegou a ser criado”. De facto canções como Blame The Machines, BeingFollowed ou The ManWho Stole A Leopard exibem marcas evidentes de reencontro com a linguagem dos próprios Duran Duran em 1982. No mesmo texto, o teclista Nick Rhodes afirma que Mark Ronson “revitalizou” a banda e nela encontrou “uma energia” que não estava por ali “há muito tempo”. Já o vocalista Simon Le Bon descreve a alma claramente pop do disco, apontando-o como “ catchy” (que é como que dizer que fica no ouvido) “sem que faça um esforço para o ser”. Além de Mark Ronson, colaboram ainda no disco Kelis e Anna Mantronic, dos Scissor Sisters.


 

"All You Need Is Now certainly isn't just a retro album and is coloured with contemporary sounds, though it does have Rio's funky fun"

 


 

"Modernism is a position and it does not look back."

John Taylor

Full interview originally posed on huffingtonpost.com | Highlight of the article | 80 million records later, why would these guys still be together, if not? John Taylor says the members of Duran Duran have asked themselves that same question often over the years.

"We came up as a pop band. We weren't a group like Radiohead. We were a group that came up writing hits," Taylor says. "And when the hits dry up, you obviously go through a period of thinking, 'Are we still relevant? Is there a place for us?' So often, when you're starting out on a journey of writing songs for a new album, in the back of your mind, there's this sense of, 'Do we have anything to say? Is this going to find an audience?'"

Of collaborating with Ronson (a noted Duran Duran fan) on All You Need is Now, Taylor says that the process, which involved marathon songwriting and rewriting sessions, instilled a new sense of self-esteem in the band.

"We didn't have to consider all the time whether what we were doing was valid or whether it had any kind of contemporary currency," he says. "Mark encouraged us to be ourselves in a way that we hadn't had the confidence to be in quite a few years."

If you're wondering what Duran Duran "being themselves" sounds like, their 1981 debut and 1982's Rio are good places to start. Yet, in as much as All You Need is Now recalls Rio's most recognizable sonic elements -- repetitive choruses, plentiful keyboards, and the dancy beats that bridged the gap between disco and techno -- it has much more in common with the crop of recent bands [The Killers, Franz Ferdinand] that cite Duran Duran as a major influence.

Now features an interesting cross-section of contributors, including a rap by the Scissor Sisters' Ana Matronic [coolly channeling Deborah Harry], milkshaker Kelis on guest vocals, and string arrangements by Arcade Fire's Owen Pallett. Rather than sounding like Duran Duran trying to sound like Duran Duran, though, "Stay," "The Man Who Stole a Leopard," and "Being Followed" sound like Duran Duran simply being Duran Duran -- which is the best thing to happen to a Duran Duran record since 1993's The Wedding Album.

Although plenty of kudos go to Ronson, whose work as a DJ and with artists such as Amy Winehouse and Adele have made him a hot commodity in the industry, the band's own sweat equity is what pays off here. Tracks such as "Girl Panic" and "Blame the Machines" remind us why we got caught in DD's web in the first place: LeBon's vocals sound better than they did when he was 25; the Taylor-Taylor rhythm section is expectedly fun and funky; and there's no escaping Rhodes' full-bodied electronic aura. [To boot, longtime guitarist Dom Brown performs admirably in lieu of original member Andy Taylor.] It's almost the "Fab Five" all over again.

"Duran Duran is this chemistry of these musical personalities working off of each other, and those personalities are back on this album," Taylor says of the noticeable spark in the new songs.

Will All You Need is Now surprise folks who thought that Duran Duran didn't have any more tricks up its sleeve? Probably. Do these fresh grooves give women [and men] of a certain age reason to dance around the room, reveling in the sheer exuberance of this reinvigorated version of the band they once -- or maybe even always -- knew and loved? Absolutely.

But don't dare mention the word "retro" to a band who's so clearly enjoying the power of Now. "That goes back to being modern," Taylor laughs. "Modernism is a position and it does not look back."


Wild boys Duran Duran are back at their best

Article originally posted on the dailyrecord.co.uk | December 22, 2010 | Duran Duran drummer Roger Taylor tells Rick Fulton the band's latest album is a return to form.

They were the Wild Boys of the Eighties, soaking up the high life from drugs to yachts and models. But Duran Duran's drummer Roger Taylor knew it was time to stop when he realised he was going to "end up like Elvis Presley on a death-wish". The 50-year-old won't go into whether it was the drugs that brought bassist John Taylor and guitarist Andy Taylor to their lowest ebb but it wasn't a breakdown, as has since been reported. But going from painting the walls of Birmingham's Rum Runner nightclub to being in the biggest band in the world in five years proved too much. And by the time the band played Live Aid in 1985, they had split into two factions who hadn't spoken for months, Roger admitted: "I didn't have a choice about leaving in 1985. "I felt like I was going to end up like Elvis Presley on a death-wish journey. "I knew I needed time out. "We had started in 1979 and by 1982 almost everyone in the UK knew who we were and we were playing Madison Square Garden in New York. "By 1985, I needed to get out. I couldn't handle it any more. "When I came back it was amazing because I had taken time out to be a normal person. I'd never regret leaving. For a start, I'm here. I didn't want to be a rock 'n' roll statistic." Roger retired to a farm in Gloucestershire with chickens and horses, raising his family until the five original members reunited in 2001. This week, the four of them [Andy left, once again] are back with their 13th album, produced by Mark Ronson and their best since Rio, 29 years ago. A massive fan of the band, Mark - who has produced tracks for Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen and Adele - jumped at the chance to work with his heroes. He set out to bring the band back to what made them great originally. They've sold 80 million albums, had 18 American hit singles, including the Bond theme View To A Kill - the only time a 007 tune has gone to No1 in America. Such was the furore they created that Rolling Stone magazine dubbed them the Fab Five as they became the first stars of MTV thanks to the escapist videos for Rio, Save A Prayer and the s1 million promo clip for Wild Boys. The music on All You Need Is Now echoes the band at their best, from Being Followed, which recalls the epic Hungry Like The Wolf, to the cold creepiness of The Man Who Stole A Leopard, a modern take on The Chauffeur. Roger admitted the collaboration was a match made in heaven - but said Mark knew more about the band than they do. Speaking at Sphere Studios in London where, for the past two years, the group have been making All You Need Is Now, Roger said: "Mark had so much intimate knowledge of the band, it was scary at times. "But it was all for the good. "He seemed to know the band inside out. "It was all positive. He has this musical genius about him but he also has this trainspotting side to him. "So he would know what the fourth track on the fourth album would be, which we'd forgotten." Mark's mantra for the band was to reconnect with the music they played in the Eighties, which is now being used by bands from The Killers to Franz Ferdinand. He also helped heal the wounds of Andy leaving again, which had left Roger, John, singer Simon Le Bon and keyboard player Nick Rhodes reeling.

