24.05.2013 – AN INTERVIEW WITH NICK RHODES OF DURAN DURAN
By Dixie Gong
This is not a comeback. This is a continuation. Duran Duran may have taken the bulk of Nick Rhodes’ attention (it’s been 35 years and he’s still at the helm of the band; in fact, they just performed at Cannes), but he’s always dabbled in other artistic pursuits. One such project has resurfaced after it was first recorded in the mid-nineties. TV Mania was an experimental album produced with then band member Warren Cuccurullo. Originally conceived as a musical, the album is an extraordinarily prescient account of the invasion of reality TV.… Read More
He was there at the beginning as new frontman Simon Le Bon took his place in the Birmingham band which would soon conquer the world.
Now former city DJ Graham Jenkins has recalled his memories of Duran Duran’s early days in this, the group’s 35th anniversary.
Graham, now 53, used to spin discs at Broad Street’s Rum Runner club, the venue where it all began for the band.
“I knew Nick Rhodes and John Taylor from school – we all grew up together in Hollywood,” he said.
“Nick got the New Romantic night going at the Rum Runner, but there wasn’t that much new music coming through.… Read More
DURAN Duran veteran Simon Le Bon will perform with Justin Timberlake’s producer Timbaland at Chime For Change’s gig at Twickenham Stadium tonight. Timbaland, 41, produced Duran’s last two albums, but has never played live with them.Headlined by Beyoncé, 31, the event is to promote women’s rights worldwide.
Simon, 54, enthused: “As the father of three determined daughters, I support the drive for equality worldwide.”
It’s no secret that I love Duran Duran, specifically lead singer Simon Le Bon.
But he may have just given me a new reason to love him.
This week, Le Bon said, “In the year which marks the centenary of the Suffragette Movement, I am excited to be a performer at the Twickenham CHIME FOR CHANGE show this Saturday. As a man, raised by a strong, inspirational woman, and the father of three determined daughters, I unreservedly support women’s rights and the drive for equality world wide. So prick up your ears, because Chime is coming to town.”
And the feminist in me tingled.… Read More
Simon Le Bon To Perform With Timbaland At The Sound Of Change Live Concert Twickenham Stadium on June 1May 30th, 2013
Simon Le Bon To Perform With Timbaland At The Sound Of Change Live Concert Twickenham Stadium on June 1
Presented by CHIME FOR CHANGE, Founded by Gucci
London 30 May 2013: It was announced today that Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon will join his friend Timbaland for a special performance at Saturday’s ‘THE SOUND OF CHANGE LIVE CONCERT’ presented by CHIME FOR CHANGE.
Simon Le Bon said: “In the year which marks the centenary of the Suffragette Movement, I am excited to be a performer at the Twickenham CHIME FOR CHANGE show this Saturday. As a man, raised by a strong, inspirational woman, and the father of three determined daughters, I unreservedly support women’s rights and the drive for equality world wide.… Read More
CAP D’ANTIBES, France With an apt rendition of “Gold-finger,” singing legend Shirley Bassey roused celebrity-revelers to dig deep into their pockets at the 20th amfAR gala in the Cap D’Antibes Thursday, helping to raise an estimated $25 million for AIDS research.
The British-born singer was one of several performers including Duran Duran who sang at the gold-themed auction event nearby the Cannes Film Festival, hosted by actress Sharon Stone, and held at the French Riviera’s exclusive Hotel Du Cap over-looking the sea. The annual amfAR gala has for two decades attracted the film and fashion industries’ rich and powerful – and this year was no exception, with movie mogul Harvey Weinstein – perhaps the Hollywood equivalent of the Midas touch – Leonardo DiCaprio, Jessica Chastain, Janet Jackson, Milla Jovovich and Goldie Hawn sitting side by side.… Read More
amfAR’s CINEMA AGAINST AIDS XX BREAKS ALL RECORDS – RAISES $25 MILLION FOR RESEARCH TO FIGHT HIV/AIDS AND FIND A CUREMay 24th, 2013
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amfAR’s CINEMA AGAINST AIDS XX BREAKS ALL RECORDS – RAISES $25 MILLION
FOR RESEARCH TO FIGHT HIV/AIDS AND FIND A CURE
EVENT SPONSORED BY BOLD FILMS, LOVEGOLD, and BANK JULIUS BAER
For event photos and video footage, visit www.epklink.com/amfAR2013
CANNES, FRANCE May 24, 2013— A trip to space with Leonardo DiCaprio, a private performance by legendary rock icons Duran Duran, and a family portrait sitting with Annie Leibovitz: these were just a few of the items sold at amfAR’s most financially successful event to date. Cinema Against AIDS XX exceeded all expectations, raising nearly $25 million in a single night, helping amfAR in its continued fight against HIV/AIDS.… Read More
Alternative rock is often associated with the ‘90s grunge movement, when Nirvana’s Nevermind took center stage, leaving ‘80s hair metal trends in the dust. But, of course, the alternative music experience really started in the late-‘70s and ‘80s, when college radio embraced pretty much anything that mainstream radio wouldn’t—and that was a lot.
