30 | From
| On September 29 Mark Ronson and The Business Intl showcased their new album
at London’s Hackney Empire. The gig saw the band play
a host of tracks from ‘Record Collection’, which was released
this week. Ronson was also joined by a host of special guests, including Duran
Duran, who performed their 1981 debut single ‘Planet Earth’. Boy
George also made a guest appearance later in the set on ‘Somebody To
Love Me’. The gig also featured songs from Ronson’s hit album
‘Version’. The Duran Duran guys also played Girls On Film and
the Ronson-Le Bon duet 'Record Collection'.
says: "I’m representing all the Duran fans"
today's Daily Telegraph and Herald Sun from Australia
there's a full page article about Ronson who doesn't miss a chance to
talk about Duran Duran: "‘‘As a huge Duran Duran fan
I’m representing all the Duran fans and what they want to hear
in a new record,’’ Ronson says. ‘‘It sounds
like one of my favourite Duran records. Even if I’d never worked
on it there’s some of their best songs in 25 years. I’m
proud of that.’’ [...] ‘‘And even though I’ve
been working on this new Duran album for the past year it’s bizarre.
I didn’t start making music with the goal to one day be in the
studio with Duran Duran, but it doesn’t change the fact I’m
producing my first absolute favourite band from when I was nine.’’
29 Sep 2010 | [Quote] Ask Mark Ronson the music he loved when he was eight
years old and he starts talking about Duran Duran. “The first actual
sound that comes into my head is the keyboard sound on Save A Prayer,
the one that goes duh, duh, duh, duh, duh duh-duh”.
29 | From today's Birmingham Mail | Fans were hungry like
the wolf to see Birmingham pop idols Duran Duran in a special appearance
at a city record shop. But the ‘Wild Boys’ kept them waiting,
turning up two hours late with DJ Mark Ronson at Swordfish Records,
in Temple Street. Simon Le Bon, Roger Taylor, Nick Rhodes and John
Taylor signed albums at the city centre store at 6.30pm yesterday
ahead of a gig with Ronson at the newly-opened HMV Institute venue
last night. The Birmingham band, whose string of hits includes Girls
on Film, Hungry Like The Wolf and View to a Kill, looked vibrant as
they were welcomed back to their home city. More than 200 people packed
out the small shop with more fans queuing up outside for a chance
to glimpse their idols up close. “I have been a Duran Duran
fan for decades and I know they are always late, so I’m used
to it and don’t get annoyed,” said fan John Rowley. Duran
Duran revealed this week their new album will be called All You Need
Is Now. Singer Simon Le Bon said to expressandstar.com:
“It’s nice to get up close with the fans, it’s great
when they’re relaxed and you can have a chat.” picture
27 | The Duran Duran guys are in London at the moment to finalize
things on the new album, which is expected in early 2011, and they just announced,
through the official site, the maybe definitvie title for their upcoming album,
it's All you Need Is Now [wich is also Mark Ronson's favourite
track of the album!]
are talking about a number of things... says John Taylor, we are very excited
about the album and big plans are being made"
to Katy in the Kafe, published yesterday exclusively on duranduranmusic.com:
when katy asks: "are you feeling an album title? john says: "I’m
feeling like All you need is now. I think we are feeling that."
the album progress: "We really nailed the album... and most
of july was spent in the studio, really nailing the album and getting it almost
write up, to the point that we could all take august to relax. John continues:
"I really like almost everything that we’ve done [laugh], I’m
really excited about it."
really feel the spirit of the band, the four of us and Dom on this, I mean
it’s so much better than RCM and Astronaut"
band has got 11 completed tracks to remix. Also a new unknow title has been
added to the track-list, it's Leopard. About the artwork
for the new album John says: "we got an artist, who Nick discovered at
her name is Clunie Reid [the pics I used and manipulated
in the above visual are her creations], it’s gonna be really pretty
fucking out there, we are very excited about her, she’s great, she’s
really off the wall!"
gonna be great to play live", says John. "I know this new album
is gonna be the kind of album we’re gonna wanna play every song off
[laugh] there’s so much to play... I’m sure we’ll have 'Boys
keep Swinging' somewhere in the set as well."
