Vote Unicorn

Slightly less evil than either of the two choices you'll have tomorrow.

Slightly less evil than either of the two choices you’ll have tomorrow.

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…

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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.

Yoko Ono wouldn't have had it any other way...

Yoko Ono wouldn’t have had it any other way…

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.

Yeah, Madonna ripped her cone bra off from The Power Station...

Yeah, Madonna ripped the cone bra look off from The Power Station…

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!

Too sexy for Robert Palmer.

Too sexy for Robert Palmer.

DJ Scratchy and The Nest will continue making earworms great again next Monday…

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25 Responses to Vote Unicorn

  1. I can’t remember this song… but I LOVE… there is Grace inside :o)

  2. Love love love. Thank you for this stylish and creative blast.

  3. Piglove says:

    Snorts with piggy laughter. It has a great beat Dick and you can dance to it. Snorts – this is the first time we heard it – hilarious! XOXO – Bacon

  4. And don’t forget to build that shelf. I figured you don’t need a wall, but a shelf … maybe you can get the possums to pay for it.

    • LOL! I really DO need another shelf! I bought two more things this morning and have absolutely no where to put them. I already have critters piled on top of other critters. Maybe I’ll have to start deporting some of the undesirables that have fallen out of favor…

  5. franhunne4u says:

    I have never heard of Arcadia, let alone this song … Might have something to do with me being from a tiny village in Germany, our radio stations were not doing edgy songs.

    • One of the reasons I featured this song is because it’s not well remembered at all… and the group itself probably even less. They should’ve just stuck to being Duran Duran, and this would’ve probably been another one of their big hits that didn’t get quickly forgotten about…

  6. I’ll “ditto” everyone else’s comments because I never heard this song nor have I heard of Arcadia. Interesting…..It’s got some interesting visuals that’s for sure!

    Pam

    • It’s a great music video in the Duran Duran tradition of cutting edge and weird. I love videos where the acting is in perfect time with the music, and this is definitely one of those!

  7. fanrosa says:

    Dammit! I was licking my chops getting ready to go on a Bang a Gong screed and here you take a sharp turn and go all Arcadia on me….

    Meanwhile wasn’t there a band where all of the unrelated members had the same last name? That was kind of the whole point of the Ramones, right? (I said, I said, that was a joke, son, ha!)

    Power Station Trivia (not really a Fun Fact): Tony Thompson died like a month after Robert Palmer.

  8. Trisha says:

    I didn’t know any of these facts about Duran Duran. Really, all I ever knew about them was that they were responsible for Rio and Hungry Like the Wolf!

    • The alternate band trivia was something I didn’t even learn until about a decade ago… and I remember Power Station from back in the day but was unaware it had a couple guys from Duran Duran in it. Speaking of DD, those guys had some great music videos well beyond the classic Rio and Wolf. My absolute favorite Duran Duran song AND video is Union of the Snake, which came a year after both of those songs…

  9. Aw…muzak from the 80’s. Be still my beating heart! Any Duran Duran-ish interlude makes for a good day. Thanks!

  10. AMEN!! But I didn’t like most of the music from the 80s. I am a 60s and 70s girl! 😉

  11. draliman says:

    I vaguely remember Power Station but not Arcadia. I found this song to be a bit “bleugh” to be honest. It was hard to discern an actual tune most of the time… perhaps the harder rock and video women of Power Station would be more my thing 🙂

    • It’s not up there with Duran Duran’s best work for sure… and maybe not even Power Station. But after kinda being disappointed in it myself when I first refreshed my memory with the song last week, I found myself listening to it again, and again, and again…..

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