Enough is enough! If you’re totally done with the overbearing news coverage, incessant negative ads, and all of the rest of the sunshine and lollipops this election cycle has burdened the American people with… well, maybe The Nest can help you get through just one… more…. day with a little help from the musical war chest of forgotten contenders we like to call the Dusty Vinyl Archive! On this Monday before the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, the people’s champion DJ Scratchy’s got her subwoofers blaring and perfectly balanced on both the left and the right, while the Sponkies have found the perfect lost hit to celebrate that time of year we have so come to dread…
The year was 1985, and at the top of Planet Earth’s A-list of elite pop music talent was a British new wave act by the name of Duran Duran. Their albums Rio and Seven and the Ragged Tiger were both knee deep in chart-topping hits… and the redundantly named group even managed to do what no artist before or since has ever accomplished… take the theme from a James Bond movie to the top of the US Hot 100 charts. Sitting at the pinnacle of their success, there was only one logical thing for the members of Duran Duran to do….. break the fuck up.
OK, Duran Duran didn’t actually disband… they just went on a short hiatus in 1985. But the odd thing was that during this break, the five members of the band split up to form two entirely new groups. The most successful of these DD-spinoffs, and a band that is still remembered well to this day, was The Power Station… consisting of Robert Palmer, Tony Thompson (from Chic) and DD alums Andy and John Taylor (no relation). Power Station’s brand of rock was a lot harder edged than what the Wild Boys from the Taylors’ past played, and their videos featured fewer men in weird Halloween costumes and more scantily clad women… which is always a crowd pleaser.
As for the rest of Duran Duran… lead singer Simon LeBon, Nick Rhodes and Roger Taylor (Yes, Duran Duran is the only group in history to have three unrelated members with the same surname… I’d assume that’s true anyway) formed a side project called Arcadia. Despite featuring the heavy hitters that made Duran Duran so popular, Arcadia was definitely the weaker of the two spinoff bands. They managed only one album which spawned a lone Top 20 hit (#6)… and that’s our featured DVA track today, “Election Day.”
While Power Station was more into heavy drums, screaming guitars and Robert Palmer’s trademark video vixens… Arcadia retained Duran Duran’s signature new wave sound and artsy fartsiness. In fact, because Arcadia was composed of DD’s most recognizable members and sounded so much like the group it supposedly split off from… “Election Day” is often miscredited to Duran Duran by those who don’t know their 80’s music.
One last interesting fact about this song. The spoken part during the intermezzo…. that’s voiced by none other than Nest favorite Grace Jones!
DJ Scratchy and The Nest will continue making earworms great again next Monday…