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The Duran Duran Timeline
<< 1985 1986 1987 >>

John Taylor releases the single "I Do What I Do"; Arcadia releases "The Flame". Simon finishes the Whitbread Round the World Race. The band regroups in London (minus Roger Taylor) to record the Notorious album; after legal wrangles to get Andy Taylor back in the studio, Duran Duran hires Warren Cuccurullo to finish the guitar parts. The Notorious album and single are finally released at the end of the year.

Date Event
Jan Yasmin and Simon honeymoon in Scotland and the south of France
 ? Yasmin and Simon buy a small house in Battersea (London) as an alternative to staying in a hotel while their new home in Chelsea is renovated; this house is later sold to Warren Cuccurullo and becomes the "Privacy Studio"
 ? Rio album issued on CD for the first time, in Germany; uses an alternate version of "Hold Back The Rain"; all other CD issues of this album use this digital master (up until the 2001 remastered version)
 ? The album Mixtime: Hip Hop released in Italy, featuring Duran Duran.
Jan 2 Simon's boat Drum reaches Auckland, New Zealand, in the Whitbread Round the World yacht race (still without Simon on board)
Jan 6 Nick and Simon appear on Wogan show on BBC TV (broadcasted from the BBC TV Theatre in London); bootlegged on Arcadia: TV Performances and Interviews
 ? Arcadia's "The Promise" single (an extended remix) released in UK and Europe (backed with "The Promise" (7" mix) and "Rose Arcana" (extended mix))
 ? "Election Day" (Consensus Mix) is included on the French compilation album 12 Maxi Tubes.
Jan Yasmin & Julie Anne both announce they're pregnant
Jan John is approached to perform a single for the movie 9½ Weeks
John shows up drunk for the recording of "I Do What I Do" (written by Michael Des Barres, originally for Lisa Delbello to sing)
John and Jonathan Elias write and record "Jazz" and several other tracks for the movie soundtrack; these tracks won't end up being released until 1999
 ? Viva Rock: Interview Record (2) released in Japan by Viva Rock magazine, featuring John Taylor and Nick Rhodes.
 ? Arcadia: The Open Interview is distributed to radio stattions.
Jan Arcadia's "Goodbye Is Forever" single released in the US(backed with "Missing")
Jan 19 Rock Over London: 303 broadcast in the USA, featuring Arcadia's "Goodbye Is Forever".
Jan 24 Simon appears on the TV special Disney's Living Seas
end Jan Nick and Andy work on three or four songs over the course of two weeks in an LA studio
Simon visits Australia for a couple of days; does an interview for the Countdown music show
Feb ? Simon and Yasmin fly to New Zealand so he can join Drum in the Whitbread Race
Feb 15 Drum leaves Auckland with Simon on board
Feb John Taylor's single "I Do What I Do" (backed with the instrumental "Jazz") released in US from the 9½ Weeks soundtrack
Feb 25 At the Grammy Awards Show, Nick and Sheena Easton present the Song of The Year award to Quincy Jones for "We Are The World"
Nick is interviewed on Irish radio
Mar The Power Station Video EP released (includes videos for "Some Like It Hot", "Get It On (Bang a Gong)", and "Communication")
Mar The Making of Arena released in UK and Japan
Mar Yasmin miscarries, and has to let Simon know over the radiophone
Mar 3 John's single "I Do What I Do" (backed with the instrumental "Jazz") released in UK
Mar 5 John appears on TV am show on UK TV
Mar 8 John appears on Saturday Superstore on BBC TV
Mar 11 Drum arrives in Punta del Este, Uruguay, in second place
Mar 16 Rock Over London: 311 broadcast in the USA, featuring "I Do What I Do".
Mar Simon flies home to Yasmin
Apr "I Do What I Do" peaks at #42 in the UK
Apr 9½ Weeks soundtrack released
Apr Simon flies to Spain to shoot video for "The Flame" with Nick; John appears in a cameo
Apr Simon flies back to Uruguay for the next leg of the Whitbread race
Apr John and Nick do some informal work together at Davout Studios in Paris; they expect Andy to join them from Los Angeles, but he doesn't appear
Apr 5 Andy demos Take It Easy & an early version of Life Goes On.
Apr 6 Andy demos Take It Easy, Wings Of Love, When The Rain Comes Down + 1 unknown track. Working title for the project is Andy Taylor's Army / A.A.
Apr 9 Drum leaves Punta del Este, Uruguay
Apr 9 This Is Your Life airs in the UK, featuring 'guest of honor' search and rescue diver Petty Officer Air Crewman (POACMN) Larry "Scouse" Slater of 771 Naval Air Squadron who pulled trapped crew from the capsized yacht Drum during the Fastnet race, with Simon Le Bon making an appearance at the end of the show.
Apr 12 American Top 40 with Casey Kasem: April 12, 1986 broadcast, featuring "I Do What I Do".
Apr 18 Duran Duran issues press release about Roger's official departure from the band
Apr 22 Andy demos Take It Easy, Wings Of Love, Angel Eyes & When The Rain Comes Down at Sterling Studios, NYC.
Apr 26 "I Do What I Do" peaks at #23 in the US
Apr 26 John interviewed on Molly Meldrum 25M radio (Australia)
spring/ summer "Candybar Express" single by Love & Money (produced by Andy) released in UK
May 1 John and Nick get together in London to continue planning new Duran album; again, Andy doesn't show and they have trouble contacting him
May John and Nile Rodgers spend a lot of time out on the town partying
May 3 American Top 40 with Casey Kasem: May 3, 1986 broadcast in the USA, featuring "I Do What I Do".
May 6 Andy Taylor: The Roxy, West Hollywood, LA, US (playing with Belinda Carlisle).
Andy guests on "Mad About You" & "Head Over Heels".
Released on "Belinda" VHS & Betamax in the US
May 6 Andy demos I Might Lie + 4 unknown tracks.
May 11 Drum returns to Portsmouth, third over the line
May 12 Simon appears on Wogan show on UK TV
May 13 Andy demos I Might Lie + 1 unknown track.
May 14 Simon appears on TV am show on UK TV
May 25 Simon (and Drum) in London the day of the Run The World charity event
May 26 Simon appears on Breakfast Time show on UK TV
May 31 Andy & Steve Jones stand in for Rodney Bingenheimer - Rodney On The ROQ (KROQ) from 8pm-12am. During the show, Andy tries to ring Simon live on air, but there's no answer.
Jun 1 Simon rejoins Nick and John in London, begins writing lyrics; he works only two hours a day; some of the tracks-in-progress are called "Don't Look Now", "Berlin", "Take it to Me", "Anything for You", and "One of the Faithful" (which will evolve into "Meet El Presidente")
summer EMI fires its president and begins a major corporate overhaul
Jun 6 Andy demos When The Rain Comes Down, Don't Let Me Die Young + 1 unknown track.
Jun 19 Duran Duran spends its first day at Westside Studios in London for work on Notorious album; the work will continue at several studios in London (Abbey Road, Maison Rouge, Skyline, and AIR)
Jun 27 The Demolition Party held at Birmingham's Rum Runner nightclub between 9:30pm and 11:00pm.
Jun 27 Andy demos Life Goes On & I Might Lie.
Jun 28 Wham!: The Final Show, Wembley Stadium, London, England (with guests Simon Le Bon, Elton John and Nick Heyward)

