Stephen Anthony James Duffy (born 30 May 1960, Alum Rock, Birmingham, England) is an English singer/songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He was a founding member and vocalist/bassist of Duran Duran. He went on to record as a solo performer under several different names, and is the singer and songwriter for The Lilac Time with his older brother Nick. He has also co-written with Robbie Williams and Steven Page.
In 1982, he created the band Tin Tin, with John Mulligan and Dik Davis (both then of Fashion), Andy “Stoker” Growcott (of Dexys Midnight Runners) and Bob Lamb (original producer of Birmingham band UB40). The band was signed with WEA Records in the UK, and released the song, “Kiss Me”, which went to no. 155 on the UK chart. By 1983, Tin Tin had signed with Sire Records in the US, and “Kiss Me” hit the dance charts there as well.
A re-recorded “Kiss Me” single was released in 1984, this time only in the local West Midlands area, followed by a nationwide release of “She Makes Me Quiver”. At the end of 1984, Duffy recorded a third version of “Kiss Me” with Nicholas Froome and J.J. Jeczalik. The new version of “Kiss Me” was released on 25 February 1985. It debuted at no. 22 and peaked at no. 4, selling 250,000 copies in three weeks and staying in the UK Top 10 for five weeks altogether.
The first version of “Kiss Me” released in the UK in 1982 and the US in 1983 was remixed by Francois Kevorkian and on some versions of the 12″ single, these mixes are referred to as the “U.S. Remix” and “U.S. Instrumental”.
Kiss Me (Vocal) 7:28
Kiss Me (Instrumental) 5:28