First, we all know that Nick is pretty dang instrumental (ha!) in creating the Duran sound that we all know and love. How in the world can you comb through all of Duran’s songs to pick just one that always makes you think of Nick Rhodes? It certainly isn’t easy, but today, the song that immediately came to mind for me was New Religion. Obviously, as soon as the song begins, the attention is turned to Nick with those first few notes of his keyboard. Then, when I think of New Religion, I think of how Live from London really showed this.
Second, Duranies all know that Nick does more for Duran than just writing and playing a few notes of music. No, he often has the great ideas that we all associate with Duran Duran. Whether it is to include a 3D track on the Live from London DVD or taking the photos for the Red Carpet Massacre album cover, he makes more than a significant mark on the Duran label. One of the more recent creations of Nick’s in the Duran universe was the concept behind the video for Girl Panic.
Third, Nick has also used his creative genius in a couple of side projects connected to Duran Duran. The first side project was the Devils, which essentially took the very first Duran album and finished it with Stephen Duffy and released it with the title of Dark Circles. Here is a clip from 2003.
Of course, Nick’s most recent side project, TV Mania, has been getting quite a bit of attention from Duranland as this one was a long time in the making. This is a project that started in the 1990s with Warren and finally saw the light of day this year. This side project includes an album like the Devils and it includes videos. Here is the video for Beautiful Clothes, which is significant as it was directed by Nick himself!
Beyond the music and the video, Nick remains a force in the art and photography world. I’m so proud to be an owner of his Interference book that has even influenced my mother in some of her fiber arts pieces. The TV Mania project also saw Nick’s photographic talent as well with the Bei Incubi exhibit.
Clearly, there is so much to commemorate when celebrating the birth of Nick Rhodes. Beyond what he has given us, creatively, he also appreciates what fans have given him as seen by his birthday message here. I, for one, enjoyed the last bit in which he stated how he hoped next year’s birthday message would be from some place other than London. Could he be referring to some summer shows?! That would be a great birthday present to us!
Happy Birthday, Mr. Rhodes!!!