Come Undone (Duran Duran song)
|Single by Duran Duran|
|from the album Duran Duran [The Wedding Album]|
|B-side||"Time for Temptation",
|Released||29 March 1993|
|Format||CD single, 12"|
|Recorded||1993; Privacy Studio, London|
|Genre||Alternative rock, ethereal wave|
|Length||4:38 (Album version)
|Label||EMI, Capitol - DD 17|
|Duran Duran singles chronology|
With their commercial and critical success reestablished by the previous single "Ordinary World", "Come Undone" continued to showcase more of the band's entry into the adult contemporary genre. The single proved to be the group's second consecutive US top ten hit from The Wedding Album. It was also popular in the UK and other international markets.
About the song
The group's guitarist at the time, Warren Cuccurullo, is credited with developing the instrumentation for "Come Undone", most importantly its guitar hook, which he developed while trying to do a re-interpretation of "First Impression" from their 1990 album Liberty. In 2005, Cuccurullo revealed to author Steve Malins that he and Nick Rhodes had originally planned on using the song for a project outside of Duran Duran with Gavin Rossdale, but had changed plans when singer Simon Le Bon took a liking to the music and began to come up with lyrics on the spot.
Rhodes expanded on the song's creation during the album's 20th anniversary in 2013. "It was something that Warren and I started writing alongside some other stuff that we’d been playing around with, and Simon came in and heard what we were doing. He said, 'Wow, I love that!’ And so it became a Duran Duran song. [Simon] came up with a really great melody – we already had the 'can’t ever keep from falling apart' section – and he very quickly made it his, or himself part of it". The song was included as a last minute addition to their self-titled album in 1993, with the lyrics being written by Le Bon as a gift for his wife, Yasmin.
The group's bassist, John Taylor, did not actually play bass on this track, although he does in the music video. Nick Rhodes and John Jones both contributed synth bass on the track during his absence. Tessa Niles was credited with backing vocals. The song also contains a sample from The Soul Searchers' song "Ashley's Roachclip".
According to John Jones, "at the time we had completed and mastered the Wedding Album and had started the cover album "Thank You". One day we took the drum loop and bass groove from a demo of mine called "Face to Face" and added the ultra cool guitar riff that Warren had come up with for a new "cover" version of "First Impression". After a couple of hours of tweaking we played the track over the phone to Capitol in Los Angeles and they loved it and said they wanted it on the Wedding album! When Nick arrived that afternoon the intro was carved into a song that we played to Simon that night. He was back the next day with the lyrics and the melody and I think we finished the vocals the day after that. On the fourth day we finished the track detail and sent it to David Richards in Switzerland to be mixed."
The "Come Undone" video was directed by Julien Temple. Shots of the band were filmed in the London Aquarium; these were interspersed with short vignettes of people "coming undone" in various ways. These vignettes include a little girl seeing her parents together, an older couple who have survived a flood, an alcoholic and a man who is revealed to be a cross-dresser. Also seen in the video is a woman struggling underwater to break free of the chains that bind her. LeBon and Taylor's Vivienne Westwood wardrobe were likely a nod to the band's early New Romantic era.
A portion of the music video can be seen in the "No Laughing" episode of the MTV show Beavis and Butt-head, which was aired on July 1993.
B-sides, bonus tracks and remixes
The single was released in the United Kingdom on 29 March 1993, with the B-side "Ordinary World (Acoustic Version)". This was the single's official B-side in the UK, along with two official remixes of "Come Undone".
In the US however, three new, original compositions written during the album's production were featured as B-sides - "Time for Temptation", "Stop Dead" and "Falling Angel". For collectors, the US releases also contained an alternate mix of "To the Shore" and the first appearance on CD of "The Chauffeur (Blue Silver)".
List of remixes
- "Mix 1 Master" (aka "12" Mix - Comin' Together")
- "Mix 2 Master"
- "Churban Mix" (aka "US Remix")
- "La Fin de Siècle"
- "FGI Phumpin' 12""
- "Come Undub"
- "TV Synth Strings"
Covers, samples, & media references
The song has been covered by the bands Mad at Gravity, Sonnet to Sleep, Bachelor Girl, Home Grown, Cavo, It Dies Today, My Darkest Days, Gio[disambiguation needed], Roxy Girls, Raylon Cooper, and Adrenaline Mob.
"Come Undone" reached No. 13 on the UK Singles Chart on 10 April, No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 on 19 June, No. 2 on the U.S Airplay and Top 40 Mainstream, No. 12 on the Alternative rock chart, No. 19 on the Adult Contemporary chart, No. 2 in Canada on 17 June, No. 19 on the Australia Top 50, No. 26 on the France Top 50 and No. 21 on the Sweden Top 40. It was a major hit in Israel, spending 8 weeks at the top of the chart and breaking the record for the longest run in the charts. Israel was the only country where the song hit number 1.
End of year charts
"The Chauffeur" shown on the CD inlay as a Demo Version but in fact is the acoustic version from the B side of the single release of "Rio"
- Too Much Information (1993)
Duran Duran are:
John Taylor did not play bass guitar during recording of this song, despite being a member of the band at that time.
- Malins, S: Duran Duran - Notorious: The Unauthorized Biography, page 221. Carlton Publishing Group, 2005.
- Duran Duran’s ‘The Wedding Album’ Turns 20: Backtracking
- "Australian-charts.com – Duran Duran – Come Undone". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
- Belgian peak
- Canada peak
- "Duran Duran: Come Undone" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
- "Lescharts.com – Duran Duran – Come Undone" (in French). Les classement single.
- "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
- "Chart Track". Irish Singles Chart.
- "Italiancharts.com – Duran Duran – Come Undone". Top Digital Download.
- "Charts.org.nz – Duran Duran – Come Undone". Top 40 Singles.
- "Swedishcharts.com – Duran Duran – Come Undone". Singles Top 60.
- "Billboard Top 100 - 1993". Retrieved 27 August 2010.
- The Duran Duran Timeline: 1992
- The Duran Duran Timeline: 1993
- Duran Duran Collection: Come Undone CDs
- Full lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics