Interview: Duran Duran Bassist John Taylor Talks About The Band's Biggest Hits

“White Lines” (1995)

Album: Thank You

John Taylor: “I just always loved the song. I just thought we could do a really killer version of it. I don’t know if you know the history of that. But you know, Grandmaster Flash, they stole that bassline from Liquid Liquid. This sort of alternative New York band. I think it was Mark Ronson who turned me on to the original. When I heard the original, I couldn’t believe it. So that was the bassline that started for a young New York band. It kind of got lifted by Sugarhill Records. And then we took it. It’s just a great track. We toured with Grandmaster Flash and Melle Mel and it was just a real high point. And radio at that time, nobody wanted to know. “You can’t do this. You can’t have rappers. What are you? Are you rock or are you rap?” The timing was so wrong for that cut, but I loved the video for that track. It’s one of those songs—and people just go crazy for it.”

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