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The Flame
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single by Arcadia
B-side "Flame Game" (Yo Homeboy Mix)
Released July 1986
Recorded 1985
Studio Studio de la Grande Armée, Paris, France
Format 7", 12"
Genre Art rock, new wave, synthpop
Length 4:23 (Album Version)
4:06 (7" Remix)
7:18 (Extended Remix)
Label Capitol, Parlophone
Writer(s) Taylor, Rhodes, Le Bon
Producer(s) Alex Sadkin

"The Flame" is the fourth single by Arcadia, released from the album So Red the Rose by Capitol-Parlophone in 1986.

This was the group's third UK single.

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.

The song features a theatrical arrangement and catchy, hook-filled chorus. This is probably the Arcadia song that comes closest to sounding like Duran Duran.

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

Music video[]

The campy, slapstick video was made in the retro style of an Edwardian-era drawing room murder mystery à la Agatha Christie and Alfred Hitchcock. The storyline revolved around a series of comic disasters that befall an awkward, nerdish character (played by Simon Le Bon) and his girlfriend while visiting a haunted house. Nick Rhodes plays the debonair host of the dinner party at the house, and he frequently uses Simon as his comic stooge for a number of macabre and mildly sadistic sight gags throughout the video. Various unsavory bits of business ensue with revolving walls, trapdoors and mysterious assassins hidden behind paintings and within exotic taxidermied animals. The slapstick comic interplay between Nick and Simon is faintly reminiscent of Abbott and Costello.

At one point, John Taylor leans out of a closet with a contract for the band to sign.

The video's treatment is said to have been written by Nick and the various near-fatal pratfalls that occur to Simon's character was intended as punishment for his decision to enter the Fastnet boat race that almost cost him his life.

In fact, Simon was in the middle of the South American leg of another race (the Whitbread Round the World Race) when he had to fly to Spain in April to shoot the video. He then flew straight back to join his team in Uruguay.

The video was directed by long time Duran Duran collaborator Russell Mulcahy.

B-sides, bonus tracks and remixes[]

All officially released remixes of "The Flame" - the 'Single Remix,' 'Extended Remix' and the 'Yo Homeboy Mix' - were done by Nile Rodgers.

Track listing[]

7": Parlophone / NSR 3 (UK)

  1. "The Flame" (Remix) - 4:06
  2. "Flame Game" (Yo Homeboy Mix) - 2:49

12": Parlophone / 12 NSR 3 (UK)

  1. "The Flame" (Extended Remix) - 7:12
  2. "Flame Game" (Yo Homeboy Mix) - 2:49
  3. "Election Day" (Early Rough Mix) - 8:58

Other appearances[]




Arcadia are:


Also credited:


I could feel the breeze blowing change
Blowing through my doorway
Warm and restless just as you walked by
Inside of smoky halls
A circle drawn
And voices call
To raise some magic wind in my world
Strange coincidence each time you look my way
This sinking feeling scares me
Know my weakness call it dejavu
Never puy my trust in fate 
Suprises do arrive so late
Why should I be suprised by you

Straight to the heart straight for this precious shining
How do you dare 
Step into my flame
One from the heart, one for this precious shining
How can you steel my flame

Sometimes cards are drawn and the tables turn
The waiting game is over
Take this dealers hand and steal away the dawn
Never give me any chance to wander back from this innocence
Don't give me any chances at all

Straight to the heart straight for this precious shining
How do you dare 
Step into my flame
One from the heart, one for this precious shining
How can you steel my flame
My flame
My flame

See also[]


Simon Le BonNick RhodesJohn TaylorRoger Taylor
Andy TaylorWarren CuccurulloSterling Campbell

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