Boys on film: is Le Bon and Lynch the odd­est hook-up imag­in­able?

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PUSH THE right film di­rec­tor to­wards the right band at the right time and the re­sults can be magic: Martin Scors­ese and The Band, the Maysles brothers and The Rolling Stones, Jonathan Demme and Talk­ing Heads.

Mark Ro­manek was be­hind per­haps the best mu­sic video ever made, for Johnny Cash’s Hurt (a truly re­mark­able piece of work), as well as the Michael and Janet Jack­son Scream video. So great is Ro­manek’s work that some of his mu­sic videos are now part of the per­ma­nent col­lec­tion of New York’s Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art.

Next Wed­nes­day sees the col­lab­o­ra­tion we’ve all been hop­ing for but never be­lieved would ac­tu­ally take place. Be­hind the lens will be the one of the most weirdly won­der­ful direc­tors of his gen­er­a­tion, David Lynch, and on the stage will be . . . Du­ran Du­ran.

No, it doesn’t make sense, and it makes that mooted Justin Bieber/ Aphex Twin col­lab­o­ra­tion seem com­par­a­tively log­i­cal. You have to won­der how much the deep pock­ets of the well-known cred­it­card com­pany bankrolling the whole thing fig­ures in Lynch mak­ing him­self avail­able.

The con­cert is part of the Un­staged se­ries of film and mu­sic col­lab­o­ra­tions, which are streamed free of charge on Vevo/YouTube.

And to be fair to the cor­po­rate back­ers, the se­ries has thrown up some real gems in its brief ex­is­tence. The first two shows were by Ali­cia Keys and Jay-Z, and The Na­tional. The lat­ter con­cert, in an in­spired choice, was di­rected by DA Pen­nebaker, who was be­hind Bob Dy­lan’s Don’t Look Back doc­u­men­tary and also David Bowie’s Ziggy Star­dust and the Spi­ders from Mars con­cert film.

The up­com­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Lynch and Le Bon et al could top them all. Of all the acts you would put on a short­list to be filmed by the di­rec­tor of Blue Vel­vet and Eraser­head, surely a bunch of New Ro­man­tic chancers from Birm­ing­ham would be at the bot­tom.

Valiantly re­sist­ing the lure of re­al­ity TV and the plea­sures of the trout farm, Du­ran Du­ran seem obliv­i­ous to what has been go­ing on around them in the mu­sic world, and they con­tinue tour­ing and push­ing out al­bums.

The weird thing is that the al­bum they are re­leas­ing next week, to co­in­cide with the gig, is one of their best. All You Need Is Now was pro­duced by Mark Ron­son and is pick­ing up su­perla­tive re­views, with even the chin-stroking Mojo mag­a­zine (which usu­ally only gets ex­cited about dead peo­ple) call­ing it “bril­liant”, and not­ing “if you take Roxy Mu­sic, add Kraftwerk and sprin­kle on some Chic – the re­sult is the new Du­ran Du­ran al­bum”.

So per­haps the Lynch col­lab­o­ra­tion does make sense. Af­ter all, what greater chal­lenge for a film-maker than to take a band who, apart from pro­duc­ing the worst ever lyric in the his­tory of pop­u­lar mu­sic (who can for­get “you’re about as easy as a nu­clear war” from Is There Some­thing I Should Know?) are in­fa­mous for wear­ing ca­nary-yel­low silk suits and flounc­ing around a yacht in the Caribbean (the video for Rio).

“The idea is to cre­ate some happy ac­ci­dents,” said Lynch of the up­com­ing show. Cheek­boned key­boardist Nick Rhodes hopes that “the stranger it is, the more beau­ti­ful it will be”.

As long as there are dancing dwarves I’ll be happy.

Is there some­thing we should know? Lynch di­rects Le Bon & com­pany

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