Electric Barbarella

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"Electric Barbarella"
Single by Duran Duran
from the album Medazzaland
Released 16 September 1997 (1997-09-16)
(see Release history)
Format 12" And CD Single
Recorded 1997
Genre Alternative Rock, Electronic Rock, Electronica
Length 5:15
Label EMI, Capitol - ELEC 2000
Writer(s) Duran Duran
Producer(s) TV Mania
Duran Duran singles chronology
"Out of My Mind"
"Electric Barbarella"
"Someone Else, Not Me"

"Electric Barbarella" is the 29th single by Duran Duran, and the first official single from the album Medazzaland. In 1997, the single and album were released only in the United States; "Electric Barbarella" was not issued as a single in the UK until January 1999 on the back of the late 1998 release of the compilation album Greatest.

The band's previous single, "Out of My Mind", was another track from Medazzaland, but was released as a single from The Saint soundtrack album instead.

About the song[edit]

"Electric Barbarella" is a direct tribute to the 1968 Roger Vadim film Barbarella, from which the band took their name.

It has been touted as the first song available for digital purchase/download on the Internet, however, this is heavily disputed as songs had been available for download and purchase on the internet since 1992. Dozens of different mixes were created from the song. A Dom T mix exclusive to the Internet was available for download in the US for 99 cents. This pioneering move annoyed many American retailers as they saw it as infringing on their retail territory and they either refused to stock the album, or provided very little, or sometimes no, promotion of the disc.

Music video[edit]

The video, directed by photographer Ellen von Unwerth, involved a robot sex doll played by American model Myka Dunkle. Simon Le Bon stated during an interview with Carson Daly on Total Request Live that von Unwerth specifically requested to use Dunkle, despite the fact that the band had other models and friends, including Sophie Dahl (who does appear in several scenes in the video), in mind due to her background as a dancer, and her ability to "do the mime that would actually make her appear to be a robot."[1] The video had to be mildly censored before receiving airplay on MTV or VH1; by the time the modified video was delivered, the song had already fallen off the charts.

B-sides, bonus tracks and remixes[edit]

The b-side for "Electric Barbarella" was a mix of their previous single, "Out of My Mind".

Numerous remixes were issued on various promo releases and on the internet.[2]

List of Remixes[edit]

  • “Electric Barbarella” (Album Version) 5:16
  • “Electric Barbarella” (Edit) / (Radio Edit) 4:16
  • “Electric Barbarella” (Single Edit) 3:58
  • “Electric Barbarella” (Single Edit/No Solo) 4:00
  • “Electric Barbarella” (Tee's Club Mix) 5:50
  • “Electric Barbarella” (Tee's Speed Dub) 6:24
  • “Electric Barbarella” (Tee's Dance Mix) 6:09
  • “Electric Barbarella” (Tee's Radio Mix) / (Tee's Radio Edit) 4:04
  • “Electric Barbarella” (Tee's Capella) 2:13
  • “Electric Barbarella” (TNT In-House Mix) 5:18
  • “Electric Barbarella” (TNT Radio Mix) 3:23
  • “Electric Barbarella” (All Fired Up Mix) / (Dom T Remix) 7:09
  • “Electric Barbarella” (Internet Only Mix) / (Dom T Remix Edit) 4:16
  • “Electric Barbarella” (Barbarella Bonus Beats) 4:41
  • “Electric Barbarella” (The Americruiser Remix) 6:17
  • “Electric Barbarella” (The Yo Shorty Americruiser Remix) 5:05
  • “Electric Barbarella” (The Electric Sex Remix) 5:06
  • “Electric Barbarella” (The Electric Sex Instrumental Remix) 5:04

Media references[edit]

The cosmetics company Hard Candy was preparing to launch a colour of nail polish named "Electric Barbarella" at the same time the single was released, but had to halt it because the proper permissions had not been received from the owners of the Barbarella name.

