Wednesday, March 6, 2013

TV Mania (Nick Rhodes/Warren Cuccurullo) update

In anticipation of the March 11 release of their TV Mania album Bored with Prozac and the Internet? via The Orchard/Beatport, Duran Duran’s keyboardist and founding member Nick Rhodes and former Duran guitarist Warren Cuccurullo premiered the MNDR remix of their new track: “Beautiful Clothes” on

Fans can share what the idea of “Beautiful Clothes” means to them and win prizes through an exclusive competition with Lomography.

Starting tomorrow, Rhodes will exhibit a collection of original photographic works at The Vinyl Factory Chelsea in London. The collection, entitled Bei Incubi – translated as “Beautiful Nightmares,” will feature twenty Polaroids, and more than thirty original photographs and prints that have all been taken and signed by Nick.

The work was inspired by the TV Mania album, during a cover artwork photoshoot, and will be open for public viewing and sale from March 8 to April 5. This is only the second time Nick has exhibited his work in the UK.

TV Mania was created back in the mid-'90s by Rhodes and Cuccurullo as a soundtrack to a bizarre TV cyber soap opera about a family who give away their freedom to scientists in exchange for reality TV show fame. The duo shared a vision (that now seems more like a premonition) of a society where privacy was non-existent and voyeurism was woven into the cultural fabric.

In wanting to share this idea, they created an album that blended television samples with looping rhythm tracks, exploring themes of reality TV, virtual shopping, surveillance, pharmaceutical drugs, fashion, fame and faith. The song “Beautiful Clothes” describes the daughter in the family’s obsession with attaining fame at any cost. Other tracks on the album, with song titles like “Yoghurt and Fake Tan,” and “What About God?”, give insight on each of the dysfunctional family members and how they change under the gaze of the public eye.

Vinyl Factory will release both limited boxed and gatefold editions of Bored With Prozac and The Internet?. In addition to the vinyl featured in the gatefold, each limited edition boxed set will also include an exclusive Polaroid photograph shot and signed by Nick Rhodes, screen printed artwork, a personally authored note by Warren Cuccurrullo, and an oversized glossy booklet, featuring exclusive imagery.

Last weekend, Nick and Warren visited the Duran Duran Universe in Second Life to preview the album.

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