"There won’t be anything this year! We are going in South
Africa, having said that I don’t know for sure that won’t
be anything after that before Christmas, there might be, is it possible
that there might be something in one of the capital cities.
Duran announced its first South African concerts in 17 years, a five-date
run in December that’s being billed as “the start of an
enormous global campaign around the release of their next studio album”.
International Convention Centre, Durban, South Africa
Dec. 9: The Big Top, Carnival City, Johannesburg, South Africa
Dec. 10: The Big Top, Carnival City, Johannesburg, South Africa
Dec. 11: The Grand Arena, GrandWest, Cape Town, South Africa
Dec. 12: The Grand Arena, GrandWest, Cape Town, South Africa
In an interview
for the french magazine Salut! from 1993 John answer to the question:
is your best memory of the tour? South Africa! When
we played there, there was a special atmosphere. It is a country torn by political
and racial conflicts. Playing there was a little surreal. It's a very emotional
memory to me.
25 | In 2005Ana Matronic and Jake
Shears from Scissor Sisters [one of the support
acts on Duran Duran's 2004 reunion tour] interviewed the guys for "Interview"
magazine. In light of the recent collaboration of Ana Matronic with Duran
I decided to re-read that 5 years old interview to try to figure out how their
mutual love started and why our guys are so enthusiastic about her. As we
all know Ana did a cameo on Safe, a new song from 13th. According
fan who recently met Ana "she was under the impression that she would
just be singing a few pre-written lines but once in the studio, they started
writing! Ana also said the song is mid-tempoand
the track [as well as the songs she has heard] are very reminiscent of “Rio”
Nick Rhodes is already dreaming about shooting a video for Safe
[Wait, wait! Videos are usually made for singles... that
means it could be a single off 13th?!? Well, we'll see] we can only go back
5 years and read this chat between the guys and Ana!
an extract from the interview published in march 2005 [trascription and photo-creations
Ana Matronic: That’s good that it’s all five of you and
not five managers hashing it out. I’ve heard that that’s how Fleetwood
Mac operates these days: each of them have managers who all get in the room
and decide by consensus. [laughs] Roger: Well, sometimes the problem is not the people in the
band, but the people around the band.
So, Roger, how do you find playing live now? You took a break for quite a
while. Roger: I did, yeah. When I left the band, I bought a farm
in Gloucester, England, up in the Midlands, a beautiful area of countryside,
and just lived a really simple life for a few years. I had some kids and chilled
out and kind of found myself again because, as Andy [Taylor] says, being in
this band in the early 1980s made you feel like you were part of a pizza.
You lost your individuality.
We were always one of the band, one of Duran Duran, or one of the Taylors,
and in that context it’s very easy for your true self to disappear. Simon: I was just trying to figure out whether I was mozzarella
or pepperoni? Jake: I’d be the mushroom. What about you Ana? Ana.: I’d be the sauce, honey. [all laugh]
How do the rest of you feel about touring again? Simon: They work us like the dogs that we are. It’s
a heavy schedule. But it’s great because it obviously means that a lot
of people are interested.
The British tour last year ex-ceeded our expectations so much that we’ve
stopped intellectualizing about it. The show at Wembley were fantastic. Everybody
had gotten their whole thing back together, and that’s why we really
enjoyed it. We just hit go, and it all worked. that’s the incredible
I have a question about fans. After all this time, what would a fan have to
do to really impress you?
Nick: it’s Manolo Blahniks for me. Andy: Actually, I think that my most interesting encounter
with Duran Duran fans happened when I wasn’t actually in the band. I
went to a Duran Duran gig at the NEC in Birmingham, thinking I could sort
of stand where I wanted. It was when ‘Ordinary World’ was out,
and by that time I had quite a bit of a hiatus. I sort of stood at the side,
and I was okay until they put the lights on and this sea of people caught
who I was. It was like, boom! All of a sudden I was running for the dressing
room. It was quite scary.
