Stephen Duffy has dabbled in lots of swimming pools, however it’s as ‘Tin Tin’ that was his icing on the cake!
Stephen Duffy (b.1960 in Birmingham), together with John Taylor and Nick Rhodes, was one of many founding members of the group Duran Duran, in 1978. However his time with the band was quick and he didn’t stick round to see the worldwide success that will befall them within the 1980’s. As an alternative, he based numerous different teams that will lead to a combination of successes, most notable Tin Tin in 1982, who debuted that October with “Kiss Me” and adopted up with “Maintain It” in 1983. Each did not make the UK high 40 and the group disbanded with no album having been recorded. Stephen went solo utilizing the brand new stage identify of Stephen ‘Tin Tin’ Duffy, simply in case anybody had forgotten who he was, and would take pleasure in his best acclaim from there onwards.
A re-recording of “Kiss Me” fashioned his debut solo single and it went to No.4 in early 1985. The tune would additionally chart high twenty throughout Europe. A few years later, former Take That star Robbie Williams would report a model of the tune for his “Rudebox” album of 2006. Extra on that later… For Stephen, 1985 was his 12 months and he adopted this with “Icing On The Cake”, which reached No.14. Each tracks would function on his first album, “The Ups And Downs”, that will break the UK high 40 and would come with “Unkiss That Kiss” and “She Makes Me Quiver”, though each wouldn’t turn out to be massive industrial hits. Stephen would proceed utilizing this ‘model’ for the remainder of the last decade, though a comply with up album “As a result of We Love You” (1986), did not chart in any respect whereas the singles “I Love You” and “One thing Particular” adopted swimsuit.
Presently, Stephen additionally wrote and recorded below the identify of ‘Dr. Calculus’ and The Lilac Time, a band that additionally featured his older brother Nick. They achieved 5 high 100 singles within the UK and have, so far, recorded a minimum of twelve studio albums, the latest being “Dance Until All The Stars Come Down” in 2023! Stephen reverted to his traditional identify, Stephen Duffy, for extra solo work into the early 1990’s, however returned as Stephen ‘Tin Tin’ Duffy in 1998 with the album “They Referred to as Him Tin Tin”. All of those initiatives fell below the radar of most people with solely a choose following taking curiosity. Nevertheless, Stephen did return to the UK singles chart in 1996 with the tune “Hanging Round” as a part of the short-lived ‘supergroup’ Me Me Me, that included Alex James of Blur and Justin Welch of Elastica. The tune made it to No.19, his first massive hit since “Icing On The Cake”!
Within the years since, he fashioned the band The Hawks, has continued to work with and be The Lilac Time, and most apparently, having reconnected with Nick Rhodes, launched some very early Duran Duran songs, re-recorded below the identify of The Devils. The album, “Darkish Circles”, was launched in 2002. Stephen turned his hand to songwriting in 2004 once we wrote the tune “Radio” for Robbie Williams. The observe topped the UK singles chart and was an enormous hit in additional than twenty different nations. Such was its success, Robbie requested Stephen to work on and produce his subsequent studio album and this he did. “Intensive Care” adopted in 2005 and could be one other primary greatest vendor in a number of nations, promoting over six million copies and included the hit singles “Tripping” and “Advertsing House”.
Stephen continues to be multi-tasking within the music enterprise, whether or not on his personal for with the reformed Lilac Time or with The Hawks or on merely on his personal and drawing from greater than forty years of expertise and success, however all the time out of the general public eye, off stage and within the shadows, that’s the place the icing on his cake sits and doubtless the place he’d prefer it to stay!
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