Duran Duran Call Timbaland Album “A Fucking Nightmare,” Fans Say “Uh, Yeah”

    I’m not sure how fans of Duran Duran will respond to this news, but here it is: In an interview with the Quietus, the group called their 2007 album, Red Carpet Massacre, an album produced by Timbaland, a “fucking nightmare.” Basically, the band says the label forced them into the studio with Timbaland, and they hated the result. 

    Guitarist John Taylor said: “That whole project was a fucking nightmare. We delivered an album to Sony that was a natural-sounding, almost rock album and they were like, ‘We need something a bit pop, do you fancy doing a couple of track with Timbaland?'”

     

    He added: “Around the same time we fell out with Andy [Taylor, the band’s former guitarist] so the Timbaland stuff sounded hugely different from what we’d done before.”

    Nick Rhodes softened that statement though:

    Keyboardist Nick Rhodes admitted that there was a communication breakdown between the two parties. “When Timbaland saw the guitar and the bass and the drums come in to the studio, I think he was mortified because everything’s in a box for those guys,” he said. “But I’m really glad we made that album, because in time I think it will stand up.”

    It’s sort of en vogue for older groups to dump on ill-received albums, but this story could be taken two ways: Either Duran Duran knows that their fans hate that album, and hate it too, or the band just wants to dump on it for the sake of dumping on it. As someone ambivalent to Duran Duran, I could care less either way. But this is sort a slap to people who bought that Duran Duran loved working with Timbaland, which they said they did when the album came out. [NME]