The Uncomfortable Popstar

Stephen Duffy founded Duran Duran then left before they got famous. He then became a pop star in his own right before leaving the world of Top of the Pops for life as a folk troubadour with his much loved band The Lilac Time.

He returned to the spotlight many years later, first as a britpop star in the short-lived supergroup Me, Me, Me, and then as co-writer of Robbie Williams’ huge selling Intensive Care album. He then shuffled back to life outside the public eye, returning to reconvene where he left off with The Lilac Time.

Artbeat popped round to Stephen Duffy’s house in Cornwall for a nice cup of tea and a natter about his music career. Stephen’s first solo album was titled ‘The Ups and Downs’, which turned out to be brilliantly prophetic.

The Lilac Time are celebrating their 30th anniversary this year. To find out more about Stephen Duffy and The Lilac Time, head to