In honor of the pioneering bands that helped pave the way for the alternative sound, Gibson.com presents 10 Great Classic Alternative Rock Bands. What were your favorite early noise-makers? Give us your picks in the comments section below!
“Hungry Like the Wolf” hit-makers Duran Duran brought New Wave to the masses, largely thanks to MTV.… Read More
Duran Duran Unstaged, a live concert film directed by David Lynch (Dune, Twin Peaks) is set to premiere during this month’s Cannes Market.
The visually-directed concert footage featuring multimedia integration originally premiered live on Duran Duran’s Vevo channel March 23, 2011 and featured guest appearances by Gerard Way, Beth Ditto and more. The version set to premiere at Cannes is a never-before-seen director’s cut of the film.
Watch a video of ex-My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way performing “Planet Earth” with the band, below:
Duran Duran’s 2011 concert film, which was directed by David Lynch, has become one of the first big success stories of this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Arclight Films executives have snapped up the international rights to Duran Duran Unstaged and plan to launch it during the festival in France, which began on Wednesday.
The band was filmed by the Twin Peaks director performing at the Mayan Theatre in Los Angeles as part of an online concert streaming initiative. The footage aired the same night as the gig, but it has not been seen since.
Arclight Films managing director Gary Hamilton tells WENN, “We’re honored to be representing this unique film, and working with such an incredible team of entertainment industry professionals, whose artistic endeavors have had such a profound effect on people all over the world.… Read More
British secret agent James Bond made his first appearance in American theaters 50 years ago Wednesday in Dr. No. Here are some of the most memorable moments of 007’s half century on the silver screen:
1964: After cast and crew discover actress Shirley Eaton in her trailer dead and covered in gold paint, they decide to work it into the script and just go with it
1966: Bond puts too much detergent in the washing machine, turning his bachelor pad into one big, soapy mess
1967: Joey Heatherton makes her Bond debut as Swedish double agent Blood-Engorged Clitoris
1969: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service becomes the first Bond film to employ a gun as a weapon, as opposed to the crossbows used exclusively in the first five films
1977: The latest movie opens with an innovative credits sequence featuring dancing silhouettes and the film’s title projected onto the naked body of Roger Moore
1979: Q shows Bond his latest invention, The Wacky Wobbler
1985: Bond travels the world as security for Duran Duran
2006: Daniel Craig is cast as 007 after being the only one to show up to audition
Mad Men, The Book Of Mormon and the Star Walk app: What moves Nick Rhodes Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/event/article-2321462/Mad-Men-The-Book-Of-Mormon-Star-Walk-app-What-moves-Nick-Rhodes.html#ixzz2TGqDoIGG Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on FacebookMay 14th, 2013
Duran Duran’s keyboard whizz on why his favourite album has a banana on the front – and Batman was a closet New Romantic
I first saw 2001: A Space Odyssey on TV in the 1970s when I was in my teens, and it blew my mind. I saw it again at the cinema a few years later, and it’s one of those films that’s really worth watching on a big screen. I’ve always loved anything vaguely futuristic, and Stanley Kubrick was about as good a film-maker as there has ever been when it comes to taking existing material, in this case an Arthur C Clarke short story, and making it into a great movie.… Read More
Duran Duran bassist John Taylor headlines conference on how to recover from addiction, and says abstinence-based rehab is the key to recovery:
“Everyone who needs it should have access to rehab,” John Taylor urges
“In a perfect world, I would like everyone to have access to the kind of rich, emotionally educative experience that I had in rehab,” explained John Taylor as he prepared to speak at the 3-day 10th UK/European Symposium on Addictive Disorders on Thursday, May 9th, in London. “Given the challenges for many young people in our society, some of whom come from single-parent homes, or environments where there are often drug and alcohol problems already, the offer of an education about the self, and the whys and hows that can lead to bad behavioural choices seems to be a good idea.… Read More
Birmingham-born musician describes group therapy which saved him at conference on addictive disorders
Birmingham-born Duran Duran bass player John Taylor has spoken of his battle against alcohol, describing it as a ‘disease’.
