The Devils (band)

The Devils is the name of an English electronic pop band, formed by Nick Rhodes and Stephen Duffy.

The first incarnation of Duran Duran in 1978 included Rhodes as keyboardist, John Taylor on guitar and Duffy as songwriter/vocalist and bassist (along with Simon Colley). This lineup performed live for almost a year before Duffy and Colley left the band.

Duffy moved on to a solo career and The Lilac Time, and Duran Duran eventually went on to fame with drummer Roger Taylor, guitarist Andy Taylor and singer Simon Le Bon.

In 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 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 – including Big Store which was set in the department store Rackhams[1] and a song eulogising the nightclub Barbarella's.

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.[2]

Dark CirclesEdit

Dark Circles
 
Studio album by
The Devils
Released15 July 2002 (UK)
6 May 2003 (U.S.)
Recorded2001, 2002
GenreElectronic
LabelTape Modern
ProducerAndy Strange, Nick Rhodes, Stephen Duffy
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic      link
PopMatters(positive) link
musicOMH(positive) link

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.

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 later.[3]

Track listingEdit

CD: TPCD001 (UK, US)Edit

  1. "Memory Palaces" – 2:27
  2. "Big Store" – 5:50
  3. "Dark Circles" – 3:09
  4. "Signals in Smoke" – 4:03
  5. "Come Alive" – 4:10
  6. "Hawks Do Not Share" – 4:51
  7. "Newhaven-Dieppe" – 3:36
  8. "World Exclusive" – 3:28
  9. "Aztec Moon" – 4:26
  10. "Lost Decade" – 4:09
  11. "Barbarellas" – 4:49
  12. "The Tinsel Ritual" – 3:14

CD: CTCR-18062 (Japan, Avex Inc.)Edit

  1. "Memory Palaces"
  2. "Big Store"
  3. "Dark Circles"
  4. "Signals in Smoke"
  5. "Come Alive"
  6. "Hawks Do Not Share"
  7. "Newhaven-Dieppe"
  8. "World Exclusive"
  9. "Aztec Moon"
  10. "Lost Decade"
  11. "Barbarellas"
  12. "The Tinsel Ritual"
  13. "Come Alive (Tiga Swear Lies Remix)" (bonus track) – 6:14

Track 13 also appeared on Headman Dance Modern, Eskimo Records, Belgium (CD 541416 501230, 2xLP 541416 501231, released 2004).

CD: TPCD7 (UK, 2004 reissue)Edit

  1. "Memory Palaces"
  2. "Big Store"
  3. "Dark Circles"
  4. "Signals in Smoke"
  5. "Come Alive"
  6. "Hawks Do Not Share"
  7. "Newhaven-Dieppe"
  8. "World Exclusive"
  9. "Aztec Moon"
  10. "Lost Decade"
  11. "Barbarellas"
  12. "The Tinsel Ritual"

Promotional releasesEdit

  • "Dark Circles" (UK radio promo, 1 track only. Ld promotions, cd acetate)
  • "Dark Circles" (UK album promo with Dark Circles, Big Store, Come Alive, Newhaven-Dieppe. Ld promotions)
  • "Dark Circles" (UK album promo, 12 tracks, Universal BC3606)

Promo videosEdit

  • "The Devils EPK" – produced by Stephen Duffy, edited by Gary Oldknow, graphics by Andrew Day
  • "Dark Circles" (track) – directed and produced by Gary Oldknow
  • "Hawks Don't Share" – directed by Nick Rhodes, produced by Gary Oldknow
  • "Big Store" – produced by Gary Oldknow

PersonnelEdit

Also credited:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://aztecmoon.free.fr/pdf/am1p2.pdf
  2. ^ Pete Paphides (30 June 2002). "Wild Boys: Plundering the New Romantic back catalogue". The Independent. Archived from the original on 24 April 2008. Retrieved 25 October 2010.
  3. ^ Pete Paphides (3 June 2008). "Lost Albums: The Devils – Dark Circles". BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 25 October 2010.

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