I must concur with what DDHQ tweeted yesterday that Simon did not disappoint. He never really does – his Kafes are always entertaining for a multitude of reasons, and he was in an especially jovial mood on Monday. He opened the Kafe with mentioning that yes in fact he has about 98,000 followers on Twitter (DDHQ has almost 90,000 as I’m writing, yes – I checked.) This is apparently a source of great amusement for Simon and Katy, and unlike some more recent Kafes with other members of the band, it is very evident that Simon and Katy have a good time giving one another a hard time, which I admit – I enjoyed. (Granted, I was saying “Go Katy, Go…” but that’s just me.) I also loved that she gave Simon a good ribbing that she makes sure to keep the @duranduran Twitter updated several times each day (which is VERY true) and Simon comes around whenever the urge hits him. (Also incredibly true.) Simon said that he does try to come on once a day but sometimes it doesn’t happen. I just want to pipe up here and say that out of the entire band (I am looking squarely at you, John Taylor…and also YOU, Dom Brown…), Simon is truly the best on Twitter. Yes, I really did just say that. He *does* come on there and posts something fairly often, if it isn’t always daily. I know that as a fan, we appreciate that. It’s just nice to see that everyone is alive, doing well…and still at least appears to be somewhat interested even when there’s no new album to promote. Get my point?
So, as I mentioned on Monday, my psychic powers were telling me that the band was back in the studio. Ok, so I might have known that they were planning on going into the studio on that date…knowing that Mark Ronson will be joining them later in the month. Simon confirmed that yes, they gathered together on Monday, March 4th for the first time back in the studio. I’m sure chaos ensued because after six months – what really happens when you get back on the horse again? Katy asked Simon if he goes into the studio with a plan in mind – Simon’s first answer was “Yes, to make a hit record.” Then he quickly checked himself and said “No, really the idea is to make good music.” I was relieved. I don’t know about the band, but I think the last album was a gigantic success for them. Monetarily? I have no idea and its none of my business – but as musicians, artists and the idols I’ve always known them to be? Absolutely.
Simon spoke a bit on why he doesn’t like to explain the writing/recording process – he feels like the finished album is the important part. As a fan, I have to agree that the finished album is the most important part. That said, Katy mentioned that fans like hearing the background stories and things like that – and she’s right. However, I understand Simon’s point. As a writer – there’s no way I’d let people actually read my first drafts. Except for this blog…because this my friends, is always a first draft. *gasp*
The mustache. You knew he’d get around to it – and he did not disappoint. He is WELL-AWARE of how it has taken on a personality and life of its own. (along with it’s own Twitter account, which I rather enjoy) And, just as I’d suspected – Simon said that he “doesn’t give a fuck what people think.” I laughed. Loudly. While it is true, I’m not necessarily a fan (loved the beard but the mustache…??), I have to say – good for Simon, and spoken like a true stubborn Scorpio. (I should know – I’m a Scorpio too!) If I had to guess, I would say that the Simon-girls out there had better learn to embrace the facial hair….and if it continues to grow…it might end up embracing YOU! (<— worst joke yet on this blog) He says he likes that Wild West look.
Back on the album front – Mark Ronson arrives next week. Simon said that Mark will probably follow the ideas that the band has for this album and will just guide the band through them this time. He made sure to mention how wonderful it feels to work with someone that they all truly enjoy. He feels that while All You Need is Now is a tough act to follow, they can’t be intimidated. I can see how for some bands, that might be a problem, but Duran Duran seems to have no trouble going from one album to the next, closing one door, opening another, and continuing to add dimensions to their sound. I can hardly wait to see what comes next.
Katy brought up the retrospective of The Wedding Album, but interestingly enough they ended up talking more about Liberty. Simon said that they were disappointed that they didn’t get Liberty right so they knew The Wedding Album had to be done right, and he looks back on that time with “great fondness”. Katy mentioned that she didn’t think Liberty was all that bad (I would agree completely – there are great songs on that album that get overlooked), and Simon mentioned Venice Drowning, Serious, and Violence of Summer. (Katy feels that should come out of the closet – again, I totally agree. I think this would be fantastic to do live again.) Simon did not like First Impression though – and neither did I. I don’t know what it is about that song, but it doesn’t work for me unless I’m driving home from the Key Club up in Hollywood at like 2am and need to stay awake….another story for another blog…
Katy and Simon talked a little bit about the Oscars and some of the movies up for Best Picture, and interestingly enough – Simon had some rather strong words for Mr. Ben Affleck regarding Argo. In Argo – the point is made that the British don’t want to help out with the plan to get the hostages out of Iran, which is factually incorrect. There was some press regarding that when the movie first came out – I believe that it was done in order to “simplify” the storyline, but Simon is absolutely correct when he says that when you are creating a movie that is supposed to have true historical basis, it’s a good idea to stick to the truth. I can see why Simon would be upset – the storyline makes it look like the British didn’t care, even though that particular piece of the story is not integral to the storyline (which is the whole reason I think it was written that way). Ah, Hollywood.
And in case you missed it – Simon is in People magazine this week. Why? The mustache, of course.