The 52-year-old superstar, who sold more than 80 million albums during his glittering career, suffered from addictions as he coped with his rise to fame.
Taylor, who grew up in Hollywood, Birmingham, attended Abbey High School in Redditch.
In 1978 along with Nick Rhodes and Steven Duffy, he formed Duran Duran whole at School of Foundation Studies & Experimental Workshop Birmingham Polytechnic, which is now Birmingham City University.
Talking about how he overcame his addictions, Taylor has revealed that group therapy was the key.… Read More
Way back in 1996, when the Interweb was scarcely more than a jumble of ones and zeroes, visionary Duran Duran keyboardist Nick Rhodes and Warren Cuccurullo, who was Duran Duran’s guitarist at the time, started a surprisingly prophetic experimental/electronic side-project called TV Mania. It took 17 long years, but finally TV Mania’s first proper album, Bored With Prozac and the Internet?, got an official release this year–and the music’s sonics and subject matter resonate even more now than they would have during the 1990s’ startup era. A pastiche- and loop-heavy concept album about a pharmaceutical- and video-game-addicted family that “gives away their freedom to scientists in exchange for reality show fame,” TV Mania’s Bored… is anything but boring, and it sounds shockingly of-the-moment in 2013.… Read More
In the back of a lavish recording suite in Battersea Studios, Nick Rhodes is lounging comfortably on a plush leather sofa. Fresh-faced and sharp-suited, you’d not have thought the 50 year old founder of Duran Duran spent the night prior celebrating the opening of Bei Incubi, his latest exhibition of photography in The Vinyl Factory Chelsea. The exhibition grew out of a collection of snaps taken as sample artwork for his recently released LP TV Mania. Recorded in the mid-Nineties, TV Mania was recorded in partnership his band-mate Warren Cuccurullo. It’s ruminations on the reality TV behemoth have proven remarkable prescient.… Read More
Simon Le Bon sailed with Magnus Olsson on board Drum in the 1985-86 edition of the race. Le Bon has sent The Volvo Ocean race website a personal tribute to his smiling Swedish friend, who died on April 20 at the age of 64.
A musician and the owner of the maxi yacht Drum, Le Bon was participating in the Fastnet with skipper Skip Novak when the boat lost her keel and capsized.
Before being rescued, the crew members were trapped underwater, inside the hull, for 40 minutes.
Despite the accident, the Duran Duran singer went on to complete what was then the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1985-86, with Magnus Olsson, his ‘flat footed friend’, among the crew.… Read More
All the best rock stars are multi-dimensional. Ron Wood is a painter, Lenny Kravitz is an interior designer, Ozzy is a philosopher…and Duran Duran drummer Roger Taylor is a rather fashionable DJ. Of course, you remember him from such Simmons-drum-pad-driven classics as “Girls on Film” and “The Reflex”. But in the ’90s he took to the decks and never looked back, even scoring a UK top ten dance hit with “Love is Like Oxygen.” In between Duran Duran regroupings, he trots the globe, spending a lot of time, naturally, in Ibiza, and holding a regular residency and London’s Met Bar. With gigs this week at Chicago’s SpyBar (25th) and the Top of the Standard in New York (27th), we managed to sit him still for a chat.… Read More
Duran Duran On TV Mania & The Album That Took 16 Years to Release
by Stephanie Chase
24 April 2013
Trust members of Duran Duran to record an album so innovative, it would be 16 years till it became mainstream…
Imagine making an album set in the future then losing it, only to discover it 16 years later when the future it foretold is happening. As strange as it sounds this is what happened to Duran Duran keyboardist Nick Rhodes and their former guitarist Warren Cuccurullo, collectively known as TV Mania. Their album Bored with Prozac and the Internet? has finally been released, 16 years after it was recorded, back then they were ahead of their time both musically and in envisioning what the future would be like.… Read More
To follow are links to media from John’s recent visit to Denmark to promote “In the Pleasure Groove.” For translation, try copying and pasting link in Google CHROME browser.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame vote: Duran Duran takes it all
By Tony Hicks and Jim Harrington
The readers have spoken. And they say that, out of 32 acts that have been so far snubbed by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Duran Duran is most worthy to be inducted next.
