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Come Undone
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single by Duran Duran
B-side "Ordinary World" (Acoustic)
"Stop Dead"
"Falling Angel"
"Time for Temptation"
Released 29 March 1993
Recorded Privacy Studio, London
Format 7", 12", Cassette, CD
Genre Soft rock, Synth pop
Length 4:15 minutes (Edit)
4:38 minutes (Single Version)
Label Capitol, EMI
Writer(s) Duran Duran
Producer Duran Duran
Duran Duran

"Come Undone" is the second single from the album Duran Duran (The Wedding Album) by Duran Duran, and is their twenty-fourth single overall. The single was released by Capitol-EMI in 1993.

About the song[]

With their commercial and critical success reestablished by the previous single "Ordinary World", the second release from the album continued to showcase more of the band's entry into the Adult Contemporary genre. "Come Undone" proved to be the group's second consecutive US top ten hit single from The Wedding Album. It was also popular in the UK and other international markets.

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.

The lyrics were written by vocalist Simon Le Bon as a birthday gift for his wife, supermodel Yasmin Le Bon).

The group's bassist, John Taylor, did not actually play bass or participate in the writing of this song. He was at his home in Los Angeles, and was considering leaving the band at the time of the song's recording.

“Maybe I wished I’d played on Come Undone,” he told the BBC. “I’d gone back to LA. We’d put that album to bed and I said: ‘I’m not coming back for one more song.’ Maybe it would have been a different song if I’d been there, maybe it wouldn’t have been such a great song. But I’m not one for regrets.”[1]

Music video[]

The "Come Undone" video was directed by Julien Temple. Shots of the band were filmed in the aquarium at the London Zoo; 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 woman putting some alcoholic powder into the blender 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. Le Bon and Taylor's ruffled Vivien Westwood shirts were likely a nod to the band's early New Romantic era.

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). This was the single's official B-side in the UK.

The US were luckier. Across a myriad of formats Capitol put out no less than three new B-sides - "Time for Temptation", "Stop Dead" and an alternate mix of "Fallen 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) (called "acoustic demo" here, due to the dreadful sound quality).

Meanwhile, to whet UK collectors' appetites, EMI released three album tracks on the second CD, along with the album version of "Come Undone". CD One faired slightly better with the beautiful acoustic rendition of "Ordinary World" propping up three mixes of the title track.


  • "Come Undone" (Album Version) - 4:38
  • "Come Undone" (Edit) - 4:15
  • "Come Undone" (7" Edit Alternate) - 3:58
  • "Come Undone" (FGI Phumpin' 12") / (FGI Phumpin' Mix) - 8:14
  • "Come Undone" (La Fin De Siècle) - 5:25
  • "Come Undone" (Mix 1 Master) / (12" Mix - Comin' Together) - 7:23
  • "Come Undone" (Mix 2 Master) - 5:24
  • "Come Undone" (Come Undub) - 4:47
  • "Come Undone" (US Remix) / (Churban Mix) - 4:16
  • "Come Undone" (TV Synth Strings) - 5:00
  • "Come Undone" (12" Dub Mix) - 5:57
  • "Come Undone" (Dub Mix) - 5:04

Covers, samples, & media references[]

The song has been covered by the bands Mad at Gravity, Chica Y Los Gatos, Wise Crack , Bachelor Girl, Fragile Hollow, and Carina Round.

Chart positions[]

"Come Undone" reached #13 on the UK Singles Chart on 10 April, #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 on 17 April, #2 in Canada on 17 June and #1 in Israel.

Track listing[]

7": Parlophone DD 17 (UK)

  1. "Come Undone" (Edit) - 4:15
  2. "Ordinary World" (Acoustic Version) - 5:05

MC: Capitol 4KM 44918 4 (US)

  1. "Come Undone" (Album Version) - 4:31
  2. "Come Undone" (Mix 2 Master) - 5:26
  3. "Time for Temptation" - 4:07

CD: Parlophone CD DDS 17 (UK)

  1. "Come Undone" (Edit) - 4:15
  2. "Ordinary World" (Acoustic Version) - 5:05
  3. "Come Undone" (FGI Phumpin' 12") - 8:14
  4. "Come Undone" (La Fin De Siècle) - 5:25
  • This CD came in a 2xCD case that also housed CD DDP 17.

CD: Parlophone CD DDP 17 (UK)

  1. "Come Undone" (Album Version) - 4:31
  2. "Rio" - 5:33
  3. "Is There Something I Should Know?" - 4:05
  4. "A View to a Kill" - 3:33
  • This CD was released a picture disc.

CD: Capitol C2 0777 7 15969 2 6 (US)

  1. "Come Undone" (Album Version) - 4:41
  2. "Come Undone" (Mix 1 Master) - 7:23
  3. "Skin Trade" (Parisian Mix) - 8:10
  4. "Stop Dead" (4:32)
  • "Mix 1 Master" actually "12" Mix - Comin' Together"

CD: Capitol C2 0777 7 15981 2 8 (US)

  1. "Come Undone" (US Remix) - 4:20
  2. "Fallen Angel" (Alternate Version) - 3:54
  3. "To The Shore" (Alternate Album Version) - 4:03
  4. "The Chauffeur" (Acoustic Demo) - 3:50
  • Called "Come Undone 2"
  • "US Remix" actually "Churban Mix"
  • "Acoustic Demo" actually "Blue Silver" version (B-side to "Rio" single)

CD: Capitol DPRO-79660 (US - Promo)

  1. "Come Undone" (Edit) - 4:15
  2. "Come Undone" (Mix 2 Master) - 5:26
  3. "Come Undone" (La Fin De Siecle) - 5:25
  4. "Come Undone" (Album Version) - 4:41

CD: Capitol DPRO-79749 (US - Promo)

  1. "Come Undone" (Churban Remix) - 4:17
  2. "Come Undone" (12" Dub Mix) - 5:57
  3. "Come Undone" (Dub Mix) - 5:04
  • labelled "The Churban Mixes"

CD: Part of the "Singles Box Set 1986-1995"

  1. "Come Undone" [Edit]" (4:15)
  2. "Ordinary World" (Acoustic Version) - 5:05
  3. "Come Undone" (FGI Phumpin' 12") - 8:14
  4. "Come Undone" (La Fin De Siècle) - 5:25
  5. "Come Undone" (Album Version) - 4:31
  6. "Rio" - 5:33
  7. "Is There Something I Should Know?" - 4:05
  8. "A View to a Kill" - 3:33

Other Appearances[]




Duran Duran are:



  • John Taylor - bass guitar (did not contribute to the song)


Mine, immaculate dream made breath and skin
I've been waiting for you
Signed, with a home tattoo,
Happy birthday to you was created for you

(can't ever keep from falling apart
At the seams
Can't I believe you're taking my heart
To pieces)

Oh, it'll take a little time,
Might take a little crime
To come undone now

We'll try to stay blind
To the hope and fear outside
Hey child, stay wilder than the wind
And blow me in to cry

Who do you need, who do you love
When you come undone

[Verse 2]
Words, playing me deja vu
Like a radio tune I swear I've heard before
Chill, is it something real
Or the magic I'm feeding off your fingers

(Can't ever keep from falling apart
At the seams
Can I believe you're taking my heart
To pieces)

Lost, in a snow filled sky, we'll make it alright
To come undone now

See also[]

Simon Le BonNick RhodesJohn TaylorRoger Taylor
Andy TaylorWarren CuccurulloSterling Campbell

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