Duran Duran’s 1993 comeback surprised a lot of people, including me. I’d been a Durannie since I was 8 or 9, so to see them dip and then reverse in popularity was kinda gratifying.
“Come Undone” was the second single from their second self-titled effort (commonly known as The Wedding Album), and it’s the best single not made during their imperial phase (which, for my money, began with “Planet Earth” and ended with “All She Wants Is”.) As I’m scanning their catalog in my head, I think I can make the argument that “Come Undone” was their last five-star song to date (anything is possible).
Duran Duran’s music has always been a bit on the sexy side, but “Come Undone” is slinky and mysterious in the way that Duran seemed to be aiming for all along. If the band (in John Taylor’s infamous words) were looking to synthesize Chic and Roxy Music, “Come Undone” might be the perfect marriage of those two bands. I find it interesting that John Taylor actually didn’t play bass on this song.
Of all the songs that have used the “Ashley’s Roachclip” sample, “Come Undone” is one of the least dated-sounding.