|single by Arcadia|
|B-side||"Flame Game" (Yo Homeboy Mix)|
|Studio||Studio de la Grande Armée, Paris, France|
|Genre||Art rock, new wave, synthpop|
|Length||4:23 (Album Version)|
4:06 (7" Remix)
7:18 (Extended Remix)
|Writer(s)||Taylor, Rhodes, Le Bon|
This was the group's third UK single.
About the songEdit
The campy, slapstick video was made in the retro style of an Edwardian-era drawing room murder mystery à la Agatha Christie and Alfred Hitchcock. The storyline revolved around a series of comic disasters that befall an awkward, nerdish character (played by Simon Le Bon) and his girlfriend while visiting a haunted house. Nick Rhodes plays the debonair host of the dinner party at the house, and he frequently uses Simon as his comic stooge for a number of macabre and mildly sadistic sight gags throughout the video. Various unsavory bits of business ensue with revolving walls, trapdoors and mysterious assassins hidden behind paintings and within exotic taxidermied animals. The slapstick comic interplay between Nick and Simon is faintly reminiscent of Abbott and Costello.
At one point, John Taylor leans out of a closet with a contract for the band to sign.
The video's treatment is said to have been written by Nick and the various near-fatal pratfalls that occur to Simon's character was intended as punishment for his decision to enter the Fastnet boat race that almost cost him his life.
In fact, Simon was in the middle of the South American leg of another race (the Whitbread Round the World Race) when he had to fly to Spain in April to shoot the video. He then flew straight back to join his team in Uruguay.
The video was directed by long time Duran Duran collaborator Russell Mulcahy.
B-sides, bonus tracks and remixesEdit
All officially released remixes of "The Flame" - the 'Single Remix,' 'Extended Remix' and the 'Yo Homeboy Mix' - were done by Nile Rodgers.
7": Parlophone / NSR 3 (UK)
- "The Flame" (Remix) - 4:06
- "Flame Game" (Yo Homeboy Mix) - 2:49
12": Parlophone / 12 NSR 3 (UK)
- "The Flame" (Extended Remix) - 7:12
- "Flame Game" (Yo Homeboy Mix) - 2:49
- "Election Day" (Early Rough Mix) - 8:58
- Grace Jones - backing vocals
- Alex Sadkin - producer and engineer
I could feel the breeze blowing change Blowing through my doorway Warm and restless just as you walked by Inside of smoky halls A circle drawn And voices call To raise some magic wind in my world Strange coincidence each time you look my way This sinking feeling scares me Know my weakness call it dejavu Never puy my trust in fate Suprises do arrive so late Why should I be suprised by you Straight to the heart straight for this precious shining How do you dare Step into my flame One from the heart, one for this precious shining How can you steel my flame Sometimes cards are drawn and the tables turn The waiting game is over Take this dealers hand and steal away the dawn Never give me any chance to wander back from this innocence Don't give me any chances at all Straight to the heart straight for this precious shining How do you dare Step into my flame One from the heart, one for this precious shining How can you steel my flame My flame My flame
| Simon Le Bon • Nick Rhodes • John Taylor • Roger Taylor|
Andy Taylor • Warren Cuccurullo • Sterling Campbell
|COMPILATIONS and EP's|
"Planet Earth" • "Careless Memories" • "Girls on Film" • "My Own Way" • "Hungry Like the Wolf" • "Save a Prayer" • "Rio"• "Is There Something I Should Know?" • "Union of the Snake" • "New Moon on Monday" • "The Reflex" • "The Wild Boys" • "A View to a Kill" • "Notorious" • "Skin Trade" • "Meet El Presidente" • "I Don't Want Your Love" • "All She Wants Is" • "Do You Believe in Shame?" • "Burning the Ground" • "Violence of Summer (Love's Taking Over)" • "Serious" • "Ordinary World" • "Come Undone" • "Too Much Information" • "Perfect Day" • "White Lines" • "Out of My Mind" • "Electric Barbarella" • "Someone Else Not Me" • "(Reach Up for The) Sunrise" • "What Happens Tomorrow" • "Nice" • "Falling Down"
|Arcadia • Power Station • Neurotic Outsiders • The Devils|
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