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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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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”

When Do You Write?

February 16th, 2019

Simon, I love your song lyrics! Do you write bits and pieces all the time or do you start when you’re getting ready for a new album? LucaStone

“I do write all the time, if I come up with a phrase I like I write it down. Sometimes I can go months without coming up with an idea but as we get closer to the recording process, I turn my attention to lyrical ideas song titles, subject matters in preparation. WHOOOSH s”

S.O.S for “Union of the Snake”

January 15th, 2019

Hi Katy, Here’s one that I’ve been wondering about for a long time….On “Union of the Snake” just before the final chorus, there are some high pitched notes which don’t appear in any of the other bridges. It sounds like three short notes, three longer and three shorter again – is this an ‘SOS’ and was that Nick’s intention when he played it? Thanks,Stephen

“Wow! Well done Stephen! It was absolutely based upon morse code and I thought no one would ever notice. Good job! NR”

DD Special Editions

December 21st, 2018

Those Special Edition CD/DVD’s that the band put out for the first five albums were amazing! Do the boys plan to release these same Special Editions for their remaining albums? Adam P. Cray

“Hello Adam, we have always tried to meticulous about our packaging and especially re-packaging wherever we do control the releases. Regarding CDs, as the format is now fading, it is unlikely that record labels will do many special editions. In fact, vinyl is much more likely at this stage. Personally, I still love beautiful products. Even though the world consumes most music digitally now, there is nothing quite like a records so I am at least happy this format is growing in popularity again , particularly amongst audiophiles. Nick”

Sting on “The Promise”

November 21st, 2018

I have question for Simon Nick and Roger for Arcadia. How did you guys get Sting to sing background vocals on your album Arcadia. Robert

“Simon and Nick had set up residence in Paris to make the Arcadia album and many artists came through to perform. It so happened that Sting was coming to play a show, which they attended, and thought it would be interesting to have him come and sing on the album. They liked the sound of Simon and Sting’s voice together on the Band Aid single, and wanted to see what would come of putting them together again. Sting was incredibly gracious about it, and his contribution is actually one of their favorite moments on the record. Katy”

Favourite Video

October 15th, 2018

Simon, what was your fave Duran Duran video to film & why? Prowton

“It would definitely be….one of the Sri Lanka videos. It was such a trip. Take a bunch of kids from Whitley Bay, London and Birmingham…it was a different world! The sunshine, the people, the food, the music, the smells. It was so amazing just being there. That suite of three videos “Hungry like the Wolf,” “Save a Prayer” and “Lonely in Your Nightmare.” “

Why Japanese Post War Photography?

September 9th, 2018

I just finished reading about Nick`s Japanese Photo Documentary and in his answer he said that Post-War Japanese Photography was a subject that was close to his heart. I was wondering why that subject was close to his heart? Thank`s! Frannie Rhodes

From Nick: “My interest in Japanese photography began when I first saw photos from Dido Moriyama. I then started to discover many other extraordinary Japanese photographers whom I realized were mostly not so well known in the west. I am often drawn to Japanese aesthetic sense because it is so refined and different. It was also interesting to me as I learned more about the story how things paralleled between what was going on in Japan and the rest of the world post-war.”