Pop Quiz: Duran Duran’s John Taylor


Aidin Vaziri | On its latest studio album, Duran Duran works with guests such as Janelle Monáe, former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante and Lindsay Lohan — yes,that Lindsay Lohan. But the stars of “Paper Gods” remain the founding members of the British group — singer Simon Le Bon, bassist John Taylor, keyboardist Nick Rhodes and drummer Roger Taylor, who update their signature electro-pop sound with the help of producers Mark Ronson, Nile Rodgers and Jay Z and Kanye collaborator Mr. Hudson. John Taylor tells us how they pulled it off.

Q: It feels like you become a new band with every album. Why put that pressure on yourself?

A: We don’t really know what we’re going to do when we start making an album — we just try to make the best album that we can. With a little bit of perspective, the last couple of albums were sort of underwhelming. For this one it behooved us to leave no stone unturned.

Q: Did serendipity play a big part in the making of “Paper Gods”?

A: We could have never predicted this album. If it had gone according to plan, it would not be anywhere near as interesting. I had my time as a control freak. I’ve come to appreciate it’s better to let go. We had so many people show up for us on this record, and everybody is in there to make a great record, to honor our band. It’s overwhelming, in a way.

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