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Election Day
single by Arcadia
B-side "She's Moody and Grey, She's Mean and She's Restless"
Released October 1985
Recorded 1985
Studio Studio de la Grande Armée, Paris, France
Format 7", 12"
Genre Art rock, new wave, synthpop
Length 4:30 (Single Version)
8:39 (Consensus Mix)
8:27 (Cryptic Cut No Voice Mix)
9:06 (Cryptic Cut/Fact and Story Mix)
Label Capitol, EMI, Parlophone
Writer(s) Taylor, Rhodes, Le Bon
Producer Alex Sadkin

"Election Day" is the first single by Arcadia, released from the album So Red the Rose by Capitol-EMI-Parlophone in October 1985.

About the song[]

The song was written and performed by Arcadia, a pop group formed in 1985 by Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes and Roger Taylor of Duran Duran, during a break in that band's schedule.

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.

The song features James Bond A View to a Kill actress Grace Jones contributing vocals.

Music video[]

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.

B-sides, bonus tracks and remixes[]

There were many mixes of "Election Day" that were completed (and rumor has it there are still more that remain unreleased) but for the most part, there are a total of six known mixes:

  • Single Version (aka 7" Mix)
  • The Consensus Mix
  • She's Moody And Grey, She's Mean And She's Restless
  • Cryptic Cut (No Voice)
  • An Early Rough Mix
  • Cryptic Mix (aka Fact and Story Mix)

Of these, the most difficult to find was the UK promotional-only "Cryptic Mix (aka 'Fact and Story Mix')".

It was released on a single-sided, unlabeled 12" single to the UK clubs. Nick and Simon have referred to this mix as the 'Cryptic Mix', and should not be confused with the 'Cryptic Cut (No Voice)' which lacks the political spoken-word dialogue near the end of the tune. It eventually surfaced on the remix bootleg Heaven's Eyes.

"She's Moody And Grey, She's Mean And She's Restless", is an instrumental version of "Election Day". The title comes from the first verse. It was released as a B-side on both the 12" and 7" singles.

'An Early Rough Mix' was released as a B-side track on "The Flame" 12" single.

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

Covers, samples, & media references[]

"Election Day" is still commonly used during televised coverage of elections in the United States.

This is also the only Arcadia song that has been performed live. On Duran Duran's Strange Behaviour Tour, they did a medley of "Election Day" and The Power Station single "Some Like It Hot". This medley has been called "Maximum Big Surprise" on various bootlegs.

Track listing[]

7": Parlophone / NSR 1 (UK)

  1. "Election Day" (Single Version) - 4:30
  2. "She's Moody And Grey, She's Mean And She's Restless" - 4:28
  • B-side is an instrumental version of "Election Day"

12": Parlophone / 12 NSR 1 (UK)

  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

12": Parlophone / 12 NSRA 1 (UK)

  1. "Election Day" (Cryptic Cut No Voice Mix) - 8:27
  2. "Election Day" (Single Version) - 4:30
  3. "Election Day" (Consensus Mix) - 8:39

12": Parlophone / PSLP393 (UK)

  1. "Election Day" (Cryptic Mix aka Fact and Story Mix) - 9:06
  • 1-sided UK promotional test pressing

Other appearances[]





Arcadia are:


Also credited:


Wild kind of look to the day
Opening eyes impale neon flickers
She moon she turning away
The city's her slave but he's cheating his mistress
She's moody and gray
She's mean and she's so restless (so restless)
All over you as they say
Rumours or rivals yell at the strike force
Hi guys, by the way
Are you aware you're being illegal
It's making your saviour behaviour look evil
'scuse my timing but say
How d'you fit in with this flim, flam and judy

Maximum big surprise
Your smile is something new
I pull my shirt off and pray
We're sacred and bound
To suffer the heatwave
Pull off my shirt and pray
We're coming up on re-election day

Stretching my luck down the way
To your invitation stretching my body
Use your intuitive play
'cause maybe we have more play time than money

Maximum big surprise
She knows something new
I pull my shirt off and pray
I'm saving myself
To suffer the heatwave
Pull off my shirt and pray
We're coming up on re-election day

By roads and backways
A lover's chance downwind
Cut open murmurs and sounds
Becalm hands on the skin
Carry further oh...
Entangled strands all sing
Saving some time to slip away
We could die oh...

Shouldn't be asking
Wild and scheming
Could be my election day

Maximum big surprise
Your smile is something new
I pull my shirt off and pray
We're sacred and bound
To suffer the heatwave
Pull off my shirt and pray
We're coming up on re-election day

Re-election day

See also[]

Simon Le BonNick RhodesJohn TaylorRoger Taylor
Andy TaylorWarren CuccurulloSterling Campbell

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