The comeback had started so well. In 2004 Astronaut sold more than two million copies, went to No.3 in the UK and spawned a top-five single here [Reach Up For The] Sunrise. It dwarfed any other Eighties comeback, including their great rivals Spandau Ballet. But in 2006, Andy quit and the band took up a more R&B sound, teaming up with Timbaland and collaborating with Justin Timberlake. The result was the second-worst placed album in their UK chart history, scraping in at number 44. It was a big mistake and the band were worried that was it. Roger admitted: "When we came to make our last record it was almost like we were flying on three engines. "We'd lost a major part of the songwriting team, a major part of the band and it was a tough period for us. We were in a bit of a hangover period from the big reunion. We'd played five sold-out nights at Wembley so you are bound to get a little bit of a lull after that, especially when your guitar player leaves the band. "It was tough. So we brought in a superproducer in Timbaland. We brought in Justin Timberlake. "But we were missing a key element of the band, I guess." They hired Dom Brown, who recorded guitar parts for Red Carpet Massacre, performed on the supporting tour and played with the band at the Concert for Diana and Live Earth London in Wembley. He was then part of the writing process for the new album. A relieved Roger added: "He must have played 1000 gigs with us over the last couple of years. It feels like a proper band again."We've got a guitar player. We're functioning as a unit again." Roger conceded Massacre missed a lot of their core audience but insisted the new album will bring them back. Ronson decided people wanted to hear the band playing together and made them create the songs on the album together, not through computers.Each song was learned, played and recorded rather than using Pro-Tools. "We've got something we all think is very, very special," admitted Roger. "We think it's probably the best record we've made for a long, long time. It's an album - not just two or three key tracks." The best since Rio? If he thinks it, Roger won't say it. However, All You Need Is Now certainly isn't just a retro album and is coloured with contemporary sounds, though it does have Rio's funky fun. You just have to listen to Roger's drumming on Girl Panic! or John's bass on Safe [In The Heat Of The Moment], which features Scissor Sisters star Ana Matronic. But it also has Rio's love of synthesiser coolness on Blame The Machines. "We have made a contemporary album but have rediscovered that chemistry," he said. "We have to thank Mark for that. "At times we meandered and he made it more simple." Next year they will start touring the world, will definitely come to Scotland and are hoping to do an arena tour of the UK. "As a band we are always looking forward," continued Roger, "we have to keep changing and working with new people. "We will continue to work with people like Mark who are doing well in the contemporary world." It'll be a chance for Roger's three children to see a glimpse of what devotion they cause. He said: "None of the kids were born when Duran were a big thing so they find it quite hard to understand how huge we were. "But they think we are hip working with Mark Ronson." At least his children can look back at old photos of Duran Duran and not be too embarrassed. While the others loved dying their hair and wearing make-up, Roger never seemed that comfortable. He said: "Oh, I had my own fashion faux pas. "I had a ponytail for a while after I'd seen Mel Gibson with one in the film The Bounty." It seems even the quiet ones have a wild [boys] side.

 

  • Can these Euro-elders recapture the dirty, sexy sandy blast of 'Rio,' their 1982 pièce de résistance? At the top is the video for "All You Need Is Now," their first attempt at grabbing Nagel-illustrated splendor once again. The album is off to a fine start: It's currently No. 2 on the U.S. iTunes Album Chart. read more at latimes.com

More worth reading reviews from online media

  • "While All You Need is Now won’t bring flocks of teenagers over to Duran Duran’s side, it’s certainly a commendable effort if for no reason other than it’s the band’s most relevant and listenable record in almost two decades. And though it’s not quite Rio 2.0, Duran Duran’s 13th album does possess many of the qualities that put the synth-pop legends on the map in the first place." read more at consequenceofsound.net
  • "However, my favorite song so far, “Girl Panic” is the best of all worlds. It’s got that optimistic pomp I’ve always loved about Duran Duran’s brightest tracks, with a chorus that I would love to buy property in. For me, this song is the ultimate cross between “Rio” and “Electric Barbarella.”" read more at theroundtableonline.com
  • "One of my favorite tracks on the album, a definite departure from their previous work without sounding too trendy, is the funky, cowbell-heavy disco track “Safe (In the Heat of the Moment)”, featuring sexy Scissor Sister Ana Matronic rapping a la Soft Cell muse Cindy Ecstasy. “Being Followed” succeeds in capturing the classic Duran Duran sound without sounding too referential. Furthermore, it does something else that we expect from the band, but that also keeps well in our current socio-political and economic climate: It echoes our general anxieties about the world today. Coming of age between the Blitzkrieg and the Cold War and AIDS Crises, Duran Duran was always skillful at chronicling our apprehensions, whether it was our nervousness about sex and relationships amid the AIDS epidemic [“Rio”, “Hungry Like The Wolf”, “A View to a Kill”] or world destruction during the Cold War [“Night Boat”, “Is There Something I Should Know”, “New Moon on Monday”]. With the still-growing threat of nuclear war and terrorist acts, along with rigorous airport security checks and even google surveillance, “Being Followed”, with its sweeping, soundtrack-like instrumentation and infectious backbeat, manages to tackle both love and death by utilizing the conceit of a voyeuristic relationship to examine our current Orwellian state." read more at crawdaddy.com
 

 

All You Need Is Now, Nick Egan, the director, speaks out.

 

Nick Egan speaks about the making of All You Need Is Now video from his facebook page | "From 1994 straight to 2010 and Duran Duran, who along with INXS and Oasis, I made several videos for. Each one has been a landmark for me. So when the band asked me if I would do the latest video for 'All You Need Is Now' I wondered if it was possible to equal 'White Lines, 'Perfect Day' and 'Ordinary World' especial...ly as budgets are a fraction of what they were 15 years ago. But it's not how much a video costs that make it great, it's the relationship between the Director and the Band that creates a great video. I think in many ways the AYNIN video is best of all of them, just because it captures them in an intimate way that has never really been evident in previous videos. A lot of it was made up as we went along. Basically I went to shoot their rehearsal in London along with some 'Other Stuff' in LA and London, no permits, no expensive lunches, no crew [except for Camera Gavin, Producer Ayo and Gaffer David [Simons Brother] plus hair and make up.

Despite touring for 30 years, no video has captured them as 'a band ' quite like this does, and without all the massive production of previous encounters, it meant the band had time to be involved at every level. So now go and download it from iTunes on the 21st of December.The other important part of making this video was, not only the collaboration between myself and Duran Duran, but the fact it was produced and edited by my good mate and fellow Director with a reputation as big and illustrious as mine, representing Glasgow, Mr Paul Boyd!! that was such a fantastic part of making AYNIN, because there was no fucker who would have taken both of us on and lived. Good on yer and thanks Paul and Adrian!!

On the left Simon and Nick Egan on the set of All You Need Is Now video

 

Le band is back

 

Review by Stephane LeClair for duranasty.com [LeClair is a singer-songwriter-musician-producer-and Duran Duran music aficionado].

