Duran Duran have shared another preview of their upcoming Halloween-themed album Danse Macabre. It’s a cover of Talking Heads’ de facto spooky anthem “Psycho Killer,” with an assist from Victoria De Angelis of Måneskin.
In a press release, De Angelis said that Talking Heads’ Tina Weymouth was one of her biggest influences when she began playing bass. Meanwhile, Duran Duran bassist John Taylor lauded De Angelis as “probably the most important electric bassist out there right now.” He recalled: He continued: “I met a couple of the guys from Måneskin at a party and they said, ‘you’ve got to meet our bass player.’ She’s such a dynamo! I was like ‘what inspired you?’ and Vic said, ‘Tina Weymouth.’ So when Psycho Killer made the cut for the album, I thought, ‘I’m gonna ask her if she’d like to have a bass-off!’”
“I then got a call from John months later saying he was working on a cover of ‘Psycho Killer’, and he wanted to ask me first about playing on it. It was insane being asked by one of the greatest bass players ever to play one of my favorite songs with Duran Duran. Absolutely insane. I’m so grateful and honoured, it was so much fun recording together with John and he was so sweet to me and encouraged me to express myself and play it my own way. I’ll always remember that day.”
While it’s hard to top David Byrne’s original “Psycho Killer,” Duran Duran and De Angelis give the tune a glam-rock inspired spin while staying faithful to its creators. Stream it below.
Duran Duran have teased Danse Macabre with its title track — which we named Song of the Week — and “Black Moonlight.” The album is out this Friday, October 27th. Meanwhile, Måneskin have international tour dates throughout the year, which you can get tickets for here.