1980s Bands: Nightmares in Wax Meets Duran Duran – an Excellent Dub Version of the single, Black Leather.
Above Photo: The inside sleeve to Nightmares In Wax EP, Birth of a Nation. (I’m pictured playing bass to the right of Pete Burns’ head.)
I was recently sent a link to a Nightmares in Wax song, Black Leather, slowed down and overdubbed on the official Duran Duran video for Girls on Film by someone called JZ Knights (I have added the You Tube link below). It’s very well done and still amuses me to see Simon Le Bon singing and to hear Pete Burns’ voice booming out. He’s also slowed the track down and I think it works well with what he’s done with the video.
Although I got a credit for playing bass on the single (see above), which came out when I was in Nightmares In Wax in 1980, I didn’t actually play on it, as it was recorded shortly before my time in the band. Shortly after I left, the band changed its name to Dead or Alive, and I was on the dole in Liverpool, working out my next move.
This important period is well-covered in my Punk and New Wave memoir, Bombed Out!
One thing that struck me about watching the dub video version of Black Leather, was the uncanny similarity between my former band member and guitarist Mick Reid, who did play on the single and who also co-wrote the song, and a member of Duran Duran.
In the opening seconds of the video, this Duran Duran guy, caught fleetingly in front of a mirror, looks so like Mick Reid that I had to go back and check to see if he had been somehow spliced in by JZ Knights; but no…
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This is the Black Leather/Duran Duran dub on Vimeo:
This is the Duran Duran official Girls on Film video
And this is the real Black leather track by Nightmares In Wax.