What was it like watching Duran Duran from that perspective? Andy: a bit strange. I went down to see John and make my
peace with everybody. He and I were going to talk about doing another Power
Station album. I was at a point where I was ready to say, “I’ve
got to see what they’re up to.” The only thing that got me was
that the drummer had changed the beats. I think he changed the groove on the
high hat in “Rio.” But it was also just about looking at it overall
- watching the audience and seeing if they had the same sort of fever.
Well, Nick, I always thought that you would be fantastic to launch a line
of men’s cosmetics.
Nick: You know, I did get asked a few times. I don’t know why it never
really happened. I don’t know that I would want to launch a line, but
I could be the face of Lancome or something. I never wanted to challenge Isabella
Rosselini’s glory in the old days, though.
I think there’s a whole untapped market of men who enjoy cosmetics. Nick: We’ve been accused recently in interviews of
being almost entirely responsible for metro-sexuals.
I think that’s really a compliment because, as straight woman I can’t
tell you how much I enjoy that expanded idea of masculinity. Most of the guys
I have dated fall into the category of metrosexuals. Nick: Beats the hell out of being retrosexual. Jake: Yeah, I’m one of those weird girls who don’t
take off their clothes. It’s so retro.
You don’t take off your clothes? Ana: Well, you know, in front of everyone. Let’s get some dirt
here. How many people have you ever woken up in bed with at once? Roger: I’d probably be the guy walking in and finding
them with the video cameras, saying, “You’ve got to be kidding.” Nick: Yeah, Roger and I are the quiet ones. We’re the
Do you think that the music business itself has changed a lot since the 1980’s?
Is there anything people could do then that the can’t do now? Nick: Well, it was definitely a much smaller business. it
wasn’t as corporate, and people were prepared to take much bigger risks.
If you look at the bands from that era alone, you’ve got The Cure, The
Smiths, Depeche Mode, INXS, U2 - they’re all radically different from
each other and have very strong identities. Then on top of that, you ended
up with people like Madonna and Price. I don’t know that the 1990’s
really produced so much diversity - a lot of it seemed much more rehashed
to me. In the 1980’s everybody wanted to stand out and be an individual,
whereas in the 1990s it was all about fitting in and having the same trainers
as the next person. Also, when we put outour first album, there was no internet,
which is the most radical change of all. It has given artists a completely
different perspective on their fans. With the internet, you start to understand
people’s likes and dislikes about the band more intimately and what
turns them on and what turns them off.
How do you think the internet has affected their engaging in the sort of idolatry
they sometimes do with bands? Nick: Well, there are some pretty scary sites out there.
I mean, when somebody told me there were over 50,000 pages up there on Duran
Duran, I said, “Don’t be ridiculous. You must be wrong.”
But actually, it gives everybody with even slightest knowledge of computers
the opportunity to put forward their views or their thoughts. It’s the
best and worst of everything.
25 | from my archive a very unusual interview with John Taylor published
in the obscure magazine POPsmear [1994-1999] | In 1998Jimmy Pop Ali, best known as the lead vocalist and main-songwriter
of the Bloodhound Gang, has interviewed John Taylor for POPsmear
magazine. John at that time was out of the band and was pursuing a solo career.
John even made a cameo appearance in the Bloodhound Gang's music video for
the song "Your
Only Friends Are Make Believe", playing rock, paper, scissors with
himself... and losing". If you know Jimmy Pop Ali you can also imagine
what kind of interview he did with John, the questions are hilarius and so
the answers. A very funny John Taylor who plays Jimmy's game... but it's not
only fun, you might discover some John/Duran facts never heard... so have
a good read! [trascription by Salvo]
Jimmy says: The first time I met John Taylor, I was
more excited than an urban mythologist finding a peanut butter-smothered
Chihuahua. A mutual friend at Drive-Thru Records had made
arrangements for John and myself to converge and discuss the possibility
of collaborating on a remake of Power Station’s “Some Like It
Hot”. Before I could say “power lunch” I found
myself jetting up the coast to chow down on Thai cuisine with one-fifth
of the fab Five. I tried to hide my nervous excitement, but I think my pink
fedora gave me away. I knew it was time to break the ice with my most tried
and true method of warming up an intimidating audience. “Would you
like to see a picture of my daughter?” I inquired enthusiastically.
