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Privacy
Background information
Information on Warren Cuccurullo
Genre Fan club, website
Founder Cyndi Glass
Commencement date 1993
Warren Cuccurullo

Privacy was Warren Cuccurullo's fan club (1993-1998) and official website (1998-2005).

History[]

Beginnings:[]

Warren Cuccurullo came into Duran Duran at a huge disadvantage, replacing Andy Taylor who was one of the original band members and beloved by its former teenage fan base. He endured years of being ignored by many of the fans, which continued even when he was made an official band member and when he helped hold Duran Duran together. From 1986, when he was first hired to play some parts on the Notorious album, to the Big Thing and Liberty albums, to which he made significant musical contributions, he was largely ignored by many of the fans, which continued even though in 1989 he'd been made an official member of Duran Duran. He had moved to London, set up his own recording studio in his house, and he held the band together to record The Wedding Album, which brought two comeback top 5 hits, "Ordinary World" and "Come Undone," both of which were largely his creation (musically). Interest in Duran Duran grew, and the "Tiger List," an email group for Duran Duran fans, was buzzing with talk of the television appearances, music videos, and another round of success for a band which had been written off by most. Still, most fan attention went to Simon, Nick and John, and even the two original members who had left. Some Duran Duran fans were even openly hostile about Warren.

Meanwhile, two cousins, Cyndi Glass and Amie Rodarmel, were rediscovering Duran Duran from their high school days. Unfamiliar with Duran Duran beyond their radio hits, Cyndi discovered there was something compelling about the Big Thing and Liberty albums, and it wasn't long before she realized what that something was: Warren Cuccurullo. Discovering the three Missing Persons albums and experiencing Duran Duran's newly released Wedding Album and its TV appearances sealed the deal: these two fans had a new favorite band and musician. Getting online in 1993 felt like discovering a new world, especially when Cyndi discovered that on the Tiger-List, where she'd hoped to find more information about Warren, she often instead found herself answering questions other fans asked about him. not to mention defending him once in a while. All this interaction with other fans, several of whom ran fan clubs and published fanzines about Duran Duran, made it obvious: Warren needed and deserved a fan club of his own.

Privacy: The Warren Cuccurullo Fan Club / Fanzine (1993-1998)[]

Beginning in the summer of 1993, the Privacy fan club grew quickly, especially when the 1993-94 Duran Duran tour started and Warren made a lot of headway among Duran Duran fans by being accessible and friendly. The fanzine was put together in Cyndi and Amie's kitchen the old school way, with scissors and glue sticks. The 26 issues, compiled and mostly written by Cyndi, featured news, tour dates, interviews, reviews, Q&A's answered by Warren, online chat transcripts, articles about Frank Zappa and Missing Persons, coverage of Warren's solo albums and shows, jokes, and photographs. Amie supplied drawings, clip art, photography, and assistance with fanzine production & mailing. The issues also included new "Duranimal" cartoons by Malinda McCall; fan-contributed concert reviews and interviews; articles by longtime Missing Persons and Warren fan, Tracey Davenport; and articles from longtime NYC Zappa fan, Gary Titone. During the time the fanzine was being published, Warren released four solo albums and did solo shows in New Jersey, New York, and Los Angeles, in addition to two Duran Duran albums (Thank You and Medazzaland), so there was always plenty to write about.

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The name for the fan club originated partly from the Privacy Studio  in Battersea, South London (UK), where Duran Duran recorded several albums. The studio is a house originally owned by Simon Le Bon, but was sold to Warren Cuccurullo when he moved to London after joining the band in 1989. Cuccurullo set up an intricate home studio for his own use, and the band began using it to record demos with the help of Mark Tinley. It became apparent that the sound quality was equal to anything the band could achieve in a more traditional studio setting.The other meanings of the fan club's name are in homage to Warren's "Privacy Parties" that he would host in hotel rooms on tour and his "Private Parts" music publishing company. The "PRIVACY" logo, on the cover and table of contents page of each issue, was created by Amie, who drew the "I" in "PRIVACY" to resemble Warren's look on his first tour with Duran Duran in 1987 - complete with spiky hair and a long duster jacket.

Privacy: The Official Warren Cuccurullo Website (1998-2001)[]

As much fun as the fanzine was to create, it was not financially sustainable. In 1998, Cyndi discontinued the fanzine and moved as much content as possible online, where everyone could see it for free. The site was built with Word HTML and featured bright aqua text on a black background. The site was built around the fan club folder writings, along with all 26 fanzine issues retyped and uploaded in HTML text-only format. The Duran Duran fandom was as busy as ever, and the News page was updated almost every day. Cyndi continued to do interviews with Warren via fax, as well as phone interviews with others such as Thomas Nordegg (Warren's longtime guitar tech and friend), Wes Wehmiller (WC and DD bassist) and Joe Travers (WC and DD drummer). The new Duran Duran album, Pop Trash, supplied plenty of material and fan-written articles. Warren's mother, Ellen "MamaCuc" Cuccurullo continued to supply information and Duran Duran scoops. There was so much information about Missing Persons that they soon had a "sister website" to Warren's. By early 2001, the cracks in Duran Duran were beginning to show, and when the Duran Duran reunion was announced, Warren announced his own reunion - of Missing Persons - and told Cyndi to spread the word.

Privacy / warrencuccurullo.com / musicandsex.tv (2001-2004)[]

Once Warren left Duran Duran, one of his first projects was to take over the fan-run website, buying a server for it and transitioning it into something commercial, high-tech and much more interactive. The new Privacy website was a three-way partnership of Warren Cuccurullo, Cyndi Glass, and new addition Sarah Eaglesfield, a British fan and computer expert who had the skills to completely revamp and restructure the website into something new. The team was in nearly constant contact, and the time zone differences allowed the new site to be worked on nearly 24/7. The new website was to be a two-part experience, with Warren supplying content to both sides. Besides overall technical site administration and selling merchandise, Sarah was to oversee the new paid membership side of the site - giving access for fans to buy Warren's clothing and download exclusive music mp3s, behind-the scenes videos, and adult content created by Warren. The other side of the site, which remained PG-rated and free to all visitors, was for the content from the original website, as well as news updates, new music, regular Q&A's and interviews with Warren. Cyndi also continued to act as his fan liaison on Duran Duran message boards and email groups, only this time the information came directly from Warren, who had plenty to say about the end of his time in Duran Duran as well as his plans for the Missing Persons reunion and more solo music. This two-sided approach walled off all adult content from fans who did not wish to encounter it, while supplying fans of Warren's music as much content as possible, plus it gave Warren the freedom to completely express himself as much as he liked. Warren released several new songs, some TV Mania material, and some previously-unreleased Missing Persons recordings on the website. The 2001 and 2003 Missing Persons reunions were covered in depth, along with new interviews. As time went on, several new songs were uploaded which eventually became the "N-Liten Up" solo album, and sometime in 2004-05, Warren ended paid memberships and removed all adult content off the site.

Warren's Current Website: https://www.warrencuccurullo.com/[]

During the mid-late 2000's, Warren lost a lot of fan support by becoming involved with Alex Jones and the "911 Truth" movement. The website was overhauled again, this time by someone else, and it now consists mainly of a photo gallery and access to music, which he continues to write, play and produce. Aside from this new version of the website, Warren supplies information and music through Facebook, Twitter, Spotify, and Youtube, which is now the best place to experience his new creations.

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