I spied news that Simon decided it was time for an impromptu Katy Kafé yesterday, and I could have written right then exactly how it was going to go. He had plenty to say, and Katy’s goal was to basically try and funnel the energy in the right direction. I could hear the energy emanating from my computer speakers as he began the Kafe with all sorts of talk about pugs. Yes, pugs…as in dogs. He goes on a full tangent coming up with every possible tagline for pug licking. Not that I wasn’t following along well, but I really wasn’t following. Next time I’m going to need more caffeine before listening to a Kafe. Or something.
As typical, I am going to attempt to decipher the news of the day. This is not going to be word for word, and as always – to really understand Simon, or at least so that you can be as thoroughly entertained as possible, you should get a DDM membership so that you can hear the Kafé in all of it’s glory. It was a very short Kafe, given that it was impromptu and all, nevertheless, we did get a scoop of sorts. No song titles, no snippets…but I think they might know just how long the album is going to be, and it sounds like they’ve settled on the tracks they’re going to use.
As of yesterday, it sounds like Simon would like the album to have eleven (11) tracks. When asked why eleven, Simon said that it was because he couldn’t get it down to ten. If only WordPress allowed emoticons…
At any rate, Simon then said that they could put out a 16 track album, but they’re not, and that sometimes less is really more. I’ll be completely blunt: “more” for me at this point would mean getting us a song to hear soon, and then maybe spreading out the introduction of the entire album over the course of say…a few months. How, you ask? Simple! By “releasing” a single song track a week or so, because it would create buzz and MORE buzz each time something was released and spread to the fan community and public over Twitter and Facebook. This isn’t a new idea, nor is it MY idea…but it’s a really good one. Rather than have two weeks, or even less, of a lot of “chatter” on social media, by slowing the release of the record to a song every week or so, you’re extending the life of the PR and social media chatter. Why? Each time something new is released, Duran Duran has the chance to be trending, and the music has an opportunity of being heard. When you release everything all at once, really great songs get buried, and let’s be honest: people do not buy music by the album any longer. Sales show that, and while I’m fully aware most Duran fans would buy the whole album – I hate to say it – we are not the the center of the universe. Maybe the most important part, yes…. but surely not the center. (That’s sarcasm) Oh, and touring. Yes, “more” for me means touring. Soon. (I’m allowed to wish. I don’t care if the rest of you aren’t ready for them yet. I’m a fan, and I am ready!)
So what else did Simon say? They were working in the studio with Mr. Hudson – and I believe that Simon and Katy spoke just yesterday so that means Mr. Hudson must be making a reasonably sized contribution to the album. I can hardly wait to hear what they’ve
The reason for the impromptu Kafé was Simon wanted to share the events of the past couple of weeks with the fan community. As we all know, Simon went to Ibiza last week to surprise Nile Rodgers at the IMS (International Music Summit) dinner. He presented Nile with the Legends award, and afterward jammed with Nona Hendryx, Nile Rodgers and George Clinton.
Then, a couple of nights ago he went and saw Caetano Veloso, one of the greatest Brazilian artists, at the Barbican Center. Warren Cuccurullo turned him on to Brazilian music back in 1989 when they were staying in the South of France.
No song titles or other huge scoops…but it certainly sounds like they’re working, and with any luck the road to having a finished album before us is growing shorter!