Duran Duran guitarist Andy Taylor recently pondered on the band’s early years and how the 2000s kept them from becoming Pink Floyd. The interviewer pondered on the band’s ‘lost’ album, ‘Reportage,’ and shared that the times were a little darker and political back when the album was recorded in 2005. For those who are unaware, the album was halted when Taylor left the band in 2006, prompting the band to restart with new songs and a new title for the album, namely ‘Red Carpet Massacre.’ The guitarist remembers writing a song for the album called ‘Criminals in the Capital,’ but the record company refused to release it due to its political tone. When the conversation turned to song lyrics, Taylor said that they didn’t write about politics when they were younger and cited their hit ‘New Moon On Monday.’ He then revealed: “When we first started getting back together, it was like, ‘What do you expect from us?'” I used to have shin splints on stage. Two and a half hour programs, three hours in the bath, ‘Oh no.’ It’s like, keeping your weight down as you get [older], and all that stuff.” The rocker then explained why the band would have created records akin to Pink Floyd’s: “But really, if that expectation of what you should be doing in the early 2000s hadn’t been there and we’d been left, if we hadn’t been trying to be recreated, we probably would have made Pink Floyd records.
” Taylor claims that the band should have stayed on the 80s side when they were older, but they didn’t. The rocker revealed: “And I thought that we should have went more down the ‘Night Boat,’ ‘New Religion’ side of the band. We’d learned a lot by then, all of us were very confident at what we did by the time we were in our 40s. But for some reason, we thought we did, and I think there’s so many great Duran Duran albums were never made because of chasing hits. Well, how many hits do you need before you know you’ve had a lot of hits?” The musician addressed Pink Floyd again two days before this interview. Taylor was interviewed by Classic Pop Mag, where he discussed the band’s early years and ‘Red Carpet Massacre.’ Taylor stated that being in a band meant being an entity, that they had no enmity, and that they were ‘Pink Floyd but in reverse.’ See the most recent interview below.