Before I dive into the highlights and my thoughts regarding this month’s Katy Kafe, I want to thank everyone for the thoughts and well-wishes for my dad. All of the comments have helped me to keep going in order to be there for him and my mom. Again, I thank you. Now, on to the Katy Kafe…
This particular one features Simon answering fan questions, twenty of them in fact! As always, this is not a word-for-transcript. Instead, I’m just sharing the highlights along with some of my commentary. If you want it all (and I know you do), get yourself over to DuranDuranMusic to listen for yourself! This means that I am not going to cover every question but will pick out the most interesting to me. I’m also going to divide them into band related questions and Simon only questions.
Duran Related Questions:
Question: Does Simon write lyrics all the time or just when an album is coming up?
Simon stated that he does often write down phrases that could work as song lyrics all the time but tends to do more when an album is coming up. It just happens naturally. One aspect of songwriting that he focused on was on titles. He mentioned an artist who had a friend name one of his pieces, which he thought was so fascinating. At times, being given a title has worked for him like Rio, A View to a Kill, Girl Panic, and Electric Barbarella. (Note to self: That could make for an interesting daily question. Which title is better? Or what is a title that would make for an interesting Duran song.)
Question: Why is Last Chance on the Stairway not played live?
Simon focused on the middle part of the song that features a vibraphone that he would have to relearn. I suspect some fans would love for him to do just that in order to hear it live!
Question: Which DD song from the 80s should get a 2018 make-over?
He suggested Late Bar or My Own Way but commented about how fans really aren’t that keen with changing songs. (I have to admit that is true. I remember freaking out a little with the changes done to Too Much Information live in 2015. To my credit, I actually liked it a lot once I got used to it.) Katy and Simon focused on changes to Hungry Like the Wolf in 1993. Simon wants to know which is better: album version or the live 1993 version of that song. Answer on Twitter via #AskSimonMarch.
Question: What was Simon’s favorite DD video to shoot?
Simon really like the ones filmed in Sri Lanka because it was so amazing being there. He enjoyed the action shots from Hungry but loved the relaxed feel of Save a Prayer and how there was more band in that one.
Question: What was the inspiration for Cinderella Ride?
Simon talked about someone who helps the sick and the poor, especially in the back streets of London. (Now I’ll have to relisten to it through that lens!)
Question: When does the band celebrate the 40th anniversary?
Simon thinks that July 16, 2020 would be a good day as it will be the 40th anniversary of him being on stage with the band for the first time! (NOTED! I will keep that date open!)
Question: Which song would you never get tired of performing?
Simon said that the song has to be something that he could sing in a wheelchair like Come Undone or Secret Oktober. (!!!)
Question: What does it feel like to be a band that is so loved by many for so long?
Simon loves the music and the guys in the band. “We look out for each other,” he stated. Being a part of Duran has made him feel “useful.” (I get that.)
Simon Only Questions:
Question: Has the SYN track, “Closer to Your Bed” ever been released? If so, where can people hear it?
Simon does not think that it has but maybe it should be. He went on to share that when he was 12, he made a 4 track record when he was part of the church choir. His old choir master has a clean copy and thinks it should be released. Simon is considering doing that as a fundraiser in which the proceeds would go to the church choir. Would people be interested in buying a copy? If so, tell him again on Twitter with the hashtag #AskSimonMarch.
Question: Who should play him in a movie?
Simon suggested Aaron Johnson, Ryan Gosling, or even Margot Robbie.
Question: If he could take out a giant billboard, what would it say?
Be nice. (Aww…)
Katy must have said a number of times that this is one of the best Kafes they have ever done. I cannot disagree. As I stated earlier, I didn’t include everything because there was so much. Some of the questions I didn’t cover here: One thing Simon has tried but wouldn’t do again, which 80s peer is he still in contact with, whether or not the duet with Isabelle Adjani would ever be released, who should cover a Duran song and which song, and more. I, for one, applaud the questions as they were super interesting and loved hearing Simon’s responses. I look forward to more Kafes like this one!