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"Come Undone" is the second single from the album Duran Duran (The Wedding Album) by British band Duran Duran, and is their twenty-fourth single overall. With their commercial and critical success re-established by the previous single "Ordinary World", the second release from the album continued to showcase more of the band's entry into the Adult Contemporary genre. "Come Undone" proved to be the group's second consecutive US top ten hit single from The Wedding Album. It was also popular in the UK and other international markets.
The group's guitarist at the time, Warren Cuccurullo, is credited with developing the instrumentation for "Come Undone", most importantly its guitar hook, which he developed while trying to do a re-interpretation of "First Impression" from their 1990 album Liberty. The lyrics were written by vocalist Simon Le Bon as a birthday gift for his wife, Yasmin Le Bon).
The group's bassist, John Taylor, did not actually play bass on this track. Nick Rhodes and John Jones both contributed synth bass on the track during his absence.
The "Come Undone" video was directed by Julien Temple. Shots of the band were filmed in the London Aquarium; these were interspersed with short vignettes of people "coming undone" in various ways. These vignettes include a little girl seeing her parents together, an older couple who have survived a flood, an alcoholic and a man who is revealed to be a cross-dresser. Also seen in the video is a woman struggling underwater to break free of the chains that bind her. Le Bon and Taylor's Vivienne Westwood wardrobe were likely a nod to the band's early New Romantic era.
The single was released in the United Kingdom on 29 March 1993, with the b-side "Ordinary World (Acoustic)". This was the single's official b-side in the UK.
The US was luckier. Across a myriad of formats Capitol put out no less than three new b-sides - "Time For Temptation", "Stop Dead" and an alternate mix of "Fallen Angel".
For collectors, the US releases also contained an alternate mix of "To The Shore" and the first appearance on CD of "The Chauffeur (Blue Silver)" (called "acoustic demo" here, due to the dreadful sound quality).
Meanwhile, to whet UK collectors' appetites, EMI released three album tracks on the second CD, along with the album version of "Come Undone". CD One faired slightly better with the beautiful acoustic rendition of "Ordinary World" propping up three mixes of the title track.
7" edit alternate
Mix 1 Master (aka 12" Mix - Comin' Together)
Mix 2 Master
Churban Mix (aka US Remix)
La fin de siècle
FGI Phumpin' 12"
TV Synth Strings
The song has been covered by the bands Mad at Gravity, Chica Y Los Gatos, Wise Crack and Bachelor Girl, and Fragile Hollow.
"Come Undone" reached #13 on the UK Singles Chart on 10 April, #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 on 17 April, #2 in Canada on 17 June, #19 on the Australia Top 50, #26 on the France Top 50 and #21 on the Sweden Top 40.
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Duran Duran are:
Simon Le Bon - vocals
Nick Rhodes - keyboards
John Taylor - bass guitar
Warren Cuccurullo - guitar
Tessa Niles - backing vocals