guitarist Andy Taylor rose to staggering heights of fame with
Duran Duran in the mid-'80s. The son of a small-village fisherman,
Taylor taught himself guitar, bass, and drums and began playing
professionally at age 13. He'd already gigged with several bands
(even releasing an A&M single, "Teenage Girls," with the group
Motorway) when he answered a Melody Maker ad for a "live-wire
guitarist" and hopped a train to Birmingham to audition for Duran
Duran (Nick Rhodes, John Taylor, Roger Taylor, and ultimately
Simon LeBon). The band's phenomenal video-fueled success shot
Taylor and the other members into the teen heartthrob stratosphere.
married Tracey Wilson, a hair stylist who had worked with the
fashionable fivesome, and opened a wine bar in Whitely Bay named
Rio. Andy and John Taylor (no relation) enlisted Robert Palmer
and Tony Thompson in the successful but short-term side project
the Power Station. Taylor then left Duran Duran in 1985 amongst
money to burn, he hauled Sex Pistol Steve Jones along for his
solo inaugural, Thunder, which quickly fell from the charts. Taylor
contributed to the American Anthem and Tequila Sunrise soundtracks
and toured the U.S. Taylor worked again with Robert Palmer and
produced Rod Stewart. He also collaborated with the British band
Thunder on Back Street Symphony and Laughing on Judgement Day.
Taylor's second solo offering, Dangerous, dropped in 1990 and
complied his renditions of heavy '70s classics like "Live Wire"
and "Space Station No. 5." Taylor rejoined the Power Station for
a second outing, Living in Fear, followed by a tour. At the end
of the century, Taylor was still recording and performing with
Thunder's Luke Morley. — Doug Stone
from All Music Guide
from Stacy: Andy was also featured on the Miami Vice 2 Soundtrack
with the song "When The Rain Comes Down". He also worked with
Belinda Carlisle on her first solo album and appears in her video
"Mad About You". Luke Morley & Andy Taylor recorded an EP also
called "The Spanish Sessions".