28 | Exclusive | Journalist Buhle Mbonambi
of the Sunday Tribune from South Africa has
just interviewed Simon. The interview has been published in
yesterday's edition of the newspaper.
asks: You worked with Justin Timberlake and Timbaland in 2008
and this year you worked with the awesome Mark Ronson. What
was it like working with people who most probably look up to
Justin always said that it was midperiod Duran Duran songs which
got him into music in the first place. Mark is definitely also
a fan. And his approach to producing the album has come from
a fan’s angle. He says that our first two albums, Duran
Duran and Rio were perfect, but then somehow we went off the
rails with Seven and the Ragged Tiger. No kidding! Duran Duran
didn’t suffer from the traditional “difficult second
album syndrome” like most bands do, because back when
we started, in 1980, we had pretty much enough material for
two albums. No, what we got was “difficult third album
syndrome” – and we got it bad. Anyway, the point
is that Mark has always stated his aim with us was to produce
the perfect third Duran Duran album that never was, ie the album
all the die-hard Duran fans want to hear and that captures the
essence of who we are. And I can tell you, he reckons he’s
yesterday was the first member of Duran to make it onto 'the
August institution that is BBC Radio4' He recorded an interview
for "Loose Ends". It was quite
a relaxed informal chat. He talked about the new album and
they also played a clip of All You Need Is Now. You can listen
the interview here.
right a YouTube upload, courtesy of Lizardking Duran site,
of the Today Show Weekend Duran interview aired on November
27. Check it out!
You Need Is Now Video shooting
the latest two days the guys have made comments about the
making of the All You Need Is Now video via twitter, here
is what they said.
"It's cool, we were just walking along the embankment.
We must look like a band or something"
"Out by the Tate Modern yesterday in failing light.
Some guy yelled down to us in an accent from across the
Atlantic "Hey, who are you guys?"
Simon: "I have a good feeling about this vid shoot:
it's very raw, very London, very DD"
"I'm stepping in old man Thames, down by the slipways,
just upstream from Putney bridge. Shooting my last few
frames of vid w/ Nick Egan"
"Our thanks to Burberry - Nick and I both wore some
great pieces yesterday for the video"
"Had a lot of fun filming the video for the new Duran
single on Friday... and it's a great song!!"
"Shoot went really well. Filmed at Tate Modern and
on wobbly Millennium Bridge, then back to our rehearsal
space. Got some great footage"
the right Nick filming with Nick Egan at the Brompton
Cemetery [courtesy of DD's twitter] full
size pic here
Duran give EntertainmentAfrica.com a shout-out in conjunction
with their South African tour! Check
out this cool clip filmed on the set of AYNIN video here
more work in the studio today
pics were taken this morning outside the studio where Simon
& Nick went to record final vocals for a Nick
Hodgson track that will be on the physical release
in February. According to the band this is the last set of
vocals for All You Need Is Now.
Return in Duran Duran's Fashion Identity
couldn't help but notice from the recent pictures taken on
the set of the new Duran Duran video, the cool and dandy look
of the guys... some elements which represented a visual trademark
of the 'Duran-fashion-identy' in the early 80s have just made
their return and we just love it. I hope to see more of this!
limited edition Dinos Chapman screen prints
says: "We've also been signing the 200 limited edition
Dinos Chapman screen prints that he created of the band. Think
they'll be up in the store soon. All numbered. Really happy
with the way they turned out..."
the left is the original art created by Chapman last year,
wonder if they'll be selling this one or the artist just made
a new, totally different, image?
about last year's Rhodes-Chapman collaboration | Controversial
Brit artist Dinos Chapman has teamed up with Duran Duran’s
Nick Rhodes to create a striking piece of original art, in
anticipation of their headlining performance on the main stage
at the Lovebox Festival on Saturday 18th July. Well known
for his shocking and provocative works such as Hell (2000)
and Death (2003), Chapman’s influence is clear in the
highly original and striking image, which depicts the pop
legends as ghostly faces overlooking a pack of marauding zombies.
Nick Rhodes, the band’s keyboard player, worked with
Chapman to produce the image, and is well-known for his appreciation
of art, and has seen his own work included in exhibitions
around the world.
out this cool picture featuring John Taylor, his wife Gela Nash-Taylor
and Juicy Couture partner Pamela Skaist-Levy taken on Halloween 2009.