Election Day (song)

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"Election Day"
7" single sleeve
Single by Arcadia
from the album So Red the Rose
B-side"She's Moody and Grey, She's Mean and She's Restless"
ReleasedOctober 1985
RecordedStudio de la Grande Armée, Paris
  • 4:30 (Single Version)
  • 8:39 (Consensus Mix)
  • 8:27 (Cryptic Cut No Voice Mix)
  • 9:06 (Cryptic Cut/Fact and Story Mix)
LabelParlophone - NSR1
Producer(s)Alex Sadkin
Arcadia singles chronology
"Election Day"
"Goodbye Is Forever"
Music video
"Election Day" on YouTube

"Election Day" is the first single released by the Duran Duran offshoot band, Arcadia.[1]

It was released by Parlophone Records in October 1985 and subsequently hit the Top 10 on both sides of the Atlantic, peaking at No. 6 in the US and No. 7 in the UK. The single reached the Top 5 in New Zealand and Ireland, but was especially popular in Italy, where it topped the chart for seven consecutive weeks.[2] Along with the Arcadia members, "Election Day" features Grace Jones on vocals and speech segments.

About the song[edit]

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

This additional verse was also included in the lyrics which were printed on the back of the sleeve of the Cryptic Cut No Voice release.

Music video[edit]

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. There was a short cameo appearance by William S. Burroughs. A documentary film was made on the filming and production of the music video.[3]

Official remixes[edit]

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

There were a total of seven mixes of "Election Day":

  • Album Version 5:29 - Original mix; all except the Early Rough Mix are different permutations of this version.
  • Single Version 4:30 - Edited Album Version.
  • Consensus Mix 8:39 - 12" and promo video version.
  • "She's Moody and Grey, She's Mean and She's Restless" 4:28 - Instrumental B-side; the title comes from the song's first verse.
  • Cryptic Cut/Fact and Story Mix 9:06 - Largely instrumental, featuring extended passages and a short 'political speech'.
  • Cryptic Cut No Voice 8:27 - The Cryptic Cut mix, with the speech edited out.
  • Early Rough Mix 9:04 - An early, mostly instrumental version.

Formats and track listing[edit]

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
  • Track 1 is also known as "7 Inch Mix".
  • 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
  • Track 2 is also known as "7 Inch Mix".

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
  • Track 2 is also known as "7 Inch Mix".

12": Townhouse. / PSLP393 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Election Day" (Cryptic Cut / Fact and Story Mix) - 9:06
  • 1-sided UK promo, unlabeled
  • This version was later referred to by LeBon and Rhodes as "Cryptic Cut".
  • The name "Fact and Story Mix" comes from the spoken word part in the mix and was first referred to by this name on a bootleg remix album.


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[4] 13
Belgium (Ultratop 50)[5] 14
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[6] 8
Germany (GfK)[7] 21
Ireland (IRMA)[8] 5
Italy (Hit Parade Italia)[9] 1
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[10] 12
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[11] 4
Norwegian Singles Chart[12] 7
Switzerland (Swiss Hitparade)[13] 18
UK Singles Chart[14] 7
US Billboard Hot 100[15] 6

Other appearances[edit]




Arcadia are:

Also credited:

Covers, samples, & media references[edit]

"Election Day" is still popular with televised election coverage in the U.S.[citation needed]

On Duran Duran's 'Strange Behaviour' tour, they performed a medley of "Election Day" and the Power Station single, "Some Like It Hot".


  1. ^ Van Matre, Lynn (November 24, 1985). "Duran Duran Spawns Yet Another New Band: Arcadia Scales The Charts". Chicago Tribune.
  2. ^ "Top Settimanali Single". Hit Parade Italia. Retrieved 24 January 2018. Select year "1985" and weeks "23/11" onwards; year "1986", week "04/01"
  3. ^ "Filming Election Day" - September 1985, Paris, France. Video.
  4. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  5. ^ "ultratop.be". Hung Medien (in Dutch). Ultratop. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 43, No. 14". RPM. 14 December 1985. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  7. ^ "germancharts.de" (in German). Media Control. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  8. ^ "The Irish Charts - IRMA". IRMA. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  9. ^ "www.hitparadeitalia.it Indice per Interprete: (see entry for Arcadia)". Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  10. ^ "dutchcharts.nl". Hung Medien. MegaCharts. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  11. ^ "charts.org.nz". Hung Medien. Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  12. ^ "norwegiancharts.com". Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  13. ^ "der Schweizer Hitparade" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  14. ^ "OfficialCharts.com". Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  15. ^ "Billboard - The Hot 100, 14 December 1985". Billboard. Retrieved 10 June 2017.

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