Duran Duran's John Taylor has blogged last week about the recording of their new album with Mark Ronson producing. At the end of the post, he could not resist a dig against Justin Timberlake and Timbaland:
Stay tuned for the statement where John says, "You took that the wrong way!" I actually really like Red Carpet Massacre (hear it at LastFM). I just think it was marketed poorly. Wrong single and too much emphasis on the producers rather than the band. Let's hope they learn from that and don't overdo the Ronson Ronson Ronson chatter. Mark is similar to Timbaland in that he is associated with a very specific sound that seems quite un-Duran. Here is a pic of them in the studio. All will be revealed, all will be revealed.
Mark seems intent on delivering the DD album the fans have wanted for years. One that has the drive and freshness of the first few albums, that is quintessentially hip, without sacrificing any of the hard-earned personality and character of the musicians, something which sadly was lost when Timbaland and Timberlake were in the house. So Mark has me playing, and Roger playing, and Nick playing, hotter and harder than we have in years.
While we await that album, EMI is re-releasing The White Album of my own youth, a 2-disc edition of Rio in June.
John Taylor I Do What I Do To Have You:
"Is my body heat the right intensity?"