JOHN TAYLOR – I’m always a bit nervous and excited about new collaborations. I don’t know if they were… I doubt it!
NICK RHODES – There was a palpable sense of excitement in the room, it was perfumed with adrenaline and nervous energy. At first, things moved as slowly as a chess match, everyone acting with great caution, but once the foreplay was over, we gathered in the control room and I said to Timbaland ‘So, have you got a beat to play for us?’.
JOHN TAYLOR – Exactly. It’s a cool phrase that seems to tap into the zeitgeist.ROGER TAYLOR – We liked the juxtaposition of the words in a paradoxical way…
SIMON LE BON – The tabloids were absolutely fucking ripping the Hollywood A-listers to shreds with these comments about what they were wearing, and I just thought, ‘God, they’ve been massacredl’ The lyrics just came to me. It’s a fantasy of evening dresses, cleavage, sexy chicks, having them fighting each other, pulling each other’s hair. That’s my fantasy. Breasts and a little bit of blood spatter!
SIMON LE BON – Everything we do has to have class, be meaningful, and above all make you dance and want to have sex. On one level we’re a really experimental band, and this is one of our most important albums.
JOHN TAYLOR – We have to keep it interesting for ourselves. It is constantly challenging.
NICK RHODES – We were huge fans of Justin’s first album, I think it was about as perfect as a pop record can be. And I loved what Timbaland had done with Missy Elliott in the past. It just seemed like a good fit for us. And then we all happened to have a few days in New York to get together and see what we came up with.
ROGER TAYLOR – It was very important.
JOHN TAYLOR – And just as important to our record label!
NICK RHODES – The experiment worked. Duran Duran rode the Timbaland express; we merged, cross-pollinated and created the genesis of a new sound for us all!
ROGER TAYLOR – No… but I think they like the new album…
JOHN TAYLOR – We knew how good these guys were, they just confirmed it!
NICK RHODES – We’ve never been bound by rules. Many of our most successful recordings were made with dance producers, particularly Nile Rodgers and the late Bernard Edwards, so working with Timbaland was a natural fit.
JOHN TAYLOR – It’s been very liberating.
ROGER TAYLOR – And we also get to play the hits in the second part of the show!
ROGER TAYLOR – Yes it’s true, maybe one day they will be released…
JOHN TAYLOR – We’d like them to see the light of day in some form one day, if only as an ‘official’ bootleg.
ROGER TAYLOR – Yes we do have some, it’s possible that they’ll be released one day.
JOHN TAYLOR – There’s a dozen maybe.. something might happen when one of us has lots and lots of time to get in and sort through everything!
ROGER TAYLOR – It will be filled by a session player as far as we can can see into the future…
JOHN TAYLOR – Dom Brown is our man!
ANDY TAYLOR IS WRITING HIS AUTOBIOGRAPHY FOR PUBLICATION NEXT YEAR, IS THAT A CAUSE FOR ANY NERVOUSNESS FROM ANY OF YOU? ANY SKELETONS THAT MIGHT GET RATTLED?
ROGER TAYLOR – Only his!
JOHN TAYLOR – Not at all. At this point everything is in the open as far as I’m concerned.
JOHN TAYLOR – Sure it does, but you mustn’t equate success with happiness.
ROGER TAYLOR – Our career is not really dependent on airplay or chart positions.
ROGER TAYLOR – It’s still important, but not as much…
JOHN TAYLOR – About seven out of ten!
JOHN TAYLOR – Christmas break, then plans to tour the US, Australia, Japan, the UK and Europe and I’m sure there will be a second single.
ROGER TAYLOR – We don’t know yet but probably ‘Niterunner’ or ‘Skin Divers’.
JOHN TAYLOR – Forever. Or we might quit after the next performance!
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