The Devils - Dark Circles EPK (Electronic Press Kit) is a behind the scenes look at the collaboration between Nick Rhodes and former original singer of Duran Duran, Stephen "Tin Tin" Duffy. The album was released on July 15, 2002 in the UK and May 6, 2003 in North America.
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 2000, Duffy came across an old tape recording of a live Duran Duran concert from those late 1970s shows. Shortly afterwards, Rhodes and Duffy met by chance at a 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
a few times before both members returned to their normal careers.
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