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"Election Day"
by Arcadia

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Song details
SoRedTheRose albumcover fairuse Track number 1
from the album
So Red the Rose
Next track: Keep Me in the Dark
Length: 4:30
Writer(s): Arcadia
Producer(s): Alex Sadkin
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Single details
UK release: October, 1985
US release: October, 1985
Label: Capitol, Parlophone
Format(s): 7", 12"
B-side(s): "She's Moody..."
Peak chart positions:
#7  UK Singles Chart
#6  US Hot 100

Arcadia singles chronology
"Election Day" "Goodbye Is Forever"

Election Day was the first single released by the Duran Duran off-shoot band, Arcadia. It was released by EMI on the Parlophone Records label in October 1985.

About the songEdit

When Smash Hits published the lyrics in their magazine, they published the complete lyric, which included a verse that was subsequently dropped from the released version of the song:

Don't even try to induce, In all my restrain there's no hesitation
All the signs on the loose 'cause sanity's rare this end of the hard day
Shadows are crawling out of the subway
Any way that you choose in every direction just to confuse me

The song features James Bond actress Grace Jones contributing vocals.

Music videoEdit

The dark and moody video — with Gothic imagery inspired by Jean Cocteau's 1946 film, La Belle et la Bête — was shot in and around Paris in late September 1985. It was directed by Roger Christian.

B-sides, bonus tracks and remixesEdit

There were many mixes of "Election Day" that were completed (and rumor has it there are still more that remain unreleased) but for the most part, there are a total of six known mixes:

Single Version (aka 7" Mix)
The Consensus Mix
She's Moody And Grey, She's Mean And She's Restless
Cryptic Cut (No Voice)
An Early Rough Mix
Cryptic Mix (aka 'Fact and Story Mix')

Of these, the most difficult to find was the UK promotional-only "Cryptic Mix (aka 'Fact and Story Mix')".

Election Day Cryptic Mix

It was released on a single-sided, unlabeled 12" single to the UK clubs. Nick and Simon have referred to this mix as the 'Cryptic Mix', and should not be confused with the 'Cryptic Cut (No Voice)' which lacks the political spoken-word dialogue near the end of the tune. It eventually surfaced on the remix bootleg Heaven's Eyes.

"She's Moody And Grey, She's Mean And She's Restless", is an instrumental version of "Election Day". The title comes from the first verse. It was released as a B-side on both the 12" and 7" singles.

'An Early Rough Mix' was released as a B-side track on "The Flame" 12" single.

This was the first Duran Duran-related single to have more than one remix of the lead track, a trend that would continue on "Notorious" a year later.

Covers, samples, & media referencesEdit

"Election Day" is still commonly used during televised coverage of elections in the United States.

This is also the only Arcadia song that has been performed live. On Duran Duran's Strange Behaviour Tour, they did a medley of "Election Day" and the Power Station single "Some Like It Hot".

Track listingEdit

7": Parlophone / NSR 1 (UK)Edit

  1. "Election Day [single version]" (4:30)
  2. "She's Moody And Grey, She's Mean And She's Restless" (4:28)
  • B-side is an instrumental version of "Election Day"

12": Parlophone / 12 NSR 1 (UK)Edit

  1. "Election Day [Consensus Mix]" (8:39)
  2. "Election Day [single version]" (4:30)
  3. "She's Moody And Grey, She's Mean And She's Restless" (4:28)

12": Parlophone / 12 NSRA 1 (UK)Edit

  1. "Election Day [Cryptic Cut No Voice Mix]" (8:27)
  2. "Election Day [single version]" (4:30)
  3. "Election Day [Consensus Mix]" (8:39)

12": Parlophone / PSLP393 (UK)Edit

  1. "Election Day [Cryptic Mix aka Fact and Story Mix]" (9:06)
  • 1-sided UK promotional test pressing

Other appearancesEdit





Arcadia are:

Also credited:

Simon Le BonNick RhodesJohn TaylorRoger Taylor
Andy TaylorWarren CuccurulloSterling Campbell

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