PalmSprings Life Review: Keanan Duffty launches his new band Slinky Vagabond

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Fashion people don’t always like to admit it, says Keanan Duffty, but many of their most rebellious and scene-shifting looks trace directly to music: The Sex Pistols popularized punk. David Bowie gave us glittery glam rock. Marilyn Manson mainstreamed goth. Kurt Cobain bequeathed grunge. The list goes on.

“Fashion likes to think it’s leading trends, but the industry takes so much from music,” says Duffty, a fashion designer and musician. (He launches a streetwear line next year, and his band, Slinky Vagabond, drops a new album Dec. 6.) “There was a golden age: Before wearing fashion became a revenue stream for musicians, they were getting their friends to make clothes for them, doing stuff that looked like it was from another planet. I always loved the way musicians look, whether it was James Brown in his amazing jumpsuits or Freddie Mercury and all the wild glam.”

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Slinky Vagabond are in Forbes Magazine!

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For about 40 years, Keanan Duffty has built a long and award-winning career in fashion design. The New Yorker by way of Doncaster, England, started his own fashion label under his name in 1998, dressed the Sex Pistols for their 2003 U.S. tour, and collaborated with David Bowie in 2007 on a clothing line inspired by the legendary rocker for Target. Additionally, Duffty is the founding Program Director of the Masters in Professional Studies-Fashion Management at the Parsons School of Design. But amid his impressive resume in fashion, Duffty never forgot the other creative passion in his life since the late 1970s: making music.

 Duffty's current project is the band Slinky Vagabond, which the British singer and songwriter fronts with Italian musician and producer Fabio Fabbri. The sound of their new album King Boy Vandals (due out December 6 on CD and vinyl) recalls '70s glam rock, '80s New Wave and post-punk, and '90s alternative rock augmented by electronic music influences. Further shoring up the band's sound,King Boy Vandals also features guest appearances by the likes of Midge Ure (Ultravox), Tony Bowers (Simply Red, the Durutti Column), Richard Fortus (Love Spit Love, Guns N’ Roses), Dave Formula (Magazine), and Martin Turner (Wishbone Ash).  

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At the Barrier: King Boy Vandals is one of the best album of the year

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Slinky Vagabond – King Boy Vandals: Album Review


A genuine genre tester of a set from Slinky Vagabond and friends.

Release Date: 6th December 2021

Label: Independent 

Format: Digital / CD

Too young to live and much too fast to die,” sing the pair of Slinky Vagabonds, Keanan Duffty and Fabio Fabbri (ably assisted by Midge Ure) on Prima Donna, the strident opening cut on King Boy Vandals.

It’s a bold philosophy from the Glam-Art Rockers who’ve found that the lockdown proved “a good time to rope in some of our buddies who might have some time on their hands.” Keanan must have quite some little black book with the likes of EarlSlick, Clem Burke and Glen Matlock in early incarnations of the band and a lifetime of collaborations in different forms whose names are etched deep in the annals of music history.

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Slinky Vagabond in Yorkshire Post : a new review for their latest album

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In 2003 he dressed the re-formed Sex Pistols and four years later worked with David Bowie on a clothing line for the US retailer Target. He was also stylist for the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s tribute to Bowie in 2016.

The synergy between fashion and music has long interested Duffty – going all the way back to Sordid Details, the punk band that he formed in South Yorkshire in 1978, when he was just 14. “We rehearsed in my dad’s garage and made a real racket, and did a few shows, the school gymnasium and the village hall,” he recalls. “It was a lot of fun. We also made our own T-shirts.”

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All About Rock talks about the new Slinky Vagabond album

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SLINKY VAGABOND readies KING BOY VANDALS For Release on Vinyl and Compact Disc December 6, 2021

20th September 2021 By JOHN DEAUX

Slinky Vagabond is a concept band that originally formed in 2007 and became an integral part of the New York club scene and performed at celebrations for Joey Ramone’s Birthday Bash alongside the New York Dolls, Fashion Week’s Gen Art and Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp and Marc Bolan’s 30th Anniversary Show alongside Patti Smith, Tom Morello, Joan Jett and Ronnie Spector. They release their album ‘King Boy Vandals’ on December 6th.

The band’s ethos was built with guest collaborations at its core and this has remained the same since 2007. The band’s original lineup featured Keanan Duffty – the current driving force behind the band – Earl Slick (David Bowie, John Lennon), Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, Rich Kids), Clem Burke (Blondie, The Ramones) and Pete Shelley (Buzzcocks) on backing vocals. They were structured like hip hop bands that construct songs on features, tracks and featured a veritable slew of collaborations.

‘King Boy Vandals’ carries on that tradition. Longtime friend and collaborator of Keanan Duffty Fabio Fabbri, guitarist, producer and songwriter, produced the record, co-wrote the songs and played guitar. There are guest appearances from Midge Ure (Ultravox/Visage/Live Aid co-founder), Dave Formula (Magazine/Visage), Richard Fortus (Guns N’ Roses/Psychedelic Furs), David Torn (David Bowie/David Sylvian), Tony Bowers (Durutti Column/Simply Red) and Martin Turner (Wishbone Ash).

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