Simon performs "I'm Your Man" with Wham!; an extravagant party at the Hippodrome follows the show; bootlegged on Wham!: The Final Concert

Jun Missing Persons breaks up, primarily due to the disintegration of Dale and Terry Bozzio's marriage
Warren works on solo tracks that will later become Machine Language
Andy Taylor invites Terry Bozzio and Patrick O'Hearn to help on his solo project
Needing full-time work and aware that Andy doesn't plan to leave L.A. any time soon, Warren offers his guitar services to Duran; confused, they turn him down
The Italian film Sposerò Simon Le Bon released.
 ? Simon's yacht story appears on Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous TV show
Simon spends two weeks chasing Andy down; Andy promises he'll join the band in the studio, then doesn't show
Andy tells Nick he'll work on some of the album, but that's the final thing he wants to do with Duran Duran
Duran threatens legal action against Andy, trying to get him in studio
John also considers leaving Duran, but Nick convinces him to stay and fight for the band during several discussions at John's penthouse in New York City
John brings drummer Steve Ferrone (of Average White Band and Scritti Politti) into the working sessions for Notorious; Gerry Laffy plays guitar on some of the demos
Jul Arcadia's "The Flame" single released (backed with "Flame Game (Yo Homeboy Mix)")
Jul 7 Arcadia perform on EuroTube special of British music show The Tube to support "The Flame".

