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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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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 b 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 😉”

Fan Fave Surprise?

July 12th, 2019

Katy, Has the band ever been surprised by the songs that have turned into fan favourites? (say, for example, songs like “New Religion” or “Salt in the Rainbow”). Cheers, Sian C.

“What is interesting is how different songs have become more popular in different countries or even different cities. I think most things from the RIO album are easy to understand because enough of our audience are familiar with those tracks. But sometimes, when we try to play slightly more obscure album tracks, it is hard to make them work because, of course, the majority of our audience would still prefer hear songs which they are more familiar with. We always try to strike a balance. “New Reigion” and “Friends of Mine” made a recent return on the last shows we played in America… The Band”

Simon & the Stones

June 14th, 2019

Hi Simon! I know about your love for The Rolling Stones. I’m a big fan of this band. I wonder if you was considering reworking one of their songs on the album Thank you. Do you ever think of some kind of cover from Stones in the future? Which song would you choose? Juraj, Bratislava, Slovakia

This is a tough question Juraj.

Covering a Rolling Stones song is not something to be undertaken lightly; especially if you’re as big a fan of the band as I am. The problem is that most of them, the songs that is, are untouchable. This is mainly because the original versions are SO great, it would ge very difficult to come close to them.

We live in an age of many covers. And I tell you what – most of them are CRAP!
Having said all that, I have to admit, one if these days I might have a go at something like ‘Ruby Tuesday’. Or wait for it … ‘As Tears Go By’


Up the Villa!

May 26th, 2019

For Roger…What are your thoughts about the upcoming Championship Playoff Final coming up next Monday? What are your feelings about AstonVilla’s chance to return to the Premier League after a long absence? Also, will you be attending the match at Wembley? Cheers, RK

Hi Richard,

Yes, will most definitely be there with 3 generations of the Taylor family.

With no disrespect to Derby, I’m feeling that we are in the right place at the right time this year and if all goes well, we will be playing Premier League football next season. However, the game still has to be played, and the one of the great things about football is that anything can happen … it should be an almighty clash. They say ‘cometh the hour, cometh the man’ …I’m hoping that certain man will be our very own ‘Super Jack’

Up the Villa!

As The Lights & Arcadia Art

May 13th, 2019

Ok so I’ve been doing this since 1981! And just noticed the similarities??? Hit me with a brick. It took me this long??? Was this done on purpose? Thanks, David

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The band says: “A very curious observation…the original artwork for SO RED THE ROSE, and all the products for Duran Duran from 1981-1985, was done by Malcolm Garrett – hence the obvious similarities in style!

The new package for the Record Store Day version of AS THE LIGHTS GO DOWN would have been appropriated from Malcolm’s style (original designs). We would imagine the graphic designer in charge of this new release referenced all of Malcolm’s work previously related to this project and it certainly looks as if he/she took a quick look at Arcadia too!”

“Playing For Keeps” single questions

April 13th, 2019

Dear Katy, The Arcadia track “Say The Word” (Theme for ‘Playing For Keeps’) seems to have been recorded later than the SO RED THE ROSE album…was it a track they adapted for the PFK soundtrack or was it specifically written and recorded for the movie ? Did Roger drum on it, and if he didn’t drum on it – who did ? Yours rhythmically, IzzY World

“The song “Playing for Keeps” was mostly recorded at the same time as the rest of the SO RED THE ROSE album…it was a B-Side, and was originally called “Annie’s War.” While Nick and Simon don’t remember if that version of the song still exists, when they were asked to contribute a song to the soundtrack of PLAYING FOR KEEPS they decided to adapt that piece of music. At that point, the lyric was changed to “Say the Word.” Neither Nick or Simon believe that Roger played the drums on this particular track, they believe it was Steve Jordan. Katy”

“Friends Of Mine” video laugh

March 12th, 2019

Hi Katy,…I’ve been wondering for years & not knowing if this question already answered, so here it is : In the “Friends of Mine” video the band playing cards & acts cool as ever but suddenly in the end they all lose it and laughing uproariously at Simon. Why? What happened? –please tell us …It’s so unexpected & adorable seeing the band that way! Thank You, DIAN

“Hi Dian. The footage you’re talking about was shot for a British TV show and it was never an ‘official’ video. Unfortunately, the band can’t remember what game they were playing, who won, or what it is they were laughing about. Sorry! Katy”