You fans were hungry for the Rock Hall. Like wolves.
Yes, those uber-fashionable, 1980s art school boys from Britain have won our Rock and Roll Hall of Fame challenge, beating fellow British finalist Depeche Mode 14,409 votes (54 percent) to 12,384.
What does this mean? Will this sway the real members of the induction committee at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?… Read More
The following is media John will be doing will in Copenhagen promoting the Danish release of his book, In The Pleasure Groove: Love, Death & Duran Duran. along with his signing on April 17th at 6 pm at Tranquebar, Borgergade 14, Copenhagen
Go’morgen Danmark - Air date: April 17th
P7 Radio interview with Nicolai Molbech – Air date TBA
MetroXpress interview [free daily newspaper] – Run date TBA
BT Newspaper interview – Run date TBA
Pop FM radio interview – Air date TBA
Gaffa [Largest music magazine in Denmark] – Run date TBA
HER&NU [Weekly celebrity magazine] – Run date TBA
Liv Magazine – July issue
Ekstra Bladet [magazine and online] – Run date TBA
The Sounds Of Planet Earth: Nick Rhodes Of Duran Duran’s Favourite Albums
John Freeman , April 15th, 2013 08:16
As his long-standing side-project TV Mania finally releases an album, Bored With Prozac And The Internet?, Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes reveals the 13 albums that changed his perceptions about music
“I was horrified when I saw the email come through asking whether I would choose 13 albums.” Nick Rhodes, keyboard player and one of the original members of Duran Duran, is experiencing the very common reaction to our Baker’s Dozen concept. “It’s impossible – I could choose 13 David Bowie albums,” he says and I, for one, believe him.… Read More
If you missed John Taylor on the David Bowie “Let’s Dance” 30th Anniversary Special on Absolute Radio, you can listen to the whole thing HERE.
Let’s Dance: 30th Anniversary
Over on Absolute 80s… An hour-long documentary celebrating the 30th anniversary of Bowie’s biggest selling album, Let’s Dance.
8.00pm on Sunday, 14 April 2013
9.00pm on Sunday, 14 April 2013
on Absolute 80s
Featuring commentary from Duran Duran’s John Taylor, Bob Clearmountain, Nile Rodgers and many others!
You showed us your best looking threads! See who the winners are for our rumble in honor of TV Mania’s Nick Rhodes and Warren Cuccurullo, both of the famed band Duran Duran, and their first record!
Sorry to keep your on your toes as Nick and Warren were busy choosing their top picks! We couldn’t stop looking through all the Beautiful Clothes for this fashion-themed rumble.
A BIG congratulations to our grand prize winner:
She wins our awesome grand prize package:
An autographed TV Mania ‘Bored with Prozac and The Internet?’ gatefold vinyl
Digital download of TV Mania’s ‘Bored with Prozac and The Internet?’
A signed photo of Nick Rhodes and Warren Cuccurullo
A TV Mania t-shirt featuring the artwork of Vania Zouravliov
A metal edition La Sardina camera of your choice!… Read More
Listeners’ top 10 albums of all time also features Keane and Duran Duran alongside Pink Floyd and The Rolling StonesApril 1st, 2013
In a move that will stun many musical purists but will surprise few who read the playlists for Radio 2, Coldplay’s A Rush Of Blood To The Head has been named the favourite album of all time by the BBC station’s listeners.
The group, whose output was famously described by former Creation Records boss Alan McGee as “bedwetters’ music”, beat The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – regularly at top of best album lists – into eighth place in the poll.
Coldplay’s winning album, which features hits such as Clocks, In My Place and The Scientist, was their second LP and topped the chart when it was released in 2002.… Read More
Today we unveil the results of Part 2 of our year-long Best of the ’80s feature, an ambitious, year-by-year poll of Slicing Up Eyeballs’ readers to determine just what were the best albums of each year of the 1980s — and then, when that’s all said and done at the end of 2013, we’ll run a monster best-of-the-decade poll to hash out the overall champs.
