The first incarnation of the band Duran Duran in 1978 included Rhodes as keyboardist and Duffy as songwriter/vocalist (along with John Taylor and Simon Colley). The band performed live for almost a year before Duffy left the band, moving on to a solo career and The Lilac Time. Duran Duran went on to super stardom, fame, and fortune with singer Simon Le Bon in the 1980s.
In the year 1999, Duffy came across an old tape recording of a live Duran Duran concert from a 1979 show. Shortly afterwards, Rhodes and Duffy met by chance at an Armani fashion show, and began talking about the old music. They decided it might be fun to re-record some of those original, dark, art-school, pre-Le Bon Duran Duran songs.
A few months later they took to the studio, using vintage analog instruments but modern production techniques to recreate the early Duran Duran sound. The lyrics remained unchanged.
The resulting album, Dark Circles, is an odd blend of past and future. The lyrics are dark and arty, often inspired by Duffy's esoteric reading habits; the music is quirky and futuristic, but it is the electronic, robotic-tinged future of 1979, breathed back into life more than twenty years later.
The band played live only two times, in London (19 November 2002) and Cologne (17 February 2003), before both members returned to their normal careers. A recording of the Cologne show is available on the unofficial album Devils: In Cologne.
In early June 2008, Rhodes and Duffy were interviewed by the music journalist Pete Paphides for BBC Radio 4, and relived the whole Dark Circles experience. Duffy also publicly stated through his website that a Devils DVD could be released on a later date.
- The Devils Official Website
- Duran Duran Official Website
- Stephen Duffy & The Lilac Time Official Website
- Mark Tinley Official Website - studio technician with The Devils
- Deepvisual - The Devils' video makers
- Meet The Devils
- The Devils' unofficial MySpace Page
- The Devils' Fans Group
- Temple of St. Nick - Nick Rhodes fan site
- Marimari.co.uk - Stephen Duffy fan site
- Aztec Moon Fanzine - born as a Devils fanzine, now dedicated to Stephen Duffy
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