ARCADIA - The Duran Duran Side Project
By Mark Nobes and Hannah Johnson
Arcadia were formed as a temporary band by Duran Duran members Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes and Roger Taylor (Taylor never appeared in any videos), and are best remembered for their top 10 hit song "Election Day".
While the trio were enjoying a break from performing as Duran Duran between 1985 and 1986, the other two band members, John and Andy Taylor, were developing an interest for modern rock, and joined Robert Palmer and Tony Thompson for the bombastic supergroup The Power Station - Roger Taylor also had a hand in the percussion, making him the only member to perform in both groups.
The side projects were a wise move, and helped to ease any friction that was developing over the musical direction of Duran Duran. I guess, it allowed the band members to kind of reset and reassess the direction that the band should take.
You can listen to a remastered version of The Consensus Mix in the video above. I particularly like the growling sax solo at the end - well worth waiting for!
So Red The Rose
1. Election Day - 5:29
2. Keep Me in the Dark - 4:31
3. Goodbye Is Forever - 3:49
4. The Flame - 4:23
5. Missing - 3:40
6. Rose Arcana - 0:51
7. The Promise - 5:30
8. El Diablo - 6:05
9. Lady Ice - 7:32
Other singles released from the album were "Goodbye Is Forever" (not released in the UK), "The Promise" (#37 - UK) and "The Flame" (#58 - UK).
Arcadia released a fifth and final single in the U.S. entitled "Say The Word" which was from the soundtrack to the movie Playing For Keeps. Released in 1986, the comedy film was about a group of inner-city teenagers trying to turn a hotel into a rock music resort. Other well-known artists who contributed to the soundtrack were Phil Collins, Sister Sledge and Julian Lennon.
Hmm, not sure we remember that film, despite all the high profile artists on that soundtrack!
"Election Day" 12 inch vinyl sleeve front (UK)