30: Emi has just re-released Arcadia's So Red The Rose as a three
disc box set. This remastered collected all permutations and remixes of tracks
released by the band. The third disc comprised the video collection on dvd.
This album doesn't come with a cardboard box just like the most recent Duran
Duran remasters, it's just a double jewel case. It would be cool to have all
these new reissues with the same kind of packaging. At least the quality of
the remastering is far better than the recent Duran reissues. This piece of
Art deserves its own space on duranasty.com so here you go:
28: April 13th is a very important date for Saffron Le Bon,
Simon's second daughter, it's the date of her debut with the band Benji
XIII. The gig took place at the Troubadour in London.
XIII and the Brave were originally two solo artists [Benji XIII and Saffy
Le Bon] who have merged together to create guitar led, folk-like tunes.
You can listen Saffron sweet voice in the song 'Worn Out'
on their myspace
page where they also say: "We are based in london and like playing
gigs. We would also like a manager so if you would like to manage us [and
you manage people for a living] please contact us".
Guitar and Lyrics | Saffy Le Bon: Lyrics
luck guys from duranasty.com!
April 21th Simon, Nick and Roger attended Mark Ronson's night for the launch
of his range of footwear for top designer label Gucci. The new line had its
London launch at a temporary pop-up store on Earlham Street in Covent Garden
and was followed by an after-party at Ronnie Scott's in Soho. Ronson also
produced a track with his group, Chauffeur, to celebrate the launch. “We
named the band after the Duran Duran song,” Ronson said. “It sounded
like something really luxe in the Eighties — a bunch of kids going out
and putting on their Gucci, and listening to a band called Chauffeur.”
like the ones Mark designed,” said Simon Le Bon, pointing out a pair
of gray herringbone tweed kicks. “If I’m lucky enough, maybe he’ll
give me a pair — we paid him enough to produce our album.”
LeBon performed The Chauffeur with Ronson's band Chauffeur. After the gig,
Simon told Style.com, "Mark is producing our next album. He asked me
to sing with him, and how could I refuse?"
four high resolution professional pics taken at the event!
Warren Cuccurullo update | two exclusive news
| I just got the first news from
Denise George who's helping Warren Cuccurullo promoting his projects | Personally
I'm so glad to announce that our very dear Warren Cuccurullo is back with
a smashing new music project: Chicanery is a collaboration
between Warren Cuccurullo and Neil Carlill.
They first met in London, England in the late 1990's where Neil was a guest
on the TV Mania project created by Warren and Nick
Rhodes of Duran Duran. Many years later after both Neil & Warren
had relocated to the USA [East and West coasts respectively] they started
work on Chicanery.
rich sound scapes shaped by Warren's legendary tune craft – densely
woven around Neil's ‘tone poet’ vocals and lyrics – Chicanery
is both a revival and a dream of a modern day band. It presents challenging,
virtuoso musicianship and a daring-but-precise approach that transforms the
collection of songs into an art form of its own. The musical terrain covers
Zappa, Bowie , Dance, Club and alternative rock. It's a surreal and
a psychotic vision of pop music.
and Neil are joined on selected sessions by long-time Cuccurullo collaborator
Terry Bozzio, Frank Zappa alumni Joe Travers,
world renowned Sarangi virtuoso Ustad Sultan Khan, Muli-instrumentalist
and producer Simone Sello and other guests. Chicanery's debut
album was produced by Simone Sello and engineered by Fabio Angelini
both of Red Rum Productions. Chicanery release their debut album on dPulse
Recordings on May 11th 2010. [In conjunction with
Fontana/Universal Music Group Distribution]
About Warren Cuccurullo: Perhaps best known for his work
with Frank Zappa, Missing Persons and Duran Duran, Warren Cuccurullo today
stands alone as one of progressive rock music’s most capable care
takers. He has written and recorded Worldwide number one singles and albums,
toured the globe extensively, received numerous honors for his songwriting
achievements and has the distinction of writing the first single to be available
for digital purchase/download on the Internet [Electric Barbarella by Duran
Duran]. During his illustrious career Warren has also worked with Frank
Sinatra, Michael Jackson and Dweezil Zappa.
Neil Carlill: Prior to Chicanery, Neil Carlill was a founding member of
Delicatessen [Rough Trade/Big Life], who recorded three albums on the 90s
alternative/experimental scene. He later was part of Lodger [Island Records],
who landed the track ‘I’m Leaving’ in the UK Top 40. Neil
is currently one half of Me Me the Moth with Marcelo Radulovich. Neil has
also worked on other projects including Vedette with Manuel Stagars and
Jayrope, 5 Little Elephants with Charles-Eric Charrier and Shoosh with Craig
Murphy and Ed Drury.
is on facebook
is so productive lately... I just got another email from Katerina Rhodou of
Minoan Music to inform me about another cool project of Warren
with some other great names:
news for you that may interest you and the readers of your nice site! A
new project has come together with Anthony J. Resta ["Medazzaland",
"Thank You" producer & mixer], Warren Cuccurullo, Steve Ferrone
["Notorious", "Big Thing", "Ordinary World",
"Too Much Information", "Thank You"] and composer Eric
Alexandrakis [Eric was discovered by John Taylor, and has a new song coming
out this year with John playing bass]. They are currently simply referred
J. RESTA + ERIC ALEXANDRAKIS + STEVE FERRONE + WARREN CUCCURULLO [COMPOSERS]
their FB page: AlexandrakisCuccurulloFerroneResta
a little sounvenir greeting as well: Hi
From Warren Steve Anthony Eric [download - save target as]
out Warren laying down a solo on his track "Sid Arthur's Message"
from "Playing In Tongues" on Edel.