Duran Duran was once the biggest name in pop music. Their unusual (but so efficient) blend of punk,disco/funk and experimental music changed the face of the music scene in the early eighties ,and left an indelible mark in music history. While many of today’s acts have been influenced by the wild boys of Birmingham [The Killers,The Bravery,The Rapture,Franz Ferdinand,and countless others] nobody does the original Duran Duran style better than John,Nick,Simon,and Roger. Welcome back to Duranland.

All You Need Is Now: The title track of the new album blasts off with a powerful analogue synth riff. The energy of the verses is raw and edgy while the chorus is anthemic, ultra catchy, and optimistic Duran [one of their best choruses ever]. The message is clear: The Fab ..emm...”Guys” are back! It sounds like 32 years of ever evolving existence concentrated into one killer song that could seriously bring back the band on top of the charts.

Blame The Machines: A very cool eighties sounding song with a modern twist. Part Duran, part Blondie/Devo. New Wave is back and it sounds amazing...Nick seems to really have a blast on this one.

Being Followed : Your mission is...find Duran Duran! & this one does find the band owning its signature sound 100%. It’s one of the best moments on the album. A new Duran classic is born, and more are on the way.

Leave A Light On : I love the intro of this oh so sweet number. These guys sure know how to write strong melodies and gorgeous ballads. The arrangements are superb here, and the song is like a sweet warm breeze. The vocal arrangement is beautiful [like on most of the album], LALO is Gem # 3!

Safe : This is the dance track of the album, Ana Matronic of The Scissor Sisters delivers a sexy “rap” [Debbie Harry and Lady Gaga style] on what sounds to me like a sequel to “Taste The Summer”. If the album has a weaker moment on it, that’s the one (to me). It’s not a bad song at all though, it’s just not my type of Duran. But, to love the band is also to accept its schizophrenic ways. I’ve got to say that the bass line is amazing on Safe though.

Girl Panic : If the new album is the imaginary follow up to Rio that never was [according to Mark Ronson], this track sounds more like a song that could have made it on “Seven & The Ragged Tiger”, somewhere between “Of Crime and Passion” and “Shadows On Your Side”. The eighties are back baby! & the track doesn’t sound dated or retro at all, even though it reminds me a bit of D2 circa ’83. [Again,amazing bass line here]

The Man Who Stole A Leopard : Child of The Chauffeur, Tel Aviv, and To The Shore. This track is honestly one of the best songs the band has ever recorded. This is a new Duran classic, a pure moment of magical electro/organic bliss that only Duran Duran can come up with. It features ethereal back vocals from Kelis.

Runway Runaway: Reminds me of Last Chance On The Stairway. It is plain fun pop, very melodic, and Nick is going all “Rio” on this number that could have been a lost track from 1982. Fans of the early sound of Duran will love this one.

Ok guys...Now comes THE song from AYNIN that threw me out of my chair and sent waves of audio pleasure in every single cell of my body: Before The Rain: This one belongs in the top 5 best songs ever recorded by Duran Duran. I’ve always been a huge fan of the band’s darker side and this one is simply magnificent. It breathes something sacred and solemn. The first word that came to my mind when I heard it for the first time was “Grandiose”. This is the band at its best [Chauffeur/Ordinary World/Come Undone/The Promise-Lady Ice [Arcadia]/ Lady Xanax,etc)... Definitely not pop or commercial in any way. It is grand and majestic.

From time to time this band has Beatles moments in songwriting and Before The Rain is one of those moments. Not that this sounds like a Beatles song, it doesn’t. I’m talking about the quality of the songwriting here, the depth and richness of the music and lyrics. Another new Duran classic, A huge track.

All You Need Is Now is an album featuring an iconic band who’s been around for a long long time, who’s had more than their share of dishonest and undeserved sh*t from the press, but came out of it stronger because of their love of music. They are now back at the top of their game, owning their signature and influential sound, and loving every minute of it. Super producer and fan Mark Ronson truly did a fantastic job on the album & I hope that this Ronson/Duran collaboration thing is not the last one we hear.

Stephane Le Clair | Le Clair's music

 

Roger Taylor says about Dom Brown:

"He must have played 1000 gigs with us over the last couple of years. It feels like a proper band again.

 

All You Need Is Now is a return to the sound that put the band on the New Wave map

For 30 years now, Duran Duran has been one of the few unabashed purveyors of synth pop to also make guitar and bass guitar crucial elements of its sound. Andy Taylor’s chorused, funky/ neo-punk chord stabs added indispensible bite and adventure to every one of the band’s ’80s hits, from 1981’s “Planet Earth” to “Girls on Film,” “The Reflex,” “Wild Boys,” and “A View to a Kill.” Likewise, John Taylor’s slinky, galloping bass lines were probably the funkiest on radio that whole decade. Andy left the band in the ’90s, and former Frank Zappa guitarist Warren Cuccurullo came aboard to shake things up for several years. Andy returned for a couple of albums in 2004 and 2007, but he’s now out again. You’d never know it from All You Need Is Now, though. Session guitarist Dominic Brown has been filling in since Andy’s second departure in ’07. And though Brown is far more adventurous, toneful, and adept than Andy Taylor, anyone hoping he’d add the same sorts of earthy grit he’s been adding to Duran live shows—search YouTube for “Duran Duran – Skin Divers (Private Sessions)” for a sampling—will be disappointed. Brown’s lines sound exactly like Taylor circa 1981. In fact, the whole album is a return to the sound that put the band on the New Wave map. The first single, “All you Need Is Now,” takes a stab at being more cutting edge with its industrial synths, semi-sneering verses, and danceable chorus, but the rest of the album is filled with so many nods to the past that it comes across as cynical. It’s not that they can’t pull it off—it is their sound—and there certainly are some nice songs, including the bittersweet, acoustic-driven “Leave the Light On” and the catchy, upbeat “Blame the Machines.” It’s just a shame Brown is left to so slavishly cop the sound of a player that he obviously blows out of the water.

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"It was the best thing I’ve ever done apart from having my children"

Dec 21 2010 Huddersfield Daily Examiner | Duran Duran new album stars the voice of Huddersfield’s Nina Hossain. For Simon Le Bon personally invited Nina to appear on the album – and how could she refuse after being a fan of the band since she was nine. Nina, 37, appears on two tracks – one in her familiar role reading the news and the other as a sat nav voice. Nina said: “It was all incredibly exciting as I ended up dueting with Simon Le Bon in the recording studio. There were a lot of jealous colleagues at work. “The first gig I ever went to was at the age of nine at Queens Hall in Leeds – and it was to see Duran Duran. “An email came in the summer from Simon Le Bon asking if I could help them out. It was the best thing I’ve ever done apart from having my children.’’ On one track called Blame The Machines Nina becomes a Sat Nav voice. “This was way out of my comfort zone,’’ she said. “It’s hard to describe really as I wasn’t talking, rapping or singing. It was something in between.’’ On the other track, The Man Who Stole A Leopard, Nina is very much in her comfort zone reading a news bulletin scripted by Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes. It tells the story of a man who kept a leopard in his New York apartment. Nina added: “In all I’ve seen Duran Duran live five times so appearing with them on an album really is a girlhood dream come true. “I was such a big fan I used to get teased at school every time there was a story about them in the papers – including one where they said they’d be around for 30 years, so it’s nice for both them and me that they still are!’’