For the 1981 poll, we received nearly 25,000 total votes naming more than 200 different albums, with the top five vote-getters more than 1,000 votes apiece. We’ve also got our first tie in the Top 10, with Siouxsie and the Banshees and The Go-Go’s earning the same number of votes to each finish No.… Read More
BBC radio listeners have chosen British band Coldplay’s second album as their favourite record of all time.
A Rush Of Blood To The Head, released in 2002, beat the likes of Pink Floyd and The Beatles to top the Radio 2 poll.
DJ Jo Whiley revealed the winner on Monday afternoon following a countdown of the favourites throughout the day.
The poll was held to tie in with the recent BBC season, The Golden Age of the Album.
A Rush Of Blood To The Head, which includes hits such as Clocks and The Scientist, topped the charts in 2002 and sold more than 2.8 million copies in the UK.… Read More
Duran Duran fans are “Hungry Like the Wolf” for their favorite band to get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
In the second round of our contest to see which previously snubbed act most deserves to be enshrined, readers overwhelmingly voted that Duran Duran needs to be in the hall. The classic British new wave band received a staggering 6,476 nods of approval, by far the most of any act in this recently concluded round of 16.
Duran Duran knocked out Iron Maiden, which, had the second highest vote tally of any act — 4,007.
Next up for Duran Duran is Devo — in a matchup of the top vote getters of the second and first rounds, respectively.… Read More
Duran Duran vs. Hall & Oates: You Never Leave Junior High School
By Suzi Parker on March 26, 2013
The other day I got in a fight with a hipster.
Okay, not an actual fight, but an intensely heated argument about Hall & Oates versus Duran Duran. If someone had told me in 1983 that I would have to defend my all-time favorite band against Hall & Oates, I would have laughed all the way to the record store.
Not the case in 2013.
The 26-year-old hipster showed up the local brew pub that I have been patronizing since Nirvana was on the charts.… Read More
Nick Rhodes (keyboardist for Duran Duran and TV Mania) discusses “Bei Incubi,” his exhibit of Polaroid photos at the Vinyl Factory, which coincided with the release of the TV Mania album, “Bored with Prozac and the Internet?”
Director: Gavin Elder
Exhibition runs March 8th thru April 5th
At Vinyl Factory
www.tvmaniamusic.com… Read More
Q&A: Musician Nick Rhodes Duran Duran’s synth maestro talks about his life, his music, James Bond, Facebook, Kajagoogoo and much moreMarch 26th, 2013
Nick Rhodes (b 1962) is a founding member of the group Duran Duran. Their synthesizer player and driving force, he is the sole member to have been in every incarnation of the band. Duran Duran started in Birmingham in 1978 when Rhodes was only 16, a post-punk synth-pop act indebted to Roxy Music and David Bowie. The other members were singer Simon le Bon, bassist John Taylor, drummer Roger Taylor, and guitarist Andy Taylor, although Stephen “Tin Tin” Duffy was frontman for the first year of their existence.
Duran Duran became known as leaders of the New Romantic movement, famed for their flamboyant clothes and make-up.… Read More
An exhibition celebrating the career of David Bowie has now become the Victoria & Albert Museum’s fastest-selling event to date.
Comprised of more than 300 objects spanning his 50 year career, the exhibit includes hand-written lyrics, costumes, photographs, film, music videos, set designs and album artwork. Unfortunately David Bowie himself was not in attendance but both Nick and Simon – and a host of others – attended the opening night event on Tuesday. Nick has shared some of his personal photos, below.
Mick Rock, Ken Scott, Nick Rhodes
Nick Rhodes, Ken Scott, Simon Le Bon
Nick Rhodes, Tilda Swinton
The exhibit runs through August.… Read More
“Euphoria” from TV Mania’s Bored with Prozac and the Internet?
Directed by Jean Renard & Dutch Rall
It must be the (Ziggy) stardust! Bowie retrospective becomes the V&A’s fastest selling exhibition EVERMarch 20th, 2013
An exhibition celebrating David Bowie’s career has become the Victoria & Albert Museum’s fastest-selling event to date.
More than 300 objects spanning his 50 years in showbusiness have been brought together for the first time, including hand-written lyrics, costumes, photographs, film, music videos, set designs and album artwork.
