The single was released in the UK on 5 February 1982 on 7" and 12", with the same mix appearing on both formats; however a subsequent U.S. 12" remix (also known as the "Jazz Remix") appears on several ABC compilations and as a bonus track on reissues of The Lexicon of Love. An alternate, lounge music-styled version of this song, entitled "Theme from Mantrap," was released as the B-side of "Poison Arrow" in the UK and "The Look of Love" in the US. The UK 12" single additionally included an instrumental version of "Theme From Mantrap" under the title "Mantrap (The Lounge Sequence)". The band's first UK hit "Tears Are Not Enough" was the B-side of "Poison Arrow" in the US.
In the music video, ABC's frontman Martin Fry plays three roles — as a haughty upper-class opera patron, as a messenger boy at the opera, and as a bandleader at a 1960s-style swinging nightspot — and, in all three roles, unsuccessfully attempts to woo the leading lady, played by Lisa Vanderpump, later of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.