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Andy Taylor
Birth name Andrew Taylor
Born 16 February 1961 (1961-02-16) (age 48)
Cullercoats, Tyne and Wear, England
Genres New Wave, Rock
Occupations Musician, Songwriter
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1980 – present
Labels MCA Records
A&M Records
Associated acts Duran Duran, Power Station, C.C. Catch

Andy Taylor (born 16 February 1961, Cullercoats, Tyne and Wear, England) is an English guitarist, singer, and songwriter, best known as a member of Duran Duran and The Power Station. He has also performed as a solo artist, and served as a record producer for C.C. Catch and several other artists.

He was born and raised in Cullercoats, Tyne and Wear, North East England, and attended Marden High School. He began playing guitar at the age of eleven, and was soon playing with local bands, even producing one at the age of sixteen. He dropped out of school early to tour England and Europe with several different bands, playing working men's clubs and air force bases.

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Solo career

In the meantime, Andy Taylor hooked up with ex-Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones and recorded the hit single "Take It Easy" (US #24), which was used as the theme song to the movie American Anthem. Ex-Missing Persons members Terry Bozzio and Patrick O'Hearn lent drums and bass, respectively, to the song and video. Two other songs by Taylor/Jones also appeared on the album: "Wings of Love" and the instrumental "Angel Eyes". Andy Taylor also contributed to the Miami Vice II soundtrack with the song "When The Rain Comes Down" (US #73). This was followed by his first solo album, Thunder (1987). O'Hearn again played bass for him on the album and during the following tour.

Taylor also contributed a cover of "Dead on the Money" to the Tequila Sunrise soundtrack in 1988. Taylor's former band Duran Duran would also allow one of their own songs, "Do You Believe In Shame?" to be included on the album. Also in 1988, Andy helped produce Rod Stewart's album "Out of Order" along with Chic members Bernard Edwards and Tony Thompson.

A second solo album, this one consisting of entirely cover versions, entitled Dangerous, was released in 1990.

Taylor played as a backing musician for several other stars, including Belinda Carlisle (on her single "Mad About You"), Robert Palmer, Rod Stewart, C.C. Catch and Thunder. He then moved on to producing full time, working with several moderately successful bands throughout the 1990s.

His most recent venture is the album The Underdog Has Landed which was recorded at his Ibiza studio in April 2008.

His band consists of:
Andy Taylor - Guitar and vocal
Liam Keenan - Vocals and piano
Joe Breban - Drums
Miky Dunn - Bass

Reunions

Taylor participated in the 1996 reunion of The Power Station, and in 2001 reunited with the other original members of Duran Duran to record their first new music together since 1985. Their ensuing album, Astronaut, featured a blend of Taylor's heavy guitar with the synth hooks of the classic Duran Duran sound.

In 2006, Taylor again parted ways with Duran Duran, leaving the band a second--and presumably final--time, in the middle of the recording of Astronaut's followup, Reportage, which was scrapped by the band after his departure. More recently, Taylor strongly hinted in his blogs that Duran Duran's management company, Magus Entertainment, were partly responsible for his departure.

This was confirmed on 4 May 2008 when (following legal action) The Sunday Times (UK) printed the following retraction -

"Andy Taylor An article about Duran Duran (Wild boys always shine, Culture, 4 November 2007), referring to Andy Taylor's departure, said he had failed to turn up for a recording session in New York and had sent a "blunt message . . . that he was leaving the band, with immediate effect". It was suggested that his departure was "still unexplained". Andy Taylor's departure from the band is the subject of continuing legal proceedings, but we wish to make clear that he was unable to get a US working visa to attend the New York recording session because of administrative failures by the band's management. His departure was not unexplained and he did not leave the band — the Duran Duran partnership was dissolved by the other members. We apologise and are happy to correct the record." [1]

Taylor also wrote in his autobiography that in addition to the problems recording Reportage, old conflicts between himself and the other band members resurfaced. The other band members have maintained that he in fact gave no explanation for his absence and made himself unreachable by phone or e-mail, leaving them no choice but to move on without him. In his book Taylor suggests that he was suffering from undiagnosed clinical depression during that period, following the death of his father.

Both sides seem to indicate that Taylor and Duran Duran are permanently done with each other, and that Taylor will never play with his former bandmates again.

RockAffairs

Founded in November 2007 and launched in April 2008, Taylor provided the seed money and helped co-found RockAffairs.com, a website developed to allow unsigned artists to sell MP3s, sell merchandise, promote their band and keep 100% of the profit. It also pioneers a new Profit Share Scheme where 100% of income from listener signups is distributed amongst bands who sign up for the profit share scheme.

In June 2008, Taylor handed control of the company over to Sarah Eaglesfield, former webmistress at duranduran.com.

Wild Boy: My Life in Duran Duran

On 9 September 2008, an autobiography by Taylor was released. It covered a backstage look of Duran Duran's rise, an album by album look at how the band became synonymous with early MTV, the drug and alcohol habits of the band, and delves into Taylor's other works, both solo and with other artists, such as his bandmates in The Power Station, Steve Jones and Rod Stewart. Above all else, it is Taylor's own accounts of his life, from the strong family ties raised in him by his father and extended family to the experiences of starting a family of his own with his wife Tracey.

Personal life

Taylor married his long-time girlfriend, Tracey Wilson, in 1982. They have four children, Andrew James, born 20 August 1984; Georgina, born 12 August 1987; Bethany, born in September 1991; and Isabelle, born in May 1996.

On 18 July 2009 Taylor was admitted to a local hospital in Ibiza shortly after rehearsing for his opening night performance in Ibiza for an undisclosed medical reason that was implied to be a mild heart attack. Taylor posted on his web site: "I was discharged from Hospital at 2pm Thursday - 100% fixed & with no disabling consequences or permanent damage, so firstly I would like to thank, from the bottom of my heart, all the Staff, Nurses, Doctors & Surgeons at the hospital, particularly Dr. Carlos who saved my life. My friends & family who were with me at the time, somehow made every right decision - and because of that, every little bit of luck went my way. I think I can truly say that I have been to the dark side of the moon, but now all I see is sunshine & life. I have to take 1-months rest & recoupment - so I get a summer holiday this year - and as most of the album is already recorded - we will just proceed at a reduced pace. The 1st show will now be rescheduled for Sept & anybody who made that extra special effort to attend the show & travelled to Ibiza last week, will be offered a very special package to compensate their loss. Other than that, I got a ton of movies to watch, a lot of fish to eat, but no chips!!!"

Discography

With Duran Duran

With Power Station

Solo

Solo Singles

  • "Take It Easy"
  • "When The Rain Comes Down"
  • "I Might Lie"
  • "Don't Let Me Die Young"
  • "Life Goes On" (Promo)
  • "Dead On The Money" (Promo)
  • "Lola"
  • "Stone Cold Sober"

References

See also

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