The museum in South Kensington, London, has been given unprecedented access to the David Bowie Archive for the exhibition, which opens this weekend and runs until August 11.
It showcases seminal items such as the Ziggy Stardust bodysuits from 1972 designed by Freddie Burretti, music videos such as Boys Keep Swinging and set designs created for the Diamond Dogs tour in 1974.… Read More
The long-lost TV Mania album Bored with Prozac and The Internet? has finally seen the light of day – a full 17 years after Nick Rhodes (pictured) of Duran Duran conceived it with former Duran Duran guitarist Warren Cuccurullo.
“We were busy recording a Duran album when Simon [Le Bon] hit a brick wall with the lyrics… which happens. So we thought we’d do something else,” says Rhodes. It comprises samples and lyrics snatched from television shows. When Rhodes presented it to the record company it was swiftly rejected.
“They were eager for a new Duran album, and I had brought them a patchwork quilt of samples.”
Rhodes is also exhibiting a collection of original photographs, Bei Incubi, in London, inspired by TV Mania’s new album.… Read More
Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes releases the long-shelved 1996 project TV Mania
By Lauren Salm
Once upon a time in the ever-evolving land of dance music, Duran Duran’s keyboardist and founding member Nick Rhodes, along with guitarist Warren Cuccurullo, had a vision of the future that presaged the antics of the dysfunctional family in The Truman Show. With this premonition, they created a soundtrack in the form of an album called TV Mania: Bored With Prozac and The Internet? Shortly after they completed the final mixes, the project was put on hold and subsequently lost (or so they thought) between Duran Duran’s fruitful ’90s output and a cluster of filed mixtapes.… Read More
Five album releases in March 2013 that you should know about!
REVIEWS/ LOGAN BRENDT
TV MANIA / BORED WITH PROZAC AND THE INTERNET?
release date: March 11, 2013
If you’re a long time Duran Duran fan, you’ll be interested in hearing what the eccentricity of Nick Rhodes has to offer as part of his project, TV Mania, with guitarist Warren Cuccurullo. Even though this album isn’t as melodic as Rhodes’ past project with Stephen Duffy ten years ago, under the name The Devils, it does deserve praise. The tracks consisting of interesting rhythms and vocal samples were composed in the mid-90s, which might be why the album’s theme can’t help but to remind you of Duran Duran’s song “Too Much Information” also from that era.… Read More
Q&A: Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes on Releasing His Long-Lost Side Project
Keyboardist misplaced 1996 concept album about fame-seeking family
By Barry Walters
March 11, 2013 11:15 AM ET
The history of rock is littered with legends of albums never quite completed. In the case of TV Mania: Bored With Prozac and the Internet?, longtime Duran Duran keyboardist Nick Rhodes and Warren Cuccurullo, guitarist for the band from 1986 to 2001, had actually finished their side project in 1996 before losing it entirely. Seventeen years later, this experimental, sample-heavy concept album has finally been released.
The only Duran Duran member to have weathered all of his band’s many personnel changes, Nick Rhodes, the 50-year-old musician born Nicholas Bates, spoke to Rolling Stone about making music about pop culture from within the belly of the beast.… Read More
The Vinyl Factory in Chelsea hosted Nick Rhodes’s first photography exhibition, Bei Incubi: Beautiful Nightmares, last night, inspired by Andy Warhol, David Lynch, S&M and horror movies.
It felt like a flashback to the Eighties with Simon Le Bon and Bryan Ferry in the crowd. Milliner Philip Treacy admitted being a Duran Duran fan. “I’ve been to all the concerts. Somehow they have managed not to become arseholes.” The party also honoured a new project from Rhodes. He’s made a soundrack album, TV Mania: Bored with Prozac, which he hopes to turn into a musical.
BEI INCUBI BY NICK RHODES
TEXT Mr. V
DURAN DURAN’S NICK RHODES PRESENTS HIS “BEAUTIFUL NIGHTMARES”—PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHS ON DISPLAY AT THE VINYL FACTORY CHELSEA IN LONDON
BEI INCUBI, which translates into “Beautiful Nightmares” opens today at the Vinyl Factory Chelsea in London. The show features 20 polaroids and more than 30 original photographs and prints by Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes, an accompaniment to his new concept album Bored With Prozac and the Internet? by his project TV Mania with former Duran member Warren Cuccurullo.
