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Welcome to ASK KATY. This is the place where you can Ask Katy stuff about Duran Duran. You can Ask Katy whatever you would like and she will try to answer you. Katy has worked for Duran Duran for many years now, and we like to think she knows a lot. Got a question about the band? Ask Katy. What is the B-side to Union of the Snake? Ask Katy. Trouble with remembering when the band last came to your town? Ask Katy. You get the picture. So don’t be shy…Ask Katy and she will answer a selection of questions each month. Here are the most Frequently Asked Katy Questions.
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Brummie Boys

March 10th, 2021

Katy – A question for the 3 Birmingham lads. Which one has/had the most (or thickest) Brummie accent? Thank you, Lucy Jane

“Lucy Jane, I polled them and this is what I got back

“We could all give ourselves a run for the money…it could have been any one of us in the late 70s or early 80s. If you hear one of us speaking then, it would have been obvious which area of the country we had grown up in. As we traveled more internationally, our accents seem to have slowly disappeared. If you listen close enough though, there’s always a little bit of Birmingham left in our speech patterns. We all remain very fond of Birmingham and especially, the people there.”

Thanks for the fun question! Katy “


Paintings – Does Nick have a Fave?

February 11th, 2021

Here is my question for Nick. What is your favorite painting? Анастасия

“There are so many painters I love from different periods – Caravaggio is undoubtedly one of my favourites…every time I see one of his paintings in person, I am awestruck by how astounding they really are.

Aside from classical painters, I do, of course, like many modern artists particularly from the Dada and surrealist period, then later, Pop Art. I think the most underrated artist is Jean Cocteau, whom I have greatly admired for many years. His work across several genres including theatre, cinema, poetry and art is quite exceptional. NR”


Duran Duran Support The Sweet

January 24th, 2021

Hi Katy, For some peculiar reason, I have in my mind that Duran Duran were booked to support Sweet at the Hammersmith Odeon on 24th February 1978. They didn’t actually turn up but I just wondered if that was ever on the books? I appreciate it wouldn’t be the fab five as we knew them but maybe with Stephen Duffy on vocals. If it wasn’t them then maybe it was someone else. Best regards, Mike Fisher

Hello Mike! The band don’t think it was possible that it would have been in 1978, particularly since they were still with Stephen and only played 4 shows together. However, they were booked to do ONE show in London with The Sweet, which got cancelled. It was more likely to be in 1980, which would have been the 5 piece line up. There may possibly even be a poster for the show in the archives, we will have to check…Thanks for the Q, Katy”


Drums on Duran Duran’s “American Science”

December 30th, 2020

I know to direct this question to Nick Rhodes. Nick, I’m assuming that by rhythm box, you meant drum machine, correct? Was the beat on the studio recording of “American Science” entirely done using a drum machine, or was it part drum machine part drums being played by Steve Ferrone? This is my favourite song, so inquiring minds need to know! Thanks in advance! Sarah

“Actually, Steve programmed a Linn drum II and then played live drums on top of it. This actually came about because I had been teasing Steve, saying what an extraordinary drummer he was but didn’t know how to program a rhythm unit, so he rose to the challenge with an entire pattern for the song “American Science,” that he created. I have to say, I was enormously impressed! NR”


“Burning The Ground” & “Decadance”

November 14th, 2020

I’ve always been curious about the remixes/singles titled “Burning The Ground” & “Decadance.” Can Nick or anyone shed any light on the history of these such as were they released as singles to radio stations or mainly dance remixes for the fans? Has Duran Duran considered an updated version to include more recent tracks? Thank you! Mike V

“The tracks were created to coincide with the release of the DECADE album, unsurprisingly celebrating 10 years of Duran Duran single releases. “Burning the Ground” was definitely released in some countries on 7 inch vinyl format and “Decadance” on 12”. Because of the nature of the song not having the same type of structure as many of our previous tracks, radio were generally confused and it didn’t receive a lot attention at that time. However, the band later found out it had become big hit in several different countries…since then, it seems to have gathered its own cult status but it has never been re-released, remixed or repackaged. The band says if they did a new piece based on the same concept it could be quite interesting given the amount of material to choose from. Katy”


All those RIO versions….

