June 20, 2010
John Taylor's 50th Birthday: 10 Musical Thoughts
Awhile back I declared it my new mission to bring Duran Duran to the Pop Children of the world. Today is John Taylor's 50th birthday. To celebrate this uber-important milestone, here are 10 musical thoughts about John and Duran Duran.
1 I love John's Obama campaign video. Especially how he says Bare-ack Obama.
2 Best Duran Remix? Come Undone (La Fin de Siecle) is GORGEOUS. Slowed down into a monolithic Bond-ish ballad. It's on iTunes, as is almost ALL their work.
3 Best Duran Duran smash hit no one knows? Serious. Note I am obsessed with John Taylor smiling in the video at minute 2:06 (and shown above). He is so... twinkly.
4 Saddest Duran Duran song? Michael You've Got A Lot To Answer For. Heartbreaking song about Michael Hutchence. Ironic to this post, John had no involvement in this song.
5 My favorite Notorious song not on Notorious. It's a b-side called We Need You. The reissue of Notorious in September will have the song, which is on iTunes now.
6 Duran recently did a round table (again, minus John, booyouwhores) where they answered fan questions. They talk a lot about the forthcoming Mark Ronson-produced CD, but no details yet
7 A must-see video from a Duran perspective and music biz perspective: The Duran documentary (1987) Three To Get Ready - it's totally worth the hour-plus it takes to watch on youtube. It's more poignant to watch now, knowing that John is correct in the film to be worrying that the band is no longer topping the charts.
8 A few John facts: His name is Nigel John Taylor. He has an 18 yr old daughter named Atlanta (Amanda de Cadenet is her mom and here are more pics of her). He has a big overbite that, in America, someone would've forced him to fix and thus damaged the JT charm.
9 People forget that John actually left Duran Duran in 1997ish for two albums (technically he is on Medazzaland, but barely). He returned when Andy Taylor returned and he remains today.
10 Finally, why has no one ever covered New Religion? It's epic. Penguin Prison should take it on.
John, during his Duran hiatus, singing and SMILING V. NICELY:
Here is John talking about the first Duran Hits album, looking very glamourboy:
Last word: John just did a birthday blog .