16: Duran Duran and Seven and the Ragged
Tiger, the new reissues from Emi, so discussed for
the quality of the remastering, they are two great collector items, filled
with some amazing previously unreleased gems. They can't be missed by all
Duran Duran fans! The full package and the tracklist of both reissues look
glorious so they really deserve a special space on this site, with pics and
press reviews. Enjoy!
6: What I offer here is just essential Duran Duran information in
words and pictures, occasionally some frivolousness [hei! I'm a Duran Duran
fan!]. Sometimes what I do is just underline things that are out there but
pass unnoticed losing their impotance among all the non-news and the speculation
circulating around a band with a 30 years long history.
In february John Taylor answered some fan's question in the Kafe. What John
said in the chat is very interesting to say the least! and it has to be read
in perspective of the band's new recording phase. He mentions names and collaborations
he'd love to do, so did Nick. Who knows if these dreams of collaboration will
ever happen and if they'll see the light, sooner or later, in the new Duran
Duran album or just in some solo projects?
that made John talk is: "what other musician would you love to jam with?
says : "well, funnily enough, I was recently put in touch with
Mick Karn*, who was the bass player with Japan,
and I had a couple of email exchange and I just thought:
nice would be to have him play on something on the new record
imagined to go to the studio with Mick, myself, you know... making something
interesting with him. You know... I guess [I'd like to work with] somebody
who has some distinct voice, I remember also Nick [Rhodes] being in touch
with John Foxx**, who was the singer with Ultravox
and thinking how that could be kind of nice to have him sing... I love Gwen
Stefani, I'd love to write something with her someday, I'd love to
have her come on stage with us..."
Mick, just like Duran Duran, will be contributing a cover [Ashes
to Ashes] to the Bowie tribute on Manimal Vinyl Records in support of War
Nick Rhodes contributed two prints at the new DNA exhibition
in July 2009, featuring work by visual artists, film-makers, illustrators,
Manga comic artists, graphic artists and musicians who have been inspired
by different aspects of John Foxx’s 30 year career. Nick’s
two pieces were titled ‘I Want To Be A Machine’
and ‘Artificial Life’, the 2 titles come
from early Ultravox tracks, the version fronted by John Foxx.
same kafe I had a quick answer from John to one of my questions, it was about
the orchestral project the band were talking about last year,
I just asked if they abbadoned the project or is still under consideration.
answer was clear: "it's been put on the shelves".
An obvious choice since the band is concentrating all the creative energies
in the new album.
latest Kafe [march 2010] Nick answers some fan's questions as well, one of
these questions was mine. Here is a transcription.
Nick, Salvo, we all know our friend Salvo
Nick: hello Salvooo,
Katy: from Italy
Nick: of course
Katy: This is a long and a good question… Salvo says:
In a recent interview Giorgio Moroder has been asked if he had any regrets
for artistic enterprises he has refused over the years. He mentioned the
never made remake of George Pal's 'Seven Faces of Doctor Lao' [film with
Michael Jackson] and he also said that he renounced to produce Duran Duran
before they became Duran Duran. He mentioned that you guys proposed him
some demos to produce but he decided that it wasn't worth it... In 2005
some english newspapers reported about your desire to work with the italian
producer on Duran Duran's -then next- album. Is there any thruth behind
the latter tidbit and can you remember what demos you proposed him back
in the days? Did he refer to the very early Duran demos [before you got
Colin Thurston]? Are you still interested in working with Moroder on some
project/dreams still closed in the drawer and if so did you ever discuss
about it with him?
Nick says: Hmmm, well Salvo, Giorgio Moroder,
as you probably know, is somebody who all of the band hold in particulary
high regard, he was incredibly infuential on our earlier work, particulary
for me with regards to his sequencies on songs like I Feel Love
and on the Midnight Express soundtrack, later on Cat
People and certanly with the fantastic Spark album
Number One in Heaven, Beat the Clock and
all that songs, Number One in Heaven how great that is, I haven’t
heard that for a long time.
yes, I would love to work with Giorgio Moroder one day, even on a song,
not sure what would happen at this point, I don’t know what he has
done very recently but somebody who is that clever and has a vision like
that usually continues to produce interesting things so that would be a
real pleasure at some stage...
we did approch him very early on, I don’t recall exactly, it probably
would it be for our first album around the time, hmm, guess would it be
1980 so those demos would it be things like Girls On Film possibly
Planet Earth, but there you go, sometimes things don’t work
out, sometimes they come together later, sometimes they never do but certainly
he has created some terrific records, even his own solo records called E=MC2,
for the mathematicians out there, that’s a beauty. Q: Would you work
with hime now if you have the opportunity? A: Yeah! I think so, It
would be fun to do a track together, I mean he did that one track
with David Bowie, that Cat people sountrack in the mid 80s, one of the best
things of that decade.
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