October 10th, 2020

Nick has mentioned that there are 5 or 6 versions of RIO when it was originally released and one of the biggest differences is the version of “Hold Back The Rain”. Can they tell us which releases (country, I would suspect) would have the 5 or 6 different versions. I’m aware of the UK and the US being different, but what other releases have the different versions? Bob

“It would be difficult for us to unravel. Aside from the second pressing in RIO released in the US, there was never meant to be any other different versions. It was all accidental, or actually, Record Company incompetence because when they re -pressed the album, several times, they managed to use earlier versions that were not ever meant to be released. From memory, Colin Thurston and Nick did quite a few different edits to see what worked best. The main reason for this was that if the track was too long, we were to lose to audio quality on the vinyl because you had a specific time limit before sound deterioration began. We believe the first British pressing has the correct version, but then everything went awry with subsequent pressings all over the world. You can get more information here. The Band”


New Synths

September 15th, 2020

I’d like to ask Nick if he’s had a chance to check out some of the more recent Synthesisers on the market, like Korgs Prologue, Sequential’s Prophet X, XL and 12, Novations Peak and Teenage Engineerings new OP-Z (I know he is quite fond of their OP-1). Also, will be using the OP-1 on the new album? Thanks and very best regards, Kevin, from Co Durham.

“Hi Kevin, Thanks for the tips. I have not had time to check out all of these synths yet, but I am always curious and looking for great new products. I am indeed very fond of the OP-1 which is highly likely to make an appearance on our new material. I look forward to discovering these synths, along with a few others, over the coming months. Nick”


Spacey Sound in “Ordinary World”

August 12th, 2020

Hello Katy, I feel very privileged for the opportunity to ask you a question. My question, up front, is about a sound effect in the song Ordinary World, a song that I love. It is a kind of Sci-Fi sound effect can be heard at the at the 3:12 mark and ends at 3:15 (on the official music video) so it’s about 3 seconds long. The sound effect has always stood out to me since the first time I heard it back when the song came out.

I wondered how the sound effect got mixed into the song …There’s an audio editing card in the computer that makes the exact same sound at startup that’s heard in “Ordinary World” – but at a different pitch.

So, I thought I would ask if you can tell me about the sound effect? Thanks so much Katy! Roger

“Hi Roger, Without playing back the song in the studio, I am not entirely certain what the specific effect would be. However, a lot of the more “spacey” sounds were created during the mix by using tape delays and spinning some of the sounds from the track around. The mixer, David Richards, had a unique approach and would spend many days on each track. I believe “Ordinary World” was done almost over three weeks! He worked in isolation in his own studio, so he could move at his own pace. I remember we were all quite concerned that it was taking so long for this specific track to be sent back to use from Switzerland, but when it arrived we were all stunned by the detailed work that he had added. NR”


The Genesis of “Like An Angel”

July 15th, 2020

Hi Guys, Looking over my beloved RIO Deluxe edition, I noticed how “Like an Angel” was included on the second cd. I’ve always liked this track, and its wonderful whistle part. Well done Simon I presume. I see that it has a Manchester demo along side other Rio demos, so I was wondering if it was being considered for the album since it was sadly unused on the first album., and if not, why not. Also, was the studio version recorded during the RIO sessions or the first album? George

“Hello George! I got the scoop from the band: “Like an Angel” was first released as the B-Side of the original single version of “My Own Way.” Both of these tracks were created after the first album, but before the initial RIO sessions.The band felt that they needed to release another single, and so they wrote “My Own Way” for that purpose. At that time, B-Sides were always special and important, so “Like an Angel” was written for that, rather than using a track that had already been released. What subsequently happened is that the band decided that the version of “My Own Way was not suitable for the RIO album, so they completely re-cut it in a different style. It was always going to be included on the album, whereas “Like an Angel” was only ever a B-Side. PS- Simon did perform the whistling (but then people say they all sound the same when we whistle!). Thanks for the question. Katy”


Nick’s Forward for John’s Book

June 12th, 2020

I’m really delighted Nick wrote ‘introductory’ piece for JT’s book! :))) It’s answered our curiousity about his thoughts regarding the events in the book. Did John ask him to do it? Or Nick himself initiated it? DIAN

“John asked me to write the forward for the soft back release of his autobiography, which, of course, I was honoured and thrilled to do.

In some ways it was quite strange as I vowed not to read the book as I still do intend to write my own book and did not want to be affected by John’s memories of different events. On the other hand, I knew his story better than most, as I was there for the journey…tho I am sure I did miss some things. Nick”


Really, how did they get the title for The Wedding Album?

