The MTV era of music was by far the best and gave us thousands of great (and not so great) music videos to accompany our favorite songs on the radio. As a fun way to rediscover these weird, ground-breaking, sexy, epic, and just plain fun visual masterpieces, I'll be offering my very own bodacious breakdowns which will include stills from the video and my off-beat commentary. The featured video will either be selected at random or suggested by you!
Arcadia "Election Day"
Released: October 1985
Album: So Red The Rose
Peak Position on U.S. Billboard Pop Chart: #6
Today being "Super Tuesday" with several US states holding a primary election, I thought it would be fun to breakdown "Election Day" by Arcadia. This was the first single released by the Duran Duran off-shoot band featuring Simon Le Bon, Roger Taylor and Nick Rhodes. It became a worldwide hit and the most successful from their lone album. Grace Jones was a guest vocalist on the track.
The music video was shot in and around Paris in September 1985. It was directed by Roger Christian and inspired the 1946 French film La Belle et la Bete (Beauty and the Beast.) A short documentary called Arcadia: Filming Election Daywas also released in 1987. The famous American novelist William S.Burroughs has a cameo role in the music video.
For the sake of time, I'll be using the shorter 4.5-minute version but there is also a long version. Watch the video and then check out my bodacious breakdown...