 

Full article here

Daily Mail 22 December 2010 | "Duran Duran storm to top of download charts with new album All You Need Is Now... with a little help from ITN newscaster Nina Hossain | Talking about the new album recently, keyboard player Nick Rhodes said: 'We don't ever run out of ideas and we like working together. We're a different unit than most. We feel what we have within the band is the ability to create whatever we want at any given time." Full article at dailymail.co.uk

 

 

All you need is Duran Duran

Edmonton Journal, Canada | December 21, 2010

Bernard Orr, Reuters | Duran Duran rose to fame in the 1980s with stylized videos that fuelled the early MTV generation, and in recent years has sold out live shows by playing new-wave hits such as Hungry Like the Wolf and The Reflex. But with a new album, All You Need is Now, available on iTunes, the band is updating its sound for a younger generation while still offering a taste of their past. The band called on uber-producer Mark Ronson for its 13th studio album, which features 12 new tracks. “We all wanted to get a little bit more experimental with this record,” said vocalist Simon Le Bon. “We wanted to reconnect with fans, on the territory on which the band and Mark Ronson, who is the producer, felt we should own. And that was this kind of modern synth, dance, experimental pop music.” Unlike some music veterans who are turning their backs on the industry in an age when inexpensive downloads of singles have decimated CD sales, keyboardist Nick Rhodes said he was now excited for the first time in a long time. The reason is All You Need Is Now. “This album has been such a joy to make because of what we have achieved with it,” he said. “It really drives you to want to go play shows and introduce these songs to the audience.” New songs have titles such as Girl Panic!, Safe (In the Heat of the Moment) featuring Ana Manotric of Scissor Sisters, and The Man Who Stole a Leopard, which features singer Kelis. Ronson — a DJ and solo artist who has produced for the likes of Christina Aguilera and Amy Winehouse — went back to the early Duran Duran records to update what once worked and twist their formidable beats and rhythms into new songs the band hopes will please loyalists and win new fans. All You Need Is Now will be available on CD and vinyl in February.

 

Duran Duran have admitted that their last two studio albums haven't been up to their usual standard.

The band claim that they decided to release new single 'All You Need Is Now' for free as an apology to fans for their recent lacklustre records. "The audience has been put off by too many mediocre albums," bassist John Taylor told The Mirror. "Instead of trying to get a top ten single we thought we would put out the single free. "We are saying, 'We know our last two albums didn't set your world alight, but check this out'," Taylor added. digitalspy.co.uk


 

Duran Duran updates iconic ’80s sound for new generation

Chicago Tribune | 21 December 2010 | Bernard Orr

 

New York — Duran Duran rose to fame in the 1980s with stylized videos that fueled the early MTV generation, and in recent years has sold out live shows by playing old hits such as “Hungry Like a Wolf” and “The Reflex.” But with a new album, “All You Need Is Now,” set for release Tuesday, the band whose synthesized pop-rock helped usher in the new wave of the ’80s is updating its sound for a younger generation, while still offering a taste of its past. The band — Roger Taylor, John Taylor, Simon Le Bon and Nick Rhodes — called on uber-producer Mark Ronson for its 13th studio album, which features 12 new tracks. “We all wanted to get a little bit more experimental with this record,” said Le Bon. “We wanted to reconnect with fans, on the territory on which the band, and Mark Ronson who is the producer, felt we should own. And that was this kind of modern synth, dance, experimental, pop music.” With hits like “Girls on Film,” “Rio” and “Save a Prayer,” Duran Duran sold tens of millions of LPs, cassettes and CDs and logged numerous Top 10 hits in a 30-year span that also saw major changes in the way music has been distributed. Now, the band is embracing the digital age. The new album’s first single, also titled “All You Need Is Now,” has been available for about a week, free, on iTunes, and the album will also be sold on Apple’s popular music site before CDs are available in stores in February. “The way that people consume music is obviously radically different than the way it was even 10 years ago,” said Rhodes, who started Duran Duran with John Taylor in 1978. Unlike some music veterans who are turning their backs on the industry in an age when inexpensive downloads of singles have decimated CD sales, Rhodes said he was now excited for the first time in a long time. The reason is the new album. “This album has been such a joy to make because of what we have achieved with it,” Rhodes said. “It really drives you to want to go play shows and introduce these songs to the audience.” New songs have titles such as “Safe (in the heat of the moment),” “Being Followed,” “Leave a Light On,” “Girl Panic!” and “The Man Who Stole a Leopard,” which features singer Kelis. Ronson, a DJ and solo artist who has produced for the likes of Christina Aguilera and Amy Winehouse, went back to the early Duran Duran records to update what once worked. He has said he thinks of “All You Need Is Now” as the “imaginary follow-up to ‘Rio’ that never was.” Yet, the producer takes Duran Duran’s synthesized sound and twists the group’s formidable beats and rhythms into modern songs that the band hopes will please loyalists and win new fans. While Ronson is the producer, Rhodes and the band still write and perform all the songs, and Rhodes said that his love for music — while it may have changed over the years — never completely went away. “If you have it in your blood and in your mind and in your spirit that you want to make music, you don’t really have the urge to stop,” he said. “I wake up with a tune in my head, or I scribble down some words most days. Later, I might rub it out and think, ‘Nah, that wasn’t any good.’ But you keep thinking about the process all the time.”

The same article has been published also on South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Sun-Sentinel Palm Beach Edition

 

Durable Duran Duran

Daily Express | December 20

They have already been rocking for more than quarter of a century – but Duran Duran frontman predicts the band could still be performing in 20 years’ time. Le Bon hopes the group will follow in the footsteps of other rock dinosaurs and continue well into old age. While keyboardist 48, suggested they had another decade, Simon is already thinking long-term. “Right now I would be more optimistic than Nick,” says the 52-year-old singer. “He said we had 10 years but I would say we might even have another 20 years in us.” Le Bon, who recorded Duran Duran’s new album All You Need Is Now with top producer adds: “You can call it addictive if you want. Anyone with a sense of purpose doesn’t want to stop, doesn’t want to retire”.