Chart positions[edit]

The song was released on 16 September in the United States, and peaked at No. 52 on the Billboard Hot 100 on 1 November and one year later reached No. 23 in UK singles charts. Due to the debacle over it's download release, temporary censoring of the music video and late release to other markets the single is generally considered to have under-performed.

Release history[edit]

Region Date
United States 16 September 1997 (1997-09-16)
United Kingdom January 1999 (1999-01)

Track listing[edit]

7": Capitol / S7-724381972175 (U.S.)[edit]

  1. "Electric Barbarella" (album version) - 5:15
  2. "Out of My Mind" (album version) - 4:16

CD: Capitol / C2 7243 8 58674 0 8 (U.S.)[edit]

  1. "Electric Barbarella" (album version) - 5:15
  2. "Electric Barbarella" (Tee's Club mix) - 5:41
  3. "Electric Barbarella" (All Fired Up mix) - 7:09
  4. "Out of My Mind" (Perfecto mix) - 5:51
  5. "Sinner and Saint" - 4:06
  6. "Electric Barbarella" (Video - director's cut) - 4:50

CD: EMI / CD ELEC 2000 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Electric Barbarella" (Edit) - 4:15
  2. "Girls on Film" (Tin Tin Out Radio mix) - 4:51
  3. "Electric Barbarella" (Tee's Radio Mix) - 4:05
  • Released November 1998
  • Also released on MC - TC ELEC 2000

12": Capitol / Y 7243 8 58674 1 5 (U.S.)[edit]

  1. "Electric Barbarella" (Tee's Club mix) - 5:54
  2. "Electric Barbarella" (Tee's Dance mix) - 6:16
  3. "Electric Barbarella" (All Fired Up mix) - 7:12
  4. "Electric Barbarella" (Barbarella Bonus Beats) - 4:49

12": EMI / 12 ELEC 2000 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Electric Barbarella" (Tee's Club Mix) - 5:54
  2. "Electric Barbarella" (Electric Sex mix) - 5:02
  3. "Girls on Film" (Salt Tank Mix) - 6:27
  • Released November 1998

12": Capitol / SPRO 12098 (U.S.)[edit]

  1. "Electric Barbarella" (Tee's Club Mix)
  2. "Electric Barbarella" (Tee's Speed Dub)
  3. "Electric Barbarella" (Tee's Dance Mix)
  4. "Electric Barbarella" (TNT In-House Mix)
  5. "Electric Barbarella" (Tee's Capella)
  • US promo 12" labelled "Todd Terry Remixes"

12": Harvest / SPRO 7087 (U.S.)[edit]

  1. "Electric Barbarella" (Electric Sex Remix)
  2. "Electric Barbarella" (Electric Sex Instrumental)
  3. "Electric Barbarella" (Americruiser Remix)
  4. "Electric Barbarella" (Yo Shorty Americruiser Remix)
  • US promo 12"


  1. "Electric Barbarella (Internet-only mix)" - 4:20 [Dom T. remix edit]
  2. "Electric Barbarella (Dom T Remix)" - 7:08
  • First commercially downloadable song; sold for 99 cents

CD: Capitol / sampler (U.S.)[edit]

  1. "Electric Barbarella" (edit)
  2. "Planet Earth"
  3. "Save A Prayer"
  4. "The Reflex"
  5. "Come Undone"
  6. "Is There Something I Should Know?"
  7. "Too Much Information"
  8. "Notorious"
  9. "The Chauffeur" [live from Arena]
  10. "Hungry Like The Wolf"
  11. "A View to a Kill"
  12. "Rio"
  13. "Girls on Film"
  14. "Ordinary World"
  15. "Electric Barbarella" (album version)
  • US promo digi pack

Other appearances[edit]

Aside from the single, the song has also appeared on:


Duran Duran are:

Other credits[edit]


  1. ^ MTV's Total Request Live Nov. 1997
  2. ^ Tom McClintock's Duran Duran discography PDF (216 KiB)

External links[edit]