[NB in contrast to the orig version of this point, Andy is NOT there.]

Jul 10 Andy - 2x Rough mixes of Night Train.
Jul 11 Andy demos unknown track.
Jul 15 Andy - Rough mix of I Might Lie completed.
Jul 27 Andy demos Don't Let Me Die Young & Slaughter (both instrumental).
Jul 31 Andy demos Bringin' Me Down.
Recording is somewhat strained as the group struggles to redefine their identity; Simon is uncomfortable with the funkier, horn-intensive, organic sound that John is pushing for, and Nile often has to drag the band out of meetings with lawyers to get them into the studio
During a late-night session at AIR studios, Nick, Simon and John create the song "We Need You" (later the b-side to the "Skin Trade" single); it's the only track from the Notorious sessions with just the three of them on it.
 ? Engineer and MIDI programmer John Jones meets the band in passing at AIR Studios, and befriends Nick's keyboard tech Rocks
 ? Simon records "Grey Lady Of The Sea" with producer friend Nick Wood
Aug Drum: An Extraordinary Adventure book and Drum - The Journey Of A Lifetime video released; video soundtrack includes a new Simon Le Bon song "Grey Lady Of The Sea"
 ? Andy's single "Take It Easy" (backed with "Angel Eyes") released from the American Anthem

soundtrack album (song and video feature Missing Persons' Terry Bozzio on drums)