Got all that? The record, a conceptual soundtrack meant to evoke the ennui of today’s digital age, is built on a premonition of society that Rhodes and Cuccurullo had back in the nineties, in which voyeurism would be woven into the cultural fabric.… Read More
If Duran Duran was the most stylish band of the ’80s, keyboardist Nick Rhodes was the band’s esthete principale, pushing the envelope of style (over the years a head-swirling list of iconic designers from Versace to Dolce & Gabbana has created stagewear for the band) and following his multimedia muse into photography and other arts. To this day, Rhodes lives out the fashion-forward, style-conscious mix of art-for-art’s-sake and life-is-a-party credos that defined the UK New Romantic movement from which Duran Duran was born.
On a respite from band activities, the man who was once quoted as saying “I don’t do casual.… Read More
Duran Duran star Nick Rhodes invited his closest showbiz friends to help celebrate the launch of his Bei Incubi photography exhibition in London last night.
The ’80s icon hosted an exclusive after-party at Cassis in celebration of his Polaroid picture show at The Vinyl Factory in Chelsea, with Duran Duran bandmate Simon Le Bon and model wife Yasmin coming out to show their support.
They rubbed shoulders with the likes of singer Bryan Ferry, actor Gary Kemp, fashion designer Pam Hogg and milliner Philip Treacy at the keyboardist-turned-photographer’s bash.
The original photographic works have been put on display to celebrate the release of Nick’s forthcoming album, Bored With Prozac And The Internet?… Read More
TV MANIA PROMOTION SCHEDULE – AT THIS TIME MOST THE PROMOTION FOR SATURDAY, HAS BEEN POSTPONED. WE WILL UPDATE THE SITE WHEN THERE IS NEW INFORMATION AVAILABLE. YOU CAN STILL HEAR NICK LIVE WITH LIZ KERSHAW AT 14:30ON BBC6.
*please note that some of these times/dates may change. We will make updates and add in additions as we have them.
The Independent – Interview with Nick for Arts News section regarding BEI INCUBI exhibition. Run date TBA.
Absolute Radio – Interview with Nick. Air date April 7th.
Q Radio -Interview with Nick; Air date TBA
Interview Hub Radio – Interview with Nick; Air date TBA
Art Rocker – Interview with Nick; Run date TBA
Clash Magazine – Interview with Nick; Run date TBA
The Fly - Interview with Nick; Run date TBA
The Quietus – ‘Bakers Dozen’- Interview with Nick about his top 13 albums; run date TBA
The Arts Desk – Interview with Nick; Run date TBA
MNDR Team With Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes for TV Mania Remix
Rhodes and Warren Cuccurullo prep for March 11 release of ‘Bored with Prozac and the Internet?’
The idea behind Duran Duran keyboardist Nick Rhodes and the band’s former guitarist Warren Cuccurullo’s side project TV Mania was so prescient, it’s a little eerie: in the ’90s, the two began work on what they imagined to be the soundtrack to a television show about a family who traded their freedom for reality-TV fame. The concept will come to full fruition on March 11 with the release of their new album Bored with Prozac and the Internet?.… Read More
Malcolm Garrett discusses graphic design of Duran Duran’s RIO in new issue of Etapes magazine, FranceFebruary 25th, 2013
The latest issue of French design journal Etapes (211) has a special feature on the visual design of Duran Duran. In an interview that coincided with the 30th anniversary of ‘Rio’ Malcolm Garrett, the designer responsible for all of Duran’s packaging and merchandising between 1981 and 1986, discusses with writer Julian Morey how their often serendipitous relationship changed the face of music packaging and was part of a wider shift in the visual process that redefined the industry.
“When the illustration (by Patrick Nagel) arrived I didn’t just want to use it just as it was, I didn’t want to use the image ‘straight out of the tin’.… Read More
Welcome to another installment of Reissue Theory, where we focus on notable albums and the reissues they could someday see. Today, two decades after its release, we imagine an expanded edition of an album that sent an iconic ’80s band flying into the new decade – and back toward the top of the charts.
The bizarre narrative that seems to plague pop music is that, with each new decade, the trends of the last 10 years should be relegated to the past as soon as possible. The psychedelic sounds of the ’60s weren’t immediately swept away in the ’70s, but acts had to adapt considerably, lest they be drowned out by harder-edged rock, glam, disco and eventually punk rock.… Read More