“Definitely”, John replied eagerly. At this point the spectator
usually feigns anxiety from the photograph. The punchline is that I pull
out a picture of the fattest, blackest and ugliest baby ever pushed through
a birth canal. I then revel in their blank stares as their brain searches
for a suitable reaction. John, however, immediately started laughing, so
I knew he was one of us. If you don’t know what I mean by one of us,
you are probably not one of us. Having made a connection at the hub of stupidity,
I felt comfortable confiding, “You were my favorite, John.”
A year had passed since I first met J.T. (as close friends like myself lovingly
refer to him), and I knew the time had come to pop the question. “Would
you let me interview you for Popsmear so they don’t have to rerun
my ‘Philosofeces’ article again? I begged. ”I’m
game, Jimmy,” he proclaimed.
24 Questions with John Taylor
How unoriginal are Mister Mister, The The and Ruth Ruth?
John: Plagiarists! Well, The The, that’s actually more of a statement
than a repetition of words. But you can bet I won’t be looking over
my shoulder for Mister Mister, that’s for sure. Did you think of that
question on your own?
If you had been raised as a Shiite Muslim do you think you would have called
your band Iran Iran?
Ah, yes. Very clever.
How many women have you slept with?
Over a hundred.
How many men have you slept with?
I have not had sex with any men, Jimmy.
Who was packing the jumbo wiener in Duran Duran?
Le Bon. He liked to prance around the dressing room naked, probably because
he was the only circumcised member of the band. He was from south of Oxford
where everyone is circumcised.
What was the weirdest experience involving sex you ever had?
The night I was beyond drunk and nearly went to bed with a man. That will
do. But that really didn’t involve sex, so I’ll just cop out on
What was the most decadent experience involving money you ever had?
I think the day my accountant told me I had to leave England immediately for
tax purposes. I flew from London to the South of France, and I still had to
write a six figure check to the government. Or when I bought the Aston-Martin
for 100,000 pounds and never drove it.
Who invited Kool and the Gang to the “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”
Yeah, how about that? I imagine Bob Geldof did. But aren’t you glad
he did? These are very good questions, If I may say so, Jimmy.
Is it true George Michael thought they were Culture Club chauffeurs?
You are a very naughty boy.
I kind of like him. Actually, I find myself drawn to him.
How many Power Station songs can you play on a touch-tome phone?
One. “Some Like It Hot.”
Who do you love when you come undone?
Did you ever cut your hair with the Floo-Bee?
Never. That’s stupid, Jimmy.
Did Nick Rhodes ever offer to give you a pedicure?
No, but he’s not as fey, you know, a queenie, as his public image.
16. Who is that guy Warren Cuccurullo and why is he bothering Duran Duran?
I think he injected quite a bit of life into the old dog, actually.
Did you quit Duran Duran because you hate him?
No, I’d just had enough. I’d had more than enough. I’d had
it right up to here.
Who would win in a fight: Warren Cuccurullo or Andy Taylor?
Let’s see, Warren’s a muscleman and Andy’s a drunk. I don’t
Who would win in a fight: Warren Cuccurullo or a roll of Scotch tape?
How long do you give it before Nick Rhodes and Simon le Bon have to get a
restraining order against Warren Cuccurullo?
Nick gets along with Warren and Simon, I don’t know. Years ago they
tried to, but I told them it was a bad idea.
What did you think of POPsmear?
I thought it was most entertaining.
22. Are James and Troy arrogant, condescending, ungrateful fucks
for judging my recent Popsmear submissions with such high standards?
Well, you “Philosofeces” piece was a classic of the modern
vernacular. It had a positive influence on my sex life for at least
the next 48 hours. But I think for them to challenge you is good. You
don’t want to coast on old triumphs.
23. Do you think I’m pretty?
I don’t know whether I’d say you’re pretty. I’d
say you have a certain handsomeness. You’re much more together
than when I first met you. But then again, you were on tour. When we
were on tour, I was always hanging on by the string of my scrotum.
In 10 words or less, so you don’t ramble and I don’t get
bored, what does the future hold for John Taylor?
World by the balls and a lot more besides. Let’s wrap it up, I
have to go.