Aug 3 Andy - Rough mix of I Might Lie.
Aug 4 Andy - Rough mixes of I Might Lie & Life Goes On completed.
Aug 5 Andy - Rough mixes of Slaughter (inst), Don't Let Me Die Young (inst.) & Slaughter (Take Me To The High Side) completed.
Aug 7 Andy - Rough mixes of I Might Lie, Tremblin', Life Goes On, Nothin' To Lose, Night Train, Bringin' Me Down, Don't Let Me Die Young, Cracked Actor & High Side completed.
Aug 9 American Top 40 with Casey Kasem: August 9, 1986 broadcast, featuring Andy Taylor's "Take It Easy" at no.25.
Aug 9 Andy - Don't Let Me Die Young & Broken Window (rough instrumental) mastered at Bernie Grundman Mastering, Hollywood, CA.
Aug Andy's single "When The Rain Comes Down" (backed with "Broken Window") released from Miami Vice 2: soundtrack
Aug 21 Rough mixes of Nothin' To Lose, I Might Lie & Out Of My Head completed.
Aug 22 Rough mix of Life Goes On completed.
Aug 23 Tatjana Lee Orchid Rhodes born to Nick and Julie Anne
Aug 23 Journey: Mountain Aire Festival, Calaveras County Fairgrounds, Angels Camp, CA, USA (with Andy Taylor, The Outfield and Animotion)
Andy's band consists of Steve Jones, Patrick O'Hearn, and Terry Bozzio
Aug 27 Andy - Rough mixes of I Might Lie, Tremblin', Life Goes On, When The Rain Comes Down & Nothin' To Lose completed.
Aug 31 Simon is the best man at the wedding of Bob Geldof and Paula Yates
Sep 18 MTV airs a special about the movie Playing For Keeps, including the premiere of Arcadia's "Say The Word" video
Sep ? Arcadia's "Say The Word" single is released from the Playing For Keeps movie soundtrack (backed with "Say The Word (instrumental)")
Sep ? The Playing For Keeps Original Soundtrack released, including Arcadia's "Say The Word"
Sep Simon films a commercial in New Zealand for Vidal Sassoon jeans
Duran finally invites Warren to New York for an audition, then brings him in to fill in some gaps on the Notorious album
Warren plays on "American Science", "Hold Me", "Vertigo", and possibly one or two others
 ? John and Nile take their partying all over New York City, often hanging out at Studio 54 with members of Blondie
 ? Supermodel Christy Turlington booked for the photo on the Notorious album cover; John dates her briefly
 ? Nick buys a Picasso on his American Express card
 ? The video for the "Notorious" single is filmed; the dancing is choreographed by future starlet Paula Abdul
Sep 3 Andy demos various unknown tracks.
Oct 15 Andy - a mastered version of Thunder is completed at Sterling Sound Mastering, NYC; but includes When The Rain Comes Down & w/o Thunder.
Oct 20 "Notorious" single released worldwide (backed with "Winter Marches On")
Oct 23 "Notorious" video premieres on MTV
Oct John interviewed on Shadoe Stevens show on Z-100 radio (New York City)
 ? Disconet: Volume 9, Program 3 released in the USA, featuring "Notorious" (Edit by Raul).
Oct 27 John and Nick do phone interview on Richard Blade radio show on KROQ (Los Angeles, CA)
fall MTV airs a Duran special called They're Back and They're Notorious about the album and videos
fall Simon interviewed on Radio 1990 TV show (on the USA cable network)
Nov 1 "Notorious" single peaks at #7 in UK.
Nov "Notorious" single appears on Future Hits of America radio show; features interview with John
Nov 1 Andy - When The Rain Comes Down (Remix) & Thunder mastered at Bernie Grundman Mastering, Hollywood, CA.
Nov MTV aires the Duran Duran documentary Return of Notorious; bootlegged on Return of Notorious and The Video Archives: Volume V.
Nov 5 Duran tapes a lip-synch performance of "Notorious" for the Top of the Pops TV show
Nov 6 Top of the Pops airs Duran's lip-synch performance of "Notorious"
Nov 9 Rock Over London: 345 broadcast in the USA, featuring "Notorious".
Nov 11 Nick, Simon and John interviewed on Madrid radio
Nov 11 Andy demos She Shook Me, Broken Window, Thunder + 3 unknown tracks.
Nov-Feb Andy continues demoing - non-album tracks include Fuk Knows and Out Of My Head.
Nov 15 Duran appears on German TV show Vier gegen Willi, performing a lip-synch of "Notorious"
Nov 16 Rock Over London: 346 broadcast in the USA, featuring "Notorious".
 ? The compilation album Formel Eins: Die Zehnte released in Germany, featuring "Notorious".
 ? "Notorious" is included on the Spanish compilation album ¡Boom! 2: El Disco De Los Éxitos.
Nov 18 Notorious album released worldwide
 ? The compilation album Absolute Music: 1 released in Sweden, featuring "Notorious".
Nov Nick, Simon and John interviewed on SWF3 Radio Club (Germany) -- dubbed into German
 ? Simon interviewed on Capital Radio (UK)
 ? "Notorious" is included on Formel Eins: Special released in Germany.
Nov 31 Duran Duran on the Japanese TV show Night Hit Studio, live via satellite from New York City at The Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum. Interview with Simon, Nick & John and "Notorious" (performance). Bootlegged on The Video Archives: No.22 Japan.
Dec Preparation for The Strange Behaviour Tour is filmed for the black and white documentary Three To Get Ready
Dec Duran on the Japanese TV show Night Hit Studio, live via satellite from Los Angeles. This performance and interview later featured in the documentary Three To Get Ready, performing outside on a studio set in front of a building. Interview with Simon, John & Nick and "Notorious" (performance). Bootlegged on The Video Archives: No.22 Japan.
 ? Rehearsals for the tour are held at a U.S. Navy airport hangar in New York
Dec 5 Duran receive an award at the Diamond Awards Festival in Antwerp, Belgium; they lip-synch "Notorious" and "Vertigo" for the show, taped for later TV broadcast: bootlegged on An All Night Party
Dec 5 Andy is interviewed by William Hiroshi Hames in LA, for an unknown Japanese radio station segment or magazine article.
Dec 6 Notorious album peaks at #16 in UK
Dec 7 Nick and John interviewed on Rai Stereo Uno radio in Italy
 ? John voted Best Bassist in the 1986 Rolling Stone Reader's Poll
Dec 16 The Today Show broadcasts an interview with Duran Duran at the Limelight Club; bootlegged on The Video Archives: Volume V.
Dec 20 American Top 40 with Casey Kasem: December 20, 1986 broadcast, featuring "Notorious" at no.4.
 ? Excerpts From The Album Notorious released with Frida magazine in Sweden.
Dec 31 Duran performs a "live" lip-synch performance for a Japanese New Year's Eve TV special
Dec 31 Andy performs on MTV's New Year's Eve Rock'N'Roll Ball (with Patrick O'Hearn on bass and special guest Dweezil Zappa)
"Rosalie" bootlegged on Andy Taylor: Rare
Dec 31 EMI release La Dolce Vita five album box set in Italy.
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