24 | duranasty.com analyse some post-Red Carpet Massacre
interviews to find out who might be the female
vocalist on Duran Duran's 'The Man Who Stole A Leopard'.
we don't have to look too far to find out the answers to the
question as we might get it just reading some Duran Duran interviews
done in the latest couple of years. So while waiting an official
announcement about the super special female guest vocal on 'Leopard'
done last week in Los Angeles, we have time
to make hypothesis based on Duran Duran's own words.
sure Duran Duran will probably SURPRISE us with a totally unexpected
name, so no one of the names mentioned here... but
there might be also a tiny chance that the special female vocal
is someone anticipated in these interviews... so
check it out!
the song | 'The Man Who Stole The Leopard' is very
electronic, along the lines of The Chauffeur. It's
a story of obsession, and it's based on the film The
Collector which is part of the inspiration. Nick
wrote a fake news article for the end of
the song and a British journalist actually
Hypothesis 1 | So here we go, candidate n°1,
Gwen Stefani who was supposed to collaborate with the band on
Lonely Business, an unreleased track from the
2003/04 Astronaut sessions. The collaboration never happened
and we assume that the female vocalist on this
click, save traget as] might be the touring backup singer
or any other backing vocalist used during the recoding sessions.
Not sure why it never happened.
No Doubt entered the studio in May 2010 to
start recording on their sixth studio album. Gwen stated publicly
that she wanted to complete the nine-song project by December
2010, the band is currently
recording in Los Angeles so this might be a possibilty for Duran.
In the main picture Gwen and the guys at the Brits Awards february
2004, on the right with Simon backstage at the Roxy in New York
“I’d love to
do a duet with with Amy Winehouse. I
don’t know if that’s up her street. Don’t
know if she has even heard of the band. I haven’t met her but
I’m a very, very big fan.” says
2 | On the Daily Record from july
3 2009, there was an article by Rick
Fulton titled 'Simon aims for Amy duet' | Duran
Duran legend Simon Le Bon wants to duet with Amy Winehouse,
but won’t ask her pal Mark Ronson.
would be a bit embarrassing,” he says. “I’m
Simon f****** Le Bon from Duran Duran, I don’t need to
be asking about any other artists do I?” he adds, deadpan,
before giggling. He’s not being an Eighties diva. In honesty,
Simon is a big fan of Amy and it would make perfect sense now
award-winning that Brit producer Mark is recording Duran Duran’s
13th studio album and planning to make it their best since 1982’s
Winehouse collaboration would be certainly a coup. Simon, said:
“I’d love to do a duet. I don’t know if that’s
up her street. Don’t know if she has even heard of the
band. I haven’t met her but I’m a very, very big
Amy Winehouse and Mark Ronson have had their ups and downs:
on september 18, Amy Winehouse took to her Twitter to blast
super producer Mark Ronson after he appeared on the ‘Later...
With Jools Holland’ show and claimed he “created
the tracks” for Amy’s Back To Black
album from her early demo’s. After the show an angry Amy
wrote, during a 5am rant: “Ronson you’re dead to
me; one album I write an you take half the credit – make
a career out of it? Don’t think so BRUV” –
There might be no love between these two anymore... sad!
Minogue: 'Why the hell not?'
3 | And what about Kylie
Minogue? On November 24, 2008 I
posted this in the news section: Kylie Minogue teams up with Duran
Duran [?] from theaustralian.news.com.au and digitalspy.co.uk
of the World. Pop princess
Kylie Minogue wants to team up with '80s heart throbs Duran Duran
for a new single.
Minogue has reportedly held secret
talks with the British band's singer Simon Le Bon and keyboard
player Nick Rhodes in South America. The trio lunched
together recently at a restaurant in Chile, where both Minogue
and Duran Duran were on tour, to discuss new ideas for her next
album. A source said: "Kylie's been thinking about reinventing
her sound and has always loved Duran Duran so thought: 'Why the
From my quick online research
I found that last
week Kylie was busy in London doing
her own stuff... but of course anything is possible and I'm not
a detective... [in the pic Nick and Kylie this year]
Minogue and Ana Matronic's lesbian kiss at Glastonsbury Festival. Ana
did a spoken rap cameo on the song 'Safe'.
all think Rihanna is very special"says
4 | On October 25, 2008 there was a long interview to
Nick's on gaymagazine.cl. Nick said: "at
a certain point popped up the idea to do something with Rihanna,
we all think she's very special, but I don't know... When things
comes in the right moment one knows what is good to do. We'll
see, we are open to offers [...] We really hope to do some more
work with Mark Ronson, don't know if will be a duet or something
Jones, "She's one of the world's finest" says Nick
a double-winner at the Q Awards
5, 6 and so on...| And... what about Florence
Welch, from Florence And The Machine [ Duran Duran supporting
act at Edinburgh Castle show in 2009]? Florence was also spotted
at Q Awards last month with Nick Rhodes [who
presented Ronson with the Innovation in Sound Award]. I would
mention also The Black Panther [A panther to sing 'Leopard', nice!],
the great Grace Jones, who entertained
the crowd at a party attended this year by Ronson and Rhodes.
After the show Nick said “She's one of the world's
finest" [quote from wwd.com]. Can we forget Debby
Harry in this list of names? No.
who's gonna be? Whats your guess? Let us know on facebook!
to Mr T who did this job for us, a 700mb encode of the 'Behind The Music
Remastered' for all the Duran Duran fans worldwide who couldn't see
or record the programme. It looks pretty great so download it here.
is the cover I made, click to enlarge and enjoy!
News | On the right you can admire the cover
for 'All You Need Is Now'! Yesterday the band
said "We are viewing 15 different options for the
front cover artwork. Lots to choose from, lots of opinions".
november 19 Simon and John did some US Press phoners
& Mark are working on a remix for 'a band we all
know & love' [?]
the weekend Simon posted this on twitter "Took
dogs out for a walk today, watching England play rugby
now. I used to play rugby at school when I was a nipper"
While the band are in rehearsals this week in London,
preparing for their South African shows, they have
confirmed that Nick Egan [director
of “Ordinary World”, "Perfect Day"
and “White Lines” videos] is going to
be making the video for “All You Need Is Now.”
the band rehearsed 6 new songs! "I am really
looking forward to playing them for you when we tour"
More on the photo shoot: the band shot in 2 different
locations, the Lemonade
factory in Battersea and a disused pub called
Perch. Four floors of weird things, vespa bikes,
doll house, all kinds of props. Definitely added to
the mood! - says Roger [check out the sites of these
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