 

Duran Duran embraces the digital age

The Gazette | Canada, 18 december 2010



New York – Duran Duran rose to fame in the 1980s with stylized videos that fuelled the early MTV generation, and in recent years has sold out live shows by playing old hits such as Hungry Like a Wolf and The Reflex. Bernard Orr Reuters | Duran Duran’s new disc, Simon Le Bon (right), says, “We all wanted to get a little bit more experimental.” But with a new album, All You Need Is Now, set for digital release on Tuesday, the band whose synthesized pop rock helped usher in the New Wave of the ’80s is updating its sound for a younger generation while still offering a taste of their past. The band called on überproducer Mark Ronson for its 13th studio album, which features 12 new tracks. “We all wanted to get a little bit more experimental with this record. We wanted to reconnect with fans, on the territory on which the band, and Mark Ronson who is the producer, felt we should own. And that was this kind of modern synth, dance, experimental, pop music,” frontman Simon Le Bon said. With hits like Girls on Film, Rio and Save a Prayer, Duran Duran sold tens of millions of LPs, cassettes and CDs and logged numerous Top 10 hits in a 30-year span that also saw major changes in the way music has been distributed. Now, the band is embracing the digital age. The new album’s first single, also titled All You Need Is Now, has been available for about a week, free, on iTunes, and the album will also be sold on Apple’s popular music site before CDs are available in stores in February. “The way that people consume music is obviously radically different than the way it was even 10 years ago,” said Nick Rhodes, who started Duran Duran with John Taylor in 1978. Unlike some music veterans who are turning their backs on the industry in an age when inexpensive downloads of singles have decimated CD sales, Rhodes said he was now excited for the first time in a long time. The reason is the new CD. “This album has been such a joy to make because of what we have achieved with it,” he said. “It really drives you to want to go play shows and introduce these songs to the audience.” Ronson went back to the early Duran Duran records to update what once worked and twist the formidable beats and rhythms into new songs the band hopes will please loyalists and win new fans. While Ronson is the producer, Rhodes and the band still write and perform all the songs. Rhodes said that his love for music – while it may have changed over the years – never went away. “If youhaveitinyourblood and in your mind and in your spirit that you want to make music, you don’t really have the urge to stop,” he said. Duran Duran plans to begin a tour early next year.

 

Duran Duran returns with mix of old, new

Times Colonist | Canada | 17 December 2010

 

1980s new wave band embraces digital age with 13th studio album | Duran Duran rose to fame in the 1980s with stylized videos that fuelled the early MTV generation, and in recent years has sold out live shows by playing old hits such as Hungry Like a Wolf The and Reflex. But with a new album, All You Need is Now, set for release on Tuesday, the band whose synthesized pop rock helped usher in the new wave movement of the ’80s is updating its sound for a younger generation while still offering a taste of their past.
The band — Roger Taylor, John Taylor, Simon Le Bon and Nick Rhodes — called on über-producer Mark Ronson for their 13th studio album, which features 12 new tracks.
“We all wanted to get a little bit more experimental with this record. We wanted to reconnect with fans, on the territory on which the band, and Mark Ronson who is the producer, felt we should own. And that was this kind of modern synth, dance, experimental, pop music,” Le Bon said. With hits like Girls on Film, Rio Save a and Prayer, Duran Duran sold tens of millions of LPs, cassettes and CDs and logged numerous top 10 hits in a 30-year span that also saw major changes in the way music is distributed.
Now, the band is embracing the digital age. The new album’s first single, also titled Now,
All You Need Is has been available free on iTunes, and the album will also be sold on Apple’s popular music site before CDs are available in stores in February. “The way that people consume music is obviously radically different,” said Rhodes, who started Duran Duran with John Taylor in 1978.
Unlike some music veterans who are turning their backs on the industry in an age when inexpensive downloads of singles have decimated CD sales, Rhodes said he is now excited for the first time in a long time. “This album has been such a joy to make,” he said. “It really drives you to want to go play shows and introduce these songs to the audience.” New songs have titles such as Girl Panic!, Safe (in the heat of the moment), Being Followed, Leave a Light on The Man Who and Stole a Leopard, which features singer Kelis.
Ronson, a DJ and solo artist who has produced for Christina Aguilera and Amy Winehouse, went back to the early Duran Duran records to update what once worked. He has said he thinks of All You Need is Now as the “imaginary followup to that never Rio was.”
The producer takes Duran Duran’s synthesized sound and twists their formidable beats and rhythms into modern songs that the band hopes will please loyalists and win new fans. Rhodes and the band still write all the songs. Duran Duran plans to begin a tour early next year.

 

New Duran Duran album targets the young

The Province | Canada | 17 December 2010

Band: They’re tuning in to different tastes | New York — Duran Duran rose to fame in the 1980s with stylized videos that fuelled the early MTV generation, and in recent years the band has sold out live shows by playing old hits such as “Hungry Like a Wolf” and “The Reflex.” Duran Duran aims to please loyalists, win new fans. But with a new album, All You Need is Now, set for release on Dec. 21, the band whose synthesized pop rock helped usher in the New Wave of the ’80s is updating its sound for a younger generation while still offering a taste of their past. The band — Roger Taylor, John Taylor, Simon Le Bon and Nick Rhodes — called on uber-producer Mark Ronson for their 13th studio album, which features 12 new tracks. “We all wanted to get a little bit more experimental with this record. We wanted to reconnect with fans, on the territory on which the band, and Mark Ronson who is the producer, felt we should own. And that was this kind of modern synth, dance, experimental, pop music,” Le Bon told Reuters.
With hits like “Girls on Film,” “Rio” and “Save a Prayer,” Duran Duran sold tens of millions of LP’s, cassettes and CD’s and logged numerous top 10 hits in a 30-year span that also saw major changes in the way music has been distributed online.
Now, the band is embracing the digital age. The new album’s first single, also titled All You Need Is Now, has been available for about a week, free, on iTunes, and the album will also be sold on Apple’s popular music site before CDs are available in stores in February.

“The way that people consume music is obviously radically different than the way it was even ten years ago,” said Rhodes, who started Duran Duran with John Taylor in 1978. Unlike some veterans who are turning their backs on the industry in an age when inexpensive downloads of singles have decimated CD sales, Rhodes said he was now excited for the first time in a long time. The reason is the new CD. “This album has been such a joy to make because of what we have achieved with it,” he said. “It really drives you to want to go play shows and introduce these songs to the audience.” New songs have titles such as “Girl Panic!”, “Safe (in the heat of the moment)”, “Being Followed”, “Leave a Light on” and “The Man Who Stole a Leopard,” which features singer Kelis. Ronson, a DJ and solo artist who has produced for the likes of Christina Aguilera and Amy Winehouse, went back to the early Duran Duran records to update what once worked. He has said he thinks of “All You Need is Now” as the “imaginary followup to ‘Rio’ that never was.” Yet, the producer takes Duran Duran’s synthesized sound and twists their formidable beats and rhythms into modern songs that the band hopes will please loyalists and win new fans.

