Total Dragon Pop – Album release. Monday October 13th 2014
TOTAL DRAGON POP is the new 12 track album from British musician, fashion designer and author Keanan Duffty. TDP will be launched with a release party during BOWIEBALL in New York on Sunday 12th October 2014, where Duffty is performing. Notorious for turning out the downtown glitterati, BOWIEBALL is heralded as the “it affair” by the New York Times with attendees including Debbie Harry, Chloe Sevigny and Mick Rock. TOTAL DRAGON POP will be available on CD and on iTunes Monday 13th October 2014.
Jon Savage, author of the punk bible England’s Dreaming, coined the album’s title in reference to Duffty’s Chinese star sign. Tracks are produced long time Bowie guitarist Earl Slick. The album features Slick, Glen Matlock of the Sex Pistols and Clem Burke of Blondie on a cover of Boys Keep Swinging. Other tracks include eclectic cover versions of songs originally recorded by Katy Perry, Joy Division, Lana Del Rey, Primal Scream, Japan, David Bowie, Bauhaus and Gary Numan. The album was recorded at the Club House Studio in Rhinebeck, New York.
Duffty’s last album KILLERS IN GLITTER was released in December 2012.
Duffty has always believed that music and fashion go hand in hand. He first performed in the British Punk band Sordid Details in 1978. In 1980 he founded Wonder Stories, a New Romantic group influenced by David Bowie and Roxy Music. By 1983 Duffty began working solo with Falcon Stuart, former manager of Adam Ant. Stuart arranged for Duffty to record with EMI and MCA records resulting in the EDM album WATERSPORT released on Awesome Records in 1986. Duffty also recorded at the iconic Maida Vale Studios for BBC Radio DJ Janice Long and he performed live throughout the UK. Duffty relocated to New York in 1993 and recorded the EDM track and video I AM AN ALIEN featuring famed club diva Amanda Lepore. Duffty designed stage clothes for the Sex Pistols 2003 US tour, created a fashion collection with David Bowie for Target and was a design consultant for Gwen Stefani’s L.A.M.B label. Music though, is Duffty’s passion and he has performed at many iconic events including the Marc Bolan 30th Anniversary show at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park alongside Patti Smith, Scissor Sisters and Moby. Duffty also joined the extraordinary concert line-up of Joan Jett, Slash and Ronnie Spector at the opening of the John Varvatos boutique in the former CBGB at 315 Bowery. Duffty says of the iconic punk rock venue:
“I never performed at the original CBGB. By the time I moved to New York it was well past it’s prime and only crummy goth bands were showcasing there. Falcon Stuart introduced me to Hilly Krystal in the 90s and we talked about creating a CBGB fashion collection, but sadly nothing came of it. Hilly is a legend, deservedly so. There is nothing like the original CBGB left anywhere in the world now.”
Aside from music Keanan Duffty is a member of the Council Of Fashion Designers Of America (CFDA) and author of Rebel Rebel Anti Style (Rizzoli 2009). Duffty has worked as a design director and guest designer with international brands including Ben Sherman, Reebok, Dr Martens, KidRobot, Aveda and Gola.
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