DURAN DURAN cover Talking Heads’ ‘Psycho Killer’ 

Just in time for Halloween, Duran Duran have released a brand new cover of Talking Heads’ ‘Psycho Killer’ featuring Victoria De Angelis of Måneskin on guest bass and vocals with ex-Duran Duran guitarist Andy Taylor on guest guitar. The track is taken from Duran Duran’s upcoming Halloween-themed album Danse Macabre, due for release 27th October. Listen here:

Speaking about working with Duran Duran, Victoria De Angelis said:

“It’s such a wild honour to get asked by John Taylor and the guys to play on their album. I met John at a party, and we immediately bonded talking about music and bass. I told him Tina Weymouth was my absolute pinnacle of cool, attitude and incredible musicianship all rolled into one, and he told me he also started playing bass inspired by her and she was one of his music idols.

I then got a call from John months later saying he was working on a cover of Psycho Killer, and he wanted to ask me first about playing on it. It was insane being asked by one of the greatest bass players ever to play one of my favourite songs with Duran Duran. Absolutely insane. I’m so grateful and honoured, it was so much fun recording together with John and he was so sweet to me and encouraged me to express myself and play it my own way. I’ll always remember that day.”

Speaking about working with Victoria, Duran Duran bassist John Taylor said:

“She’s probably the most important electric bassist out there right now. I met a couple of the guys from Måneskin at a party and they said, “you’ve got to meet our bass player.” She’s such a dynamo! I was like “what inspired you?” and Vic said, “Tina Weymouth”. So when Psycho Killer made the cut for the album, I thought, “I’m gonna ask her if she’d like to have a bass-off!”

Danse Macabre is the soundtrack to Duran Duran’s ultimate Halloween party. Across 13 tracks the band unearth bright melodies from the darkness, threading together new songs, themed covers, and newly reimagined versions of their own ‘spooky’ classics. Fans can also look forward to Halloween covers of Billie Eilish’s ‘Bury A Friend’, The Rolling Stones’ ‘Paint It Black’, the Rick James-inspired ‘Super Lonely Freak’, Siouxsie and the Banshees’ ‘Spellbound’, Cerrone’s ‘Supernature’ and The Specials’ ‘Ghost Town’.

As well as Victoria De Angelis, the album includes more special collaborations with former Duran Duran band members Andy Taylor and Warren Cuccurullo, Nile Rodgers, and producers Josh Blair and Mr Hudson.

Danse Macabre will be released on 27th October via Tape Modern for BMG with artwork featuring images adapted from a collection of authentic vintage séance photos sourced by Nick Rhodes at auction. It will be available on Black 2LP and CD, with a limited-edition smog 2LP available through HMV and indie stores. It will also be available on high-res blu-ray audio, exclusive to Super Deluxe Edition. The band’s official artist store features exclusive merchandise bundles, a limited Translucent Galaxy 2LP and cassette.

Danse Macabre will be released on 27th October via Tape Modern for BMG. Pre-Order via:

Photo: Gavin Elder