 

Duran Duran goes forward on new album by going back

24 Hours Ottawa | 17 dic 2010 | Canada

NEW YORK Duran Duran rose to fame in the 1980s with stylized videos that fuelled the early MTV generation, and lately has sold out live shows by playing old hits such as Hungry Like a Wolf and The Reflex.
But with a new album, All You Need is Now, set for release on Dec. 21, the band whose synthesized pop rock helped usher in the New Wave of the ’80s is updating its sound for a younger generation while still offering a taste of their past.
The band — Roger Taylor, John Taylor, Simon Le Bon and Nick Rhodes — called on uber-producer Mark Ronson for their 13th studio album, which features 12 new tracks. “ We all wanted to get a little bit more experimental with this record. We wanted to reconnect with fans, on the territory on which the band, and Mark Ronson who is the producer, felt we should own. And that was this kind of modern synth, dance, experimental, pop music,” Le Bon told Reuters.
With hits like Girls on Film, Rio and Save a Prayer, Duran Duran sold tens of millions of LPs, cassettes and CDs and logged numerous Top 10 hits in a 30-year span that also saw major changes in the way music has been distributed online.
Now, the band is embracing the digital age. The new album’s first single, also titled All You Need Is Now, has been available for about a week, free, on iTunes, and the album will also be sold on Apple’s popular music site before CDs are available in stores in February. “ The way that people consume music is obviously radically different than the way it was even 10 years ago,” said Rhodes, who started Duran Duran with John Taylor in 1978. Unlike some music veterans who are turning their backs on the industry in an age when inexpensive downloads of singles have decimated CD sales, Rhodes said the new CD has him excited for the first time in a long time. “ This album has been such a joy to make because of what we have achieved with it. It really drives you to want to go play shows and introduce these songs to the audience.”
New songs have titles such as Girl Panic!, Safe (in the heat of the moment), Being Followed, Leave a Light on and The Man Who Stole a Leopard, which features singer Kelis.
Ronson, a DJ and solo artist who has produced for the likes of Christina Aguilera and Amy Winehouse, went back to the early Duran Duran records to update what once worked. He has said he thinks of All You Need is Now as the “imaginary followup to Rio that never was.” Yet the producer takes Duran Duran’s synthesized sound and twists their formidable beats and rhythms into modern songs that the band hopes will please loyalists and win new fans.
While Ronson is the producer, Rhodes and the band still write and perform all the songs, and Rhodes said that his love for music — while it may have changed over the years — never completely went away.
“If you have it in your blood and in your mind and in your spirit that you want to make music, you don’t really have the urge to stop,” he said. “I wake up with a tune in my head or I scribble down some words most days. Later, I might rub it out and think ‘Nah, that wasn’t any good.’ But you keep thinking about the process all the time.”
Duran Duran plans to begin a tour early next year and hopes to play in countries like China and India for the first time.

This article has been published also on 24 Hours Edmonton, 24 Hours Toronto, and 24 Hours Calgary

 

 

 

 

Duran Duran goes forward on new album by going back

Today's Zama | Turkey & Ottawa Citizen | Canada

 

Duran Duran rose to fame in the 1980s with stylized videos that fueled the early MTV generation, and in recent years has sold out live shows by playing old hits such as “Hungry Like a Wolf” and “The Reflex.”

But with a new album, “All You Need is Now,” set for release on Dec. 21, the band whose synthesized pop rock helped usher in the New Wave of the ‘80s is updating its sound for a younger generation while still offering a taste of their past.
The band --Roger Taylor, John Taylor, Simon Le Bon and Nick Rhodes --called on uber-producer Mark Ronson for their 13th studio album, which features 12 new tracks. “We all wanted to get a little bit more experimental with this record. We wanted to reconnect with fans, on the territory on which the band, and Mark Ronson who is the producer, felt we should own. And that was this kind of modern synth, dance, experimental, pop music,” Le Bon told Reuters.
With hits like “Girls on Film,” “Rio” and “Save a Prayer,” Duran Duran sold tens of millions of LP’s, cassettes and CD’s and logged numerous top 10 hits in a 30-year span that also saw major changes in the way music has been distributed online.
Now, the band is embracing the digital age. The new album’s first single, also titled “All You Need Is Now”, has been available for about a week, free, on iTunes, and the album will also be sold on Apple’s popular music site before CDs are available in stores in February. “The way that people consume music is obviously radically different than the way it was even ten years ago,” said Rhodes, who started Duran Duran with John Taylor in 1978.
Unlike some music veterans who are turning their backs on the industry in an age when inexpensive downloads of singles have decimated CD sales, Rhodes said he was now excited for the first time in a long time. The reason is the new CD. “This album has been such a joy to make because of what we have achieved with it,” he said. “It really drives you to want to go play shows and introduce these songs to the audience.”
New songs have titles such as “Girl Panic!”, “Safe (in the heat of the moment)”, “Being Followed”, “Leave aLight on” and “The Man Who Stole a Leopard,” which features singer Kelis.
Ronson, a DJ and solo artist who has produced for the likes of Christina Aguilera and Amy Winehouse, went back to the early Duran Duran records to update what once worked. He has said he thinks of “All You Need is Now” as the “imaginary followup to ‘Rio’ that never was.”
Yet, the producer takes Duran Duran’s synthesized sound and twists their formidable beats and rhythms into modern songs that the band hopes will please loyalists and win new fans. While Ronson is the producer, Rhodes and the band still write and perform all the songs, and Rhodes said that his love for music --while it may have changed over the years --never completely went away. “If you have it in your blood and in your mind and in your spirit that you want to make music, you don’t really have the urge to stop,” he said.
“I wake up with a tune in my head or I scribble down some words most days. Later, I might rub it out and think ‘nah, that wasn’t any good.’ But you keep thinking about the process all the time.” Duran Duran plans to begin a tour early next year and hopes to play in countries like China and India for the first time
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“I’m really not into nostalgia. In a way that’s what’s behind the title of ‘All You Need Is Now.’ ”

Blame it on Rio


Duran Duran’s latest album is tribute to group’s breakthrough ’80s classic

By Tim Willis | Say what you like about Duran Duran, but give credit where it’s due. More than 30 years after it burst onto the scene the band is still performing and — what’s truly remarkable — have become rather hip. Twentysomethings know the words to “Girls on Film.” Acts from Goldfrapp to Justin Timberlake acknowledge them as an influence and Mark Ronson, currently one of the coolest producers in pop music, has produced their latest offering.

A nine-song version of the group’s 13th album, “All You Need Is Now,” arrives in the iTunes store on Tuesday, and will be available as an expanded CD in February. “We still have one song that we’re putting the finishing touches to,” says keyboard player Nick Rhodes.

Ronson has called it the “imaginary follow-up to ‘Rio’ that never was,” referencing the breakthrough 1982 album that spawned massive hits such as “Hungry Like the Wolf,” “Save a Prayer” and the title track. Even the untrained ear can hear a return to the brash, shiny rhythms that sold 80 million albums.

Singer Simon Le Bon may have the machismo and the model wife, bassist John Taylor may have the cheekbones and the fashion sense, but it’s Rhodes who’s got the brains. He’s an art collector, a photographer and high-society socialite.