19: Promotion on Mark Ronson's new album is on and Rhodes
helps out | On the current issue of Dazed and Confused magazine
[UK] there's a 6 page feature on Mark Ronson [Ronson curates a special section
on his new album along with his collaborators]. The article includes a half
page photo of Nick Rhodes taken exclusively for this magazine. Rhodes is supporting
Ronson's upcoming album also in the exclusive interview for dazeddigital.com
orginally posted here
and also available for download on this site [for everyone who enjoy collecting
those videoclips - link below]. In the interview Nick and MNDR chat about
their love of analogue synths, MNDR's cameo on "Bang Bang Bang",
and Nick's pioneering 80s pop melodies. If you've seen the "Bang
Bang Bang" video,
you know that it features some pretty outrageous looking keyboards and synthesizers.
It should come as no surprise that these are some expensive instruments, with
the priciest being the Synthex, which Ronson bought for $5,000
on the recommendation of Nick Rhodes!
Nick owes Mark some good promotion for his upcoming album Record Collection
as the guy seems to be Duran Duran's N°1 fan and he even confesses to
musicrooms.net that he “borderline unhealthily”
obsessed with Duran Duran when he was younger.
says: “Duran Duran were the first band I remember being pretty fanatical
really weird and definitely a little bit surreal, being in a recording booth
and telling Simon Le Bon to do it again and better.
could tell you anything you want to know about that band I was a little bit...
borderline unhealthy,” he explained. “What’s been great
about working on their new album is that I have this inner thing, because
I am such a huge fan and I know what it’s supposed to sound like, that’s
it’s kind of reinvigorated them. That’s what
proud of his new album because it is so different to the 2007 Version. He
worked with a number of big name stars on that, including Amy Winehouse and
Lily Allen, but was keen to ensure he wasn’t just known for cover versions.
On Record Collection Mark sings and he hopes fans will approve of his new
direction. “I definitely wanted to separate myself from being just the
covers guy,” he explained on a British TV programme. “I wanted
to switch the sound a bit. It’s definitely different and I hope people
like it. It’s a mixture of some great new up-and-coming talent and some
people I have worshipped through my life.”
Ronson, Boy Goerge
and Nick Rhodes | Prima Donna opening night. Sadler's Wells Theatre,
London, Premiere of Rufus Wainwright's opera. 13 April 2010
in | Ronson to reunite Culture Club for 30th anniversary |
Boy George, appeared on Mark's third album 'Record Collection' and wants
the producer to help him reunite his former band for their 30th anniversary
of their debut album. Ronson tells Britain's Daily Star, "Boy George
is going to do some shows with my band so we have talked about collaborating
on a new Culture Club record, because in 2012 it's their 30th anniversary.
That should be fun, they were a great band." George said: "I
think we could do a one-off gig or maybe a small tour. But unfortunately,
with all these reunions you get to a point where you start remembering
why you left."
to report this news 'cos Boy George few months ago said: "I'd love to
do a tour with Duran Duran. I think that would be a great gig. Us and Duran
Duran. If they're up for it, we're up for it. I'll support them I don't care!
It would be great - that would be one hell of a tour."
Record Collection is out September 28th! <
be an exclusive 12' available exclusively at these*
stores, which will feature 'Sound of Plastic' a track co-written
by Mark and Nick Rhodes . The b-side consists of a dub version of the song.
Mon 27th Bristol, Rise ' 5.30pm
Wed 29th London, Rough Trade West ' 12pm
Sat 2nd Manchester, Piccadilly ' 5pm
Sun 3rd Leeds, Jumbo ' 12.30pm
Get a great
a new close up [high-res] picture
of Nick Rhodes here [taken at the Naked Heart Cocktail Party on September
8, 2010 in London].
12: Duran Duran | summer 2010 | Ok, I’m back
and duranasty.com is back! I’m glad to have my hands on this keyboard
again and bring back the site after such a long break. Hope everyone had a
great summertime. Mine has been great, thanks to everyone who sent emails.
It’s so good be back online and find some new Duran Duran music to listen,
even if it's just a snippet from 13th or a Bowie
cover! This post is just to make the point on the state of the Duran
Boys Keep Swinging and it sounds great! Amazing stuff guys!
