I am way, way late with the Katy Kafe highlights for Simon and Nick, and I apologize. To begin with, for some reason I couldn’t get the audio to play on my laptop (I have a MacBook), which has never happened before, and then well, Christmas happened. So I’m a little late, but never fear, I have the highlights!!
Simon LeBon and Katy settled in, Katy with Lemonade and Simon with whiskey for a pretend “fireside” chat about 2014.
Simon LeBon on Band Aid
Simon did a Rolling Stone interview on Band Aid, so if you’ve missed out on that, check it out. However, he did share his pride with being on the original. He was one of the first to agree to doing the record, along with Sting – and even after showing up that fateful morning to realize that it wasn’t just he and Sting on it, he feels as though the song has stood the test of time.
Simon LeBon on favorite album of 2014
This year, Simon really has enjoyed London Grammar‘s album “If You Wait”. Simon describes the album as ambient and soft without a set rhythm. He also has enjoyed another Estonian artist that I can’t even spell…nor find phonetically online…but you can find it on his twitter if you care to search!
Simon LeBon on favorite concert of 2014
Simon said that he didn’t see too many concerts this year…something about being locked up in the dark of the studio for the past year I suppose… He did go see Leonard Cohen though, and also saw Fleetwood Mac, which he really enjoyed.
Simon LeBon on favorite film of 2014
Simon said that the only films he saw this year were on airplanes, and then mentioned Cold In July.
Simon LeBon on favorite TV of 2014
Hands down, it seems that Simon’s favorite TV show was Happy Valley – a UK show starring Sarah Lancashire. He says the show was very dark, which seemed to be an ongoing theme for Simon in 2014.
Simon LeBon on favorite book of 2014
Simon began his year with Donna Tartt and The Goldfinch, and ended it with Edward St. Aubyn’s Patrick Melrose novels, beginning with Never Mind. These novels are considered autobiographical, even though the main character has a fictional name. We also learn that Simon reads more than one book at a time. (Don’t we all? I have several going at one time, depending on what mood I’m in and whether I’m doing research or reading for fun.)
Simon LeBon on favorite event of 2014
You get one guess and it starts with “Fashion”. You guessed it – for Simon, Fashion Rocks topped off 2014. As a personal favorite, Simon looks to celebrating his father’s 80th birthday as the event of the year.
Simon LeBon on DD14
OK, admit it – this is what you’ve been waiting for. Simon says the album will be out in June or July (which really means Autumn at the earliest if you speak Duran Duran. We haven’t even made it through New Years Eve yet and we’ve already preempted half of next year.) He says the album is brilliant, (I am thrilled but I want to make that judgment for myself. Next year, thankyouverymuch.) but they need to cut down the songs to about 10 (right now they are at 13, according to Simon – and you’ll soon find that it depends on what band member you’re talking to as to how many songs they’ve got.) Best question of the Kafe? Katy asked Simon what they’ll do with the songs they have leftover after deciding upon the album. Simon’s answer, which is likely the best answer of 2014 no matter how you slice it – “We’ll sell them to One Direction.”
Katy also asked if they had an album title. Simon said yes. Then he spoke “LeBon gibberish” and said that he gave the album title backwards. Then he did it again, and again…each time sounding just a little different. So, yeah. It’s still #DD14 to me. Yay.
And we’re off to 2015…