And though his streaked blond hair is a little thinner and his waist a little thicker than when he started out, time hasn’t treated the 48-year-old badly. He is dressed in a black suit by Hans Ubbink, crisp white Dior shirt and a silvery Armani tie when we meet in London. He retains a trace of his Birmingham accent and has lost none of the charm that disarmed the press when he explained the Durans’ vision of yachts and cocktails all those years ago.

Is Rhodes at all embarrassed by his 18-year-old self?

“Not even slightly,” he says flatly. “Everything we ever created has been really honest and heartfelt. When we were teenagers, the world was pretty gray. There were strikes and power cuts and riots. But when you’re a kid and you’ve got your life ahead of you, you don’t want it all to be doom and gloom. You want something more exciting — to travel, to see what’s out there — and that’s what some of our earlier material was about.”

But if the band is known for reflecting the more frivolous side of life, it does have a serious side. “Even on the first album there was a song about impending nuclear war,” says Rhodes, “and ‘Girls on Film’ was about the exploitation of women.”

He wants to move the conversation along. “I’m really not into nostalgia. In a way that’s what’s behind the title of ‘All You Need Is Now.’ ”

But neither is he too keen on discussing aspects of the present. Apart from revealing that he is now single (his ex-wife, Julia Anne, and 24-year-old daughter Tatjana live in Los Angeles), he refuses to say whether he is dating at the moment.

Diplomatically, he won’t play up the Princess Diana connection. Duran Duran was her favorite band and at her sons’ request the Durans headlined two memorial concerts for her. “She clearly meant something to the nation, and she was part of our history, so we were happy to do that,” he says.

What does he think of the band’s new fame among a younger generation? “I’m very happy if there is an ’80s revival. There certainly seems to be one in fashion, and in both cases it’s because people take influences from things they didn’t experience the first time round and reinterpret them.”

That, he says, is what’s happened with Mark Ronson, a trans-Atlantic rich kid who is known for his collaborations with Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen and Boy George. He came into the Durans’ orbit in 2008. He worked with them in Paris on the invitation-only show with which they ended their last world tour — then stayed to do the album. One insider reports that “he’s completely starstruck when he’s with the band — it’s sweet, he’s like a fan.”

“Mark is not only super-sharp and very chic, he’s also a musical geek,” says Rhodes. “He loved the analog synthesizers that I brought into the studio — a different one every day for the first week and a half. He was so excited.”

Ronson was also delighted that the Durans agreed “the time was right for an album using a lot of synth sequences, electric guitars and dance beats. It’s like the way girls might decide it’s not the time to wear short skirts anymore. Well, maybe hip-hop beats are good for a while and then people say: ‘You know what? I’m ready for some disco beats now.’”

Enough musicians have quoted early Duran Duran as an inspiration, he points out, and many bands never move on from the style in which they found fame, “but we have. So now we felt quite comfortable taking inspiration from ourselves.”

In this they were aided and abetted by Ronson.

“Mark is not only a hugely talented musician who can pick up almost any instrument and play it well. He also has a huge musical knowledge.”

And, it turns out, an encyclopedic recall of the Durans’ back catalog. “He would say things like: ‘Do you remember the middle section on the B-side of this or that single? I want something like that.’ I think we’ve achieved something that we haven’t done in a very long time.”

After taking enormous pains over “each word, each intonation,” he thinks the album is “a very complete piece of work, in which everything seems to fit together like a jigsaw.”

It is also likely to put the band back out on the road, something Rhodes is looking forward to with unusual relish. His inspiration: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

“If you asked me in 2000 if we’d be performing 10 years later, I’d have said no. But on the strength of the new album I think we’ll still be at it in another 10. I mean, the Stones have set the bar and they still look pretty good as a unit.”

 

Courtesy of The Bwe York Post

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Duran Duran Talk "All You Need Is Now"

13 is Duran Duran's lucky number. No, really.

Interview originally posted on artistdirect.com | The band is digitally releasing its 13th album, All You Need Is Now on December 21st, with a physical release to follow in February! For their 13th platter, Double D have partnered with "hot" or "right now," if you prefer, producer Mark Ronson, who manned the boards and twiddled knobs for sultry-voiced, bee-hived songbird Amy Winehouse. Perhaps you've heard of her? It's a semi-surprising partnership in theory, but the execution? Well that's right on!

All You Need Is Now will certainly remind you of Duran Duran classics, thanks to the synthy pop contained within. As they get older, they get better. Still, they are hungry like the wolf. Yeah, I went there. The record, which boasts collabs with Ana Matronic of Scissor Sisters and neo-soul diva Kelis, as well as Owen Pallett of Arcade Fire, is distinctly modern, while retaining Duran Duran's signature new wave crackle.

ARTISTdirect.com contributor and "All She Wants Is" and "The Reflex" fan Amy Sciarretto spoke with delightful keyboardist Nick Rhodes, who claimed he was feeling "fairly acceptable for a cold afternoon in NYC!"

All You Need is Now is a bit of a return to form and to early Duran Duran music. How much did Mark Ronson have to do with that?

I think it was the convergence of a lot of different things. Having Mark Ronson on board was a key factor to the way the record sounds and he was a joy to work with, as he has an energy and enthusiasm, for music and what he is involved with, that few I've come across have. He is a big fan and knows our new material intimately, and was okay with saying what he liked best and what worked about our sound and what we should be doing. We all had such great respect for Mark and what he has created. He made it easy to accept his opinions and views and to try things.

What were some of his criticisms, constructive or otherwise, that you took to heart?

He said things no one has said for a few decades - like listen to some of your own material instead of going somewhere new every time. He told us to look at things we created ourselves, since that is at the heart of what people want and what you are good at. We all looked deeper into catalog, to our first few albums, and it sounds right again. It sounds like something that should be out at the moment and modern, so it has become a complete circle. There is no doubt that our first two albums are the biggest influence.

You influenced yourselves! Was it hard to get back to this place?

Not really. Music is like fashion now. Things just feel right. It seems silly to say, but people get bored. What do people dance to? Disco beats. We have not used those since the early ‘80s. It feels right again. There's technology, different angles and different knowledge but the elements are the same. That sound, electronic pulses with dance beats, and how [singer] Simon [ LeBon] builds up harmonies, felt contemporary when we started playing, Artists that have cited our band as an influence and have used that sound themselves, and we want to bring it back into people's minds.

Your song with Kelis, "The Man Who Stole a Leopard," is very moody, a bit of a divergence for the upbeats of disco.

There are very few female vocalists, to me, that have an attitude and style and extraordinary voice that can pull off something that is more esoteric like that. She was at the top of the list, because her voice has that character and she has that charisma and attitude in her delivery. It was an unusual choice for us, but really, it was more unusual for her.

Then you shift gears and employ Arcade Fire's Owen Pallett, who is an indie rocker!