I think it's worth to read again what Nick had to say about the song [I originally
posted this on march 18]:
did pick Boys Keep Swinging 'cos it’s an iconic song, we felt we
could duranize it, so our version is very different to David’s version,
it’s a similar sort of tempo but it got a lot of rhythm on it, there’s
a lot of drum, electronic drums and real drums, rhythm machine. It doesn’t
have any guitars on it, the original was filled with guitars. Simon has
played around with the vocal melody a little and he’s got a very
different vocal sound on it, we also used a machine on that, but don’t
worry, he doesn’t sound like one of those records in the charts.
I’m actually very excited about it, I hope David likes it, I hope
the fans likes it and I hope it raises some money [100% of the proceeds
go to War Child Uk warchild.org].
It was a lot of fun to do, we recorded it very quickly in a couple
of days in London. I have to say I’m very very pleased
with the mix and the sonic quality of it."
to Reborninoktober for this cool fan-made video of Boys Keep Swinging
posted on YouTube. Don't forget to get your copy of We Were
So Turned On: Tribute To Bowie or just buy the Duran song
All proceeds go to Warchild.
Last month a new song
from Duran Duran's forthcoming album has been debuted by its producer Mark
Ronson who played a 30 second snippet of 'Blame The Machine'
during his weekly slot on the New York-based East Village Radio. It's the
first finished studio edit of a song fans have heard from Duran Duran's
new album and it’s got a decidedly old-school Duran Duran vibe.
It’s very encouraging
this Mark Ronson’s tweet from july 22, I suppose
it was the last day of their summer recording session.
just finished all vocals on the new Duran album. Oh My Lord,
it is very real in the field right now. Best DD album in maybe 25 years."
So, according to the recent Duran Duran video-messages posted on the official
site the track-list of the album includes the following songs:
Matronic vocal cameo]
last song title has been revealed by Ronson in thiscnn interview where he discusses what's it like working with
Duran Duran. But if you go back and read John's birthday blog you'll find
a mention to this song's title! In the video Mark Ronson says it was surreal
working with Duran Duran on the band's latest album. Ronson also says that
he would put All You Need Is Now in his top five overall
Duran Duran songs!
on 13th: In a video-message recorded in july, Roger gives a band
update from Eastcote Studios in London where he added drums
to a song that needed a military feeling, he said he used some antique drums.
an attempt to write down the lyrics to Blame the Machine [thanks to Donata
for sending me an sms back in august, much apreciated while I was on a desert
now theres no way home this love affair is ended
I should've known, when I brought into the dream
so lock your sonic souls and keep me lost and stranded
I blame myself and I blame the machine
video clip [recorded in July] and posted on their official site only in august,
Nick says the new album should be out in 6/7 months. Nick Rhodes also confirms
through the media that the sessions nearly are over, and “we
will have a record done this year and out in the first quarter of next year.”
to Richard Blade, who has meet John at his house last week
[John Taylor will be hosting for two weeks Blade's radio show on Sirius 22,
XM 44 starting Monday Sept 13th], Duran Duran hopes to get
the new album out by Christmas but the fans are aware that
it will probably be out early next year. Blade says: “It's really good,
definitely has the classic DD/Rio sound which is great news and is
John also confesses to Blade that they are hoping to tour starting
late Spring/early Summer. And musically to put the new tracks in
couple of snippets: The guys did take a break from the recording
sessions in july to join Ronson onstage during his set at London’s Lovebox
festival to perform the band’s 1981 debut single “Planet Earth”
together; watch some fan-shot video. Lovebox
Duran Duran Planet Earth 17-07-2010
not least, a Reportage update: On july 23 Andy Taylor
answered to a fan's question on his facebook page. The fan just asked "what
about "Reportage? I think every Duran Duran-Fan and music lover would
like to hear the songs".
says: If it were possible I would like to finish that album
- but I don't think there's currently much chance of that... But I guess its
a step in the right direction... Question is, which freezer
is it in???
for you all. If you like to collect also paparazzi pictures here some recent
ones [including one of Nick taken a couple of days ago] that I got in high
resolution. Enjoy :)