"Bored With Prozac And The Internet?"
For Rhodes, the journey to becoming TV Mania has taken him from "Planet Earth" to "Planet Fashion," the television show from which the new album samples heavily.
With its spoken-word "vocals," Rhodes' synths, and Cuccurullo's equally experimental guitars, TV Mania's effort is more art project than pop album. It's a line long straddled by Rhodes, the driving force behind Duran Duran for about 35 years.
The pop-friendly elements here can be heard on the band's 1997 album, "Medazzaland," also produced by TV Mania. And songs such as "Paramount" have hints of Rhodes' and Stephen Duffy's The Devils.
Among the other standout tracks are "Euphoria," with its other-worldly vocals, and "People Know Your Name," as well as "Beautiful Clothes."
Rhodes and Cuccurullo have said TV Mania envisions a family allowing its existence to be televised. "Bored With Prozac And The Internet?" encapsulates a vision of the "banality of life" in a world that has been taken over by reality TV.
And TV Mania provides the perfect soundtrack.