I've written below of the influence that Dostoevsky and Ingmar Bergman had on the creation of Absinthe: New European Writing but perhaps I should fess up to the influence of all the '80s Brit pop I listened to. And, to be honest, it didn't stop in the '80s with Duran Duran, Depeche Mode, Tears for Fears, etc. Just last month the guys from Birmingham, Duran Duran, released a new album (sorry for the anachronism)--Red Carpet Massacre--that was partially produced by Timbaland and Justin Timberlake. As might be expected by the presence of the two Timbs, Red Carpet Massacre has some tunes that could keep the bodies moving in the NYC and LA nightclubs (and, yes, in the Absinthe office ... thankfully no YouTube videos will be showing up). Perhaps Simon LeBon was drinking absinthe (or reading Absinthe) when he penned the deep lyrics to the chorus for the song "Tempted": That is gonna tempt you/ oh yeah/ like you know it's meant to/ oh yeah/ devil gonna tempt you/ oh yeah/ how much do you want to?