He did string arranges on "The Man Who Stole a Leopard," which was Mark's idea. We wanted a string arrangement on a song, but something more vibrant and not traditional to broaden the perspective and make it more artistic and not classically traditionally. Owen was the person to do it.

Duran Duran's career has been marked by pauses and movement and things like the uncharacteristic late ‘90s hit "Ordinary World," but this is more classic Duran Duran! What keeps you going and stops you from running out of steam 13 albums deep?

We don't ever run out of ideas and we like working together. We're a different unit than most. We feel what we have within the band is the ability to create whatever we want at any given time. We operate within our own vacuum; we don't seal out everything outside but we enter a room and close the doors and do what we want. It's the balance between rock guitar and electronics, and of course, the sound of Simon's voice. The arrangement is not that unusual but the sound itself is. After three decades, it is a real treat and thrill for us.

What is on Nick Rhode's Holiday Wish List?

Hmmm, I am considering an iPad, but I am waiting for them to release a new one. A few books. Something decent to read. Not sure what. I will read some book reviews, or defer to Simon. I like biographies, but they have to be good ones.

What is one thing you want fans to know about your 13th album!

Go and get it. Listen to it. The music has reached a point where it speaks for itself. I can spend hours talking about its ease and difficulty, but it works on the whole when people listen to it. It's undoubtedly one of the strongest of our career and I am thrilled to be releasing it. As cliché as it sounds, I am always the most excited the new one because we are bringing a new thing into the world.

 

 

Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes Talks Bowie, Fashion, and Mark Ronson

Courtesy of vanityfair.com | by Marc Spitz |

Can you take four middle-aged, wealthy English gentlemen who’ve sold 80 million records and become synonymous with an entire era, and somehow re-connect them with the sound they invented when they were young, inexperienced, and hungry [like the you-know-what]? Mark Ronson, who fell in love with the sound of Duran Duran’s first two records as an adolescent, was determined to try. Following a live, Smirnoff-sponsored “megamix” in the Parisian nightclub La Cigale in the summer of 2008, the D.J., producer, and recording artist set his controls for 1983. The resulting record, All You Need Is Now [out December 21 via iTunes], is not entirely a vintage-Duran pastiche - Ronson’s skills and the band’s often underrated instincts wouldn’t permit it. Tracks like “Safe (In the Heat of the Moment),” featuring Scissor Sister Ana Matronic, is disco for the 21st century; and the ballad “Leave a Light On” has a worn-in maturity. However, others, such as “Girl Panic!” and the darkly campy “The Man Who Stole a Leopard” [featuring Kelis], are New Romantic classics that never were. Legendary keyboardist Nick Rhodes, who along with Le Bon has never left the fold [the unrelated John, Roger, and Andy Taylor reunited in 2004, with the latter departing two years later], explains the band’s latest reinvention and reveals where all those ruffled blouses, headbands, and deconstructed blazers currently reside.

Marc Spitz: As with David Bowie, Duran Duran’s always been about constant innovation and the “new.”

Nick Rhodes: Absolutely. We learned from the best.

And yet lately there’s been some tacit acknowledgment of classic elements: the original lineup’s reunion in 2004 and, with All You Need Is Now, a production quality that brings to mind your 1981 self-titled debut and 1982’s Rio. How’d you get back there, and was it tricky to find your way back?

What happens with music is, it’s cyclical. It’s getting more like the fashion industry in that in some seasons certain beats sound right - then next season it changes. Right now we have all converged on what we were doing quite early on - merging dance beats with rock music and electronics - it seems to feel right. Fresh and vibrant again.

Obviously Mark Ronson’s influence is at work here. He’s been very public about his affection for the band. How was it being produced by a fan?

Mark was very clear in his vision to create a classic Duran Duran album - for today. He’s really the perfect producer for Duran Duran. He grew up loving the band; he’s got a great musical ear. He’s got an unbelievable knowledge across many genres of music, and he’s not afraid to experiment. Given all that, and a sense of style and charisma - it just felt right for us.

Duran Duran’s always been a strong enough force to collaborate with a distinctive producer like Nile Rodgers (1986’s Notorious) or Timbaland (2007’s Red Carpet Massacre) and come up with something both characteristic and new, but you’d already made a Rio. Was there any pushback at all if you ever felt like you were repeating yourself?

A lot has been mentioned about Mark saying this is the imaginary follow-up to Rio. He’s good for a sound bite, that guy. Yeah, I realize thatit’s out there now. It’s ingrained. But what I think the interpretation was, is that Rio was a quintessential Duran Duran album. It had all the elements that people like about Duran Duran in the sound. He just felt that that sound had now come around and it was the time for us to reclaim that.

So in the end, yeah, things grew organically out of suggestions and ideas from the team. Mark was very much a part of it. It was like he was in the band actually. He fit in rather well with us. He always wears nice shoes. He’s very sharp.

Visuals and fashion have always been something you’ve taken seriously.

With tongue firmly in cheek.

Yes, but you respect that it’s always been a big part of what’s made the band noteworthy - photos, videos.

Oh definitely. We love the fashion industry, and I think style is something that makes life a little bit brighter.

For 30 years now, there’s never been a real disharmony. You all fit together in terms of what you’ve worn but there’s no uniform. Have you had discussions about the “look” of Duran?

If we’re filming, yeah - you don’t want one person in jeans and a T-shirt and everyone else in suits and ties - you want some common theme. But we have a similar aesthetic.

I noticed you’re registered at your hotel under an assumed name. Are there still people from the “Fab Five” days who know you’re here in New York City?

We do check in under assumed names. And in this world of twittering and tweeting and blogging and blagging, people tend to know everything about everybody. And everywhere you go, somebody’s got a device that can film or take a picture that ends up on the Internet three minutes later and 10,000 people have tweeted “about what was wrong with it.” Such is life.

We mentioned David Bowie earlier. Do you archive the Duran outfits you’ve worn over the years like Bowie has?

Yes. I have Bowie to thank for the fact that I’ve kept my clothing. When we met him very early on, I started chatting with him. We were great admirers, and I asked him, “What did you do with all the clothes?” And he said, “I kept them, of course.” And I thought, “Well that’s smart. I’m going to keep all of mine.”

Do you do anything with them? I would imagine you could read the cultural history of the last 30 years into some of those outfits.I recently lent several outfits to a fashion museum in Chile. We’ve loaned some to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame -

actually, they’ve had them long enough; I think they ought to go someplace else. The fashion museum said, “You have a very unusual collection.” I do have it across a lot of different designers. The Japanese. Yamamoto. Issey Miyake. Comme des Garçons. Things that were happening in Paris in the 80s. Thierry Mugler, Claude Montana, and the English ones, Galliano and Alexander McQueen. Certainly Antony Price - he figured heavily in our earlier clothing. Quite a broad collection of things. I don’t know many people that have men’s-wear collections that span as broadly.

Do you ever try them on anymore?

I have done a couple of photo sessions. I haven’t done in a few years. They probably look a lot better on girls now than they would look on me.

 

 

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