May 14th, 2020

Hi Katy! I was reading the Collector’s Corner article that mentioned the confusion about the origin of name “The Wedding Album”, and I figured I’d pass along a random tidbit:

Somewhere in my VHS archives, I have an old MTV (US) News segment from around late-November 1992 with Kurt Loder. He was reporting on the Daily Mail expose about the IRA’s attempted bombing of the Duran Duran concert that Princess Diana attended. At the end of the segment, Kurt somewhat-sardonically states (I’m paraphrasing here), “Duran Duran survived to make something called ‘The Wedding Album’, to be released next year”. I’m not 100% sure the cover had even been seen yet, but I don’t remember the segment well enough to be sure. In fact, I didn’t realize the official name was not “The Wedding Album” until it charted on Billboard.

So while I don’t know the source of the album name, Kurt Loder was already using it before the Ordinary World single was officially released in the US. Heck, my memory is spotty about whether the song had reached my radio stations yet. Tim

“Hi Tim! The band did not have a title for the album as they were approaching the end of the sessions, and by this time, they have always had a ‘firm favourite’. They felt as if they had to re-establish the “brand” Duran Duran, so the internal discussions had been to NOT title the album and simply put the band’s name on the cover.

Nick had come up with the concept of putting their parents wedding photos on the front sleeve, and had been gathering them from all the other band members to see what they might look like. They had the atmosphere the band was hoping for, and Nick liked the idea they were the total sum of the DNA that created the people who were making this record.

The band sent off the images to their graphic designer, Nick Egan, who did a great job of arranging them together to create a powerful album cover image. As requested, he also used a Duran Duran logo, but no other words; when the album was released, it was simply titled Duran Duran. The band had, in fact, instigated the idea that it would end up being called The Wedding Album by everyone if only to differentiate it from the first Duran Duran album. It was also an homage to John and Yoko, who had released their own “Wedding Album” in 1969. Katy”


Roger’s FunkFace

April 12th, 2020

Hello this one is for Rog, I have read about a song: “Lost this Feeling” that you made with a project called FunkFace in the beginning of the new century. Have you ever released it? And what was the FunkFace’s lineup, was it the same guys of Freebass?
Thank you and hugs from Buenos Aires​. Hernan from Argentina

“Hi Hernan, Thanks for the question! Yes, this song had a limited release on my own independent label RT Music. FunkFace was a collaboration between myself and Jake (Fonique) Roberts, whom I later went on to form a DJ partnership with. We had both been members of the short-lived experimental electronic dance band Freebass. We were trying to find the missing link between early 90’s dance music culture and pop.Re-union coming up in 2030? :) Rt x x “


Laugh, Cough, Sneeze

March 12th, 2020

Hi Katy, This one is for Simon : Simon hope all is well. Have you ever laughed, sneezed or coughed mid song duringa live performance? Your Lonesome tonight Elivis laughing version? If so how did you manage it and are there any recordings? Very much looking forward to the new album. All the best, Ryan

“Dear Ryan, I have in truth done all of the above. Notably, in the very early days of the band, when we were rehearsing at The Rum Runner, I used to sneeze so much when singing that my band-name was almost changed from “Charley” to “Sneezy”, although at times I should probably been called “Dopey” or even “Dozy” or “Sleepy”. All of this could possibly been attributed to the fact that for a month or so I had been nasally ingesting an over the counter brand of athlete’s foot powder, in the mistaken belief that it was high grade Columbian flake cocaine. Interestingly, I seemed to be experiencing the same kind of euphoria as others in my company who were most definitely ingesting the real thing. In retrospect, I can only attribute this to a kind of “contact high” or a very effective “placebo effect”. Significantly, since that time, I have lived 100% free of any nasal fungal infections. WHOOOSH! s”


Stage Sets

February 11th, 2020

This question is for anyone in the band.I’ve always been curious as to who designs the stage setup for the live shows, and what happens to them once the tours have been completed. I ask this because the stage set used for Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers video for “So you wanna be a rock n roll star” looks identical to the set used on the Sing Blue Silver tour, and I watched a live video of The Corrs, and the LED Screens looked like the ones from the Astronaut tour. Kevin.

