From The Desk Of The Lilac Time’s Stephen Duffy: Champagne And Other Beverages

Stephen Duffy was the first singer in a little band called Duran Duran. He left them in 1979 and began a series of other musical projects before settling into the Lilac Time almost three decades ago with brother Nick. The band’s latest album is No Sad Songs. Stephen Duffy will be guest editing all week.


Ruinart blanc de blanc
Pol Roger (Hitler’s favourite)
Blonde on Blonde
Roget’s Thesaurus

Duffy: I really love to drink champagne. It cheers people up. When they wake in the middle of the night and start to worry, I wish I could be there with a very cold glass of champagne and a cheery grin. I hate the way the role of champagne fairy has been overlooked in civilization; it could solve everything. I also hate the way pubs are closing here. Not that proper boozers ever sold champagne. I went for a drink with Nick Rhodes in a pub once. I wish I could remember the name as it seems important. I want to say it was on Constitution Hill, but that seems unlikely. What I do know is it was 1978 and Rob Lloyd was there having a drink with Una Baines. We asked for pink gin not knowing that it was just gin with Angostura bitters. Teenagers in late-’70s Birmingham didn’t make a habit of drinking neat gin. Twenty-two years later, when we resumed our work together, Nick would make out he’d never been in a pub. I would never contradict a friend, but I remembered Una Baines and could never forget pink gin.

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