A quarter century after first crashing sales charts worldwide, 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.
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 scene between 1979-82 in the group's Birmingham, England, hometown.
As regulars at the now-defunct Rum Runner club there, the duo were regularly exposed to a cross-section of music from the likes of David Bowie, Kraftwerk and Ultravox, all of whom are 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."
-- Courtesy Billboard