Duran Duran duo tipping hat to musical influences

By Lars Brandle

LONDON - A quarter century after first crashing sales charts world-wide, Duran Duran's two founders are releasing a compilation that pays homage to the band's influences.

Keyboardist Nick Rhodes and bassist John Taylor have compiled Only After Dark (EMI) -- 18 tracks of the glam rock, post-punk and electronic music that helped develop the group's early sound.

As regulars at the now-defunct Rum Runner club in their English hometown Birmingham, the duo were regularly exposed to a cross-section of music from the likes of David Bowie, Kraftwerk and Ultravox -- all featured on the album.

"As we were developing our own sound, this was the backdrop," Rhodes says. "Everything was at a crossroads. Everything was in flux."

Coming out May 1 in the United Kingdom, the album's art incorporates images from photographer Paul Edmond's new book Duran Duran Unseen (Reynolds & Hearn), which chronicles the 1979-82 Birmingham scene.

- REUTERS/Billboard

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