Duran Duran have dropped to their knees in front of the altar of the Muso-Deity Mark Ronson and exclaimed loudly over the sound of a yacht engine that the producer-cum-everything may well have saved their ailing musical reputation.
According to Duran Durummer Roger Taylor, following the poor performance of their uncomfortably modern Red Carpet Massacre, the band saw their new album (slated for release on 21st December) as a ‘do or die’ release for the group most famous for hits like Rio, Girls on Film and the powerfully erotic Wild Boys.
In the same interview, Taylor comments on the luck of “falling in” with Ronson who took them by the hand and pointed out the blindingly obvious to them.
In the wake of Red Carpet Massacre, it seemed to be alien to Duran Duran to return to the values and production that had brought them success in the first place.
Roger Taylor says:
“We all knew it was a very important album for us, it was do or die actually.”
“After our last record didn’t perform that well, we thought, ‘The next one better be good, because it could be our last.’ Thank God that we fell in with Mark Ronson, who showed us the way.”
Instead of trying to keep the pace with useless Nevadan shitehawks The Killers, Mark pointed them in the direction of their 1982 LP ‘Rio’ as the basis for their old new material.
Working tirelessly, the band took their linen suits from the wardrobes, had the waists let out a little and got aboard the Duran Duryacht for weeks of intensive writing and 80s’ living which included eating Angel Delight and cocaine for every meal and swilling champagne while ceremonially kissing a portrait of Maggie Thatcher standing on the corpse of a miner.
After a while, Ronson’s speedboat caught up to the vessel and they had one hell of a wrap party with Le Bon and Ronson collaborating on ‘Record Collection’ the eponymous track from Ronson’s latest LP. It was a heady night and reminded the men of Duran Duran of the adoration that could await them in the New Year. Their thirst for success was back and they raced through the rest of the album and booked themselves in for a tour of 80s’ revival bars up and down the country.
Duran Duran have been revitalised by returning to the out-of-date synthprog that made their name. At gigs up and down the country, ladies of a certain age will scream so loud that they’ll need a new Tena Lady.
Duran Duran will be back and all it took was Mark Ronson, some angel delight and a massive yacht.