“The band wished they had kept some things from previous stages sets, particularly the Wedding Album tour as it was quite theatrical and there were a lot of cool props on stage. However, for most tours nowadays, bands tend to use video screens and lighting design to create their show. There is actually very little to keep aside from the risers on the stage since the gear is rented and formatted for each specific artist’s request. Katy”


Neurotic Outsiders for RSD?

January 10th, 2020

I always loved the Neurotic Outsiders album a lot. You can hear the fun the band had recording the album. I once read somewhere that there were plans to release a Neurotic Outsiders live album. Is this true, have these recordings been made? If so, is this something you would consider releasing on vinyl for Record Store Day? Thanks and best wishes Frank

“Hi Frank. Actually, I would love to release it for Record Store Day. We recorded a classic Viper Room set with Iggy Pop, Brian Setzer and Billy Idol guesting. I have it on 2 CDs. Personally I prefer it to the album. Thanks for the ask! JT”


Sing Blue Silver Tour Clothing

December 17th, 2019

This is a question for Nick. I’ve read in several interviews that you have all your old clothes in storage. I’ve spent over 30 years wondering who designed your red leather suit (black shoulder panels) that you wore on the SBS tour and the jacket from The Reflex video…and if you know who designed John’s red, white and bhttp://www.duranduran.com/wordpress/wp-admin/post.php?post=33831&action=edit#edit_timestamplue ensemble from the aforementioned video. Could you please finally end my misery. Thank you, Rob White

“Rob, the great irony to your question is that I have kept almost all my clothes except the two you have mentioned. Both of these were in the same wardrobe trunk that was lost, many years ago, at the end of the 1980s. Sadly, I have no idea where those pieces are, though I can tell you they were designed to my personal specification, from rough sketches I made and photos I’d found of other clothes to be used as reference. Our wardrobe person at the time made the outfit – Kerry, who was from Australia. Nick”


Video Concept Change

November 15th, 2019

Dear Katy,  This one is for Nick or JT :  Is there any Duran video clip you want to change the concept ? Thank You, Dian

“If there is one ending to a video I would like to change it would be this: at the end of “Falling Down.” I would NOT have our heroine drink again, after all that rehab, I would have her stay sober. It was a change the director made at the 11th hour and I was most unhappy about it…JT”


Sposero Simon Le Bon

October 13th, 2019

Hi Simon, I wondered, after reading a Collector’s Corner from last year, if you ever read the book or saw the movie “Sposero Simon Le Bon,” and if so, what did you think of it? Cam

“Hi Cam. I didn’t see the movie, I didn’t read the book, but I do care about it because I find it immensely flattering that someone wanted to marry me! I actually met the girl who wrote it but alas, she was too late. I was already married. It was, and is, an amusing episode in mine and the band’s career. s”


Jitters on Stage

September 12th, 2019

Hi Katy! I play guitar in a local band and I always get these terrible bouts of stage fright before a gig . I was wondering if any of the guys could give me some pointy tips about managing my nerves onstage.Thanks a bunch, Julio Rodriguez, Madrid (Spain)

“Hi Julio, I’ve been lucky not to be plagued by nerves before show tho I do get an adrenaline rush that most performers get before going on stage. I think if you are confident in what you’re doing then there is really nothing to worry about . Audiences are very forgiving even if you make mistakes. I’ve been on stage many times when things have not gone perfectly but they’ve often gone on to be the best shows, so relax and enjoy it! Nick”


JT Remembers “Timeslip” (or does he?)

August 17th, 2019

Hello I am emailing you to see if you can possibly and perhaps kindly help with my query I watched the TV show called “Timeslip” the block which was made by Yorkshire TV back in 1985 and featured John Taylor from Duran Duran as a computer hacker. My main query is if someone can please ask Mr. Taylor about any background information relating to to the programme as I would be extremely grateful for his time anything considered including where the location filming took place and also any trivial information on the making of it. Yours faithfully, Carl Lord.

“It was such a long tome ago! I forget how I was approached about doing ‘Timeslip’. Like so many ‘extra-curricular’ gigs, it seemed like a good idea until I found myself actually doing it, practically clueless (or at least hating my hair).

Has anyone seen ‘Once Upon a time in Hollywood’? It’s the true story of two glam rock obsessed teenagers who started their own band, becoming 80s pop idols and dodgy actors 😉”