Pop rock new wave. Chris Kimsey Duran Duran. The Encyclopedia of Popular Music 5th concise ed. Omnibus Press. The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4th ed. Select : Retrieved 5 September Trust the Process Official John Taylor website.
Australia's Music Charts — Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 January Retrieved 18 January — via American Radio History. My love of popular music really kind of grew after that, and Duran Duran were one of the only bands that, when they first came out, I loved their music. Chris Kimsey: There was something about the sound; just something about it all which was really new and different, enlightening and fun.
And the videos were cool, you know. They were all good-looking boys, and they were having fun. And Colin Thurston [producer of their debut] did a remarkable job creating that sound.
I met up with the boys and went out to see them live. I poured a bottle of Champagne over him and he got really pissed off.
I liked him a lot. There are some very slow, moody tracks on it, which are very, very good. What I find interesting is that the early hits to me seem very effortless. They were young, they had loads of great ideas, it was Nick Rhodes with two fingers on a synth and it sounds amazing. And then, once that wore off and they started to have to work a bit harder, as the s were turning into the 90s, there was a bit of a question mark over who they were.
Chris Kimsey: Well, they followed fashion, which is a mistake because fashion changes. After Nile, I think it got lost. And more likely they got lost, because they had been worked to death on the road — this is what normally happens — and had had no time to write. And then band members start abusing themselves or falling out with each other. And then that band changes into something else. And that signified the closing of a certain chapter, I think.
Trevor Horn once told me that the trick to having hits, as a producer, is to work with people that have hits! Chris Kimsey: The only records and people I get involved with are people that I respect as singers and songwriters. It was too late, I was already in it, and I realised this was going to be difficult. Not difficult, different. He kept writing about summer. Summer, summer, summer! The same thing happened with The Psychedelic Furs , actually, but with Richard [Butler] it was all about angels, angels, angels.
He needed to chill out a bit. Warren was amazing. But it was a different Duran Duran. I went down to a rehearsal and heard some songs — there were some, although it was a bit thin on the ground, but there was pressure from the record company to do an album.
Chris Kimsey: Oh, well, I did. Definitely with the lyrics, in a constructive way. I like to record everything live, pull everyone together, and then we replace whatever we need to replace afterwards. But I also like to record the vocalist, so the band are playing to the singer. I told him, that my friend Blue Weaver had a studio in Chiswick — keyboards everywhere — and I suggested he go over there, and do all his keyboards there, and then come back. But really, a lot of that should have been done before we started the album, so he had a list of the sounds he wanted to use.
But he ended up doing that in the studio. SDE: It does strike me, listening to the finished album, that they were going a little bit more in a rock direction? Chris Kimsey: I was getting lots of calls to work with people because of the work I had done with The Rolling Stones, basically.
I mean, with their sound, I brought a huge amount. Because I was left alone to do what I wanted to do, which was great. They paid for the rest of the album, but they sold it to Atlantic and it got to number one in America. So, I said, come on guys, get your tops off. So, they all took their tops off.
That broke the ice very well. So that really helped the group. SDE: I gather they very much wanted to try to write together, all five of them. But as a writing team, that was an untested situation…. Chris Kimsey: Exactly! But I knew where I was. I knew where they were. It was like, this is going to be difficult. I always said that. Chris Kimsey: This album reminds me of an album I did with Ash. It was a similar situation.
Charlotte Hatherley had just joined the band and they were in a position of not having many songs, but needing an album. But on that Ash album, there are two beautiful ballads. They should have been the singles, but they never were. The same with this. And I was so proud of it, and so proud of them too. It was a really difficult album, but what came out of it is that we stayed friends. He was talking about maybe going back in the band.
And then, Duran said they needed a space to write, and took a room at Sphere, so I saw them a lot. But those guys are the same all the time; I love them to bits. Chris Kimsey: No, it was the first time we used Sony track digital, which must have cost a fortune and it was time-consuming.
It sounded great, but you were advised to back it up every day. So god knows how much that album cost. SDE: And how much interference was coming from the record company during the recording of the album? Were you aware of them wanting to hear stuff? It was more management; the record company were just happy they were making an album [laughs].
The only point was that it was getting slower because Nick wanted more time to experiment, but as I said, he should have been doing that somewhere else. Chris Kimsey: … And then he brings it all back, and we put it back in, yeah. He hates brown. He hates anything beige or brown. Love him to bits. SDE: It sounds like the album was the product of the pressure that the record company was putting the band under?
But there are some good songs on there, it just the record company chose the wrong first single. Why was the band letting these decisions be made? Did they not have any gut instinct of what they thought was great or not?
I think maybe they were too close to it. Simon was under the biggest pressure of all, for writing lyrics. SDE: I always thought the title track was pretty good. That could have been a single, easily. You have that little piano riff in it which was reasonably trendy at the time.
I could remix this now and make it sound so much better. Actually, you know what? SDE: If they ever get around to reissuing this, that would be a good, fun job. Going back and doing a remix. Chris Kimsey: Yeah, this is an attempt at being cool.
Also, I can hear a lot of work has gone into that in mixing. Probably just drums and guitar, and then bits added on. And the vocal would have been more like the last thing we did. On the earlier albums he had that very silky-smooth pleasing-to-the-ear vocal tone. Warren is great, as is Nick, with the piano part and the breaks. I think this is the one we did when we were semi-naked, actually.
He would have searched a long time for that one. I absolutely love it. Really gorgeous. And from my part as the producer, as I said, I like capture it live and build it from there. A Diamond in the Mind: Live Categories : Duran Duran Discographies of British artists Pop music group discographies Rock music group discographies. Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history. Help Learn to edit Community portal Recent changes Upload file. Download as PDF Printable version.
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All Along the Water. My Antarctica. First Impression. They just take me back to that moment. Actually, what I like about that album is that the Liberty album - when we were rehearsing it, when we were writing it was gonna be a great album.
I really felt it was gonna be a great album. When we got in the studio I fell apart and the production just wasn't right. It turned out to be a very mediocre album, but at the demo stage, which is what that [bootleg] album is all about, I think there's a great album in there. Could have been great songs. All tracks are written by Duran Duran, except where noted. Duran Duran. Pop rock new wave. Chris Kimsey Duran Duran. The Encyclopedia of Popular Music 5th concise ed.Apart from the greatest-hits collection Decade, Big Thing was the lowest-charting Duran Duran album to date, prompting the band to rework its sound for 's grotbersjosthoddfessilk.idderremicawargazanpiekomsymplead.counately, the group has no idea what direction it wants to pursue. Liberty features everything from disco to guitar rock, adding elements of Motown, Philly soul, and new wave along the way.