I’m super excited that I get to listen to this month’s Katy Kafe! I’m sure that it has nothing to do with the fact that it features John Taylor. Nope. No way. The band member doesn’t matter. Ha! Buy that one, I’ll tell you another. Despite my excitement, I feel like I should apologize in advance. It is the end of a very long week trying to prepare for my evaluation at work. Anyway, I will accept responsibility for any error I make in response to what John talks about. Thus, as always, I recommend going over to DuranDuranMusic and listen for yourself. By the way, this month’s edition is like last month’s in which Katy had asked for questions on Twitter and then went on to pass some on to John.
Well then. Katy started out with a bang by asking John about plans for the 40th Anniversary. John mentioned that there is a “shopping list” of possible events or things to celebrate, which includes museum shows, performances with orchestras, and even items like cologne. I’m not kidding. John did state that the anniversary of Simon joining the band is the summer of 2020 and that they have mixed feelings about the anniversary like people “over 30” have about birthdays. After all, they have always tried to look forward and not backwards. All of this said, it sounds like Rhonda and I better start saving as those type of shows sounds amazing!
B-Sides/Lesser Known/Played Tracks
John was asked if they would consider playing B-sides and lesser known tracks. I appreciated that he acknowledged why a lot of fans would want that but did admit that it would be a lot of work especially considering that they would want it to be just as multi-media as other shows. John admits that he isn’t really all that excited to play some of them, including one that I would love to hear, Late Bar. He much prefers when they have new music to play. John did mention what I thought sounds like a cool idea, which is to have each band member pick a lesser known track then rotate those four songs each night. Personally, I think this is a fabulous idea. For one, it would make a lot of fans happy to hear a lesser known song. For the other, it would encourage fans to go to more than one show if they wanted to see/hear all of the lesser known tracks chosen.
Most Under-appreciated Duran Album?
John’s choice? Big Thing. His reasoning is that it is a real journey that has all types of songs on it. Katy liked that answer as do I.
Proud Bass Lines?
Which songs is John really proud of his bass playing? He really likes the first three albums as far as not only his bass but everything. In more modern times, he likes what was done for Paper Gods as it was a combination of the modern day synth bass with the “John Taylor sound” that worked well.
What advice would he give to himself?
After pondering the question for awhile, he stated that everyone has a responsibility to be the best person possible especially if you had a good foundation, which he includes loving parents and a good education. This means that people should not waste their lives. Words of wisdom from Mr. Taylor.
According to John, the band would consider a residency in Vegas. John really loves the idea of residencies. Very much noted as I would love that, too! That said, he acknowledged that it would be more difficult for the rest of the band since they live in the UK.
First Song to Play?
What were the first songs that John learned to play? The list includes some classic punk songs like Anarchy in the UK by the Sex Pistols, White Riot by the Clash and Boredom by the Buzzcocks.
First, John hopes it comes out for the 40th anniversary (summer of 2020). (Psst…me, too!) Another wish is that people would want to dance to it. “The style of music is going to be very familiar to Duran fans,” he said. Well then. I was on board before hearing this but now…I’m super excited about it. Will I have to save money to go somewhere to see this, too? Of course, he reminds us all that the music will still be different since people will be singing the songs that we don’t know as characters in a narrative. I’m still super excited.
What JT solo songs could be included in a Duran show?
Before I even heard John’s answer, I thought of about five myself. I know that there are still a lot of fans who haven’t heard his solo stuff or don’t love it. I cannot help but feel like they are missing out on some really good, heartfelt stuff. The first song that John mentions is a Power Station song, Lonely Tonight. He goes on to mention Air Miles, which he believes Duran could take to a whole new level. I concur.
What motivates and inspires JT to keep making music?
John is constantly looking for inspiration and to keep his passion alive. Sometimes, he just wants to be done as it is hard to keep going and keep reinventing. Nick, though, is always motivated to keep making music, which helps him.
Next Album Style?
John claims that it won’t be a “million miles” from Paper Gods. They don’t allow themselves to sway too far from what a Duran song should include but John would like to expand that a bit. That said, he is excited by whatever they come up with. He hopes that someone comes into the studio with them that will drive them like Mark Ronson or Nile Rodgers.
Overall, I absolutely loved listening to this Kafe. John was in good spirits, open with his feelings and thoughts. It made me want to turn on a little Paper Gods or some old b-sides. Even more importantly, I I’m so looking forward to the future plans for the band.