The long-lost TV Mania album Bored with Prozac and The Internet? has finally seen the light of day – a full 17 years after Nick Rhodes (pictured) of Duran Duran conceived it with former Duran Duran guitarist Warren Cuccurullo.
“We were busy recording a Duran album when Simon [Le Bon] hit a brick wall with the lyrics… which happens. So we thought we'd do something else,” says Rhodes. It comprises samples and lyrics snatched from television shows. When Rhodes presented it to the record company it was swiftly rejected.
“They were eager for a new Duran album, and I had brought them a patchwork quilt of samples.”
Rhodes is also exhibiting a collection of original photographs, Bei Incubi, in London, inspired by TV Mania's new album. The arty photographs all feature the same girl in a series of provocative guises.
Rhodes has more than 150,000 prints in his archive, but this only his second exhibition.
'Bored with Prozac and the Internet?' is out now. Bei Incubi, The Vinyl Factory Chelsea, London SW3 (www.thevinylfactory.com) to 5 April