For a short while Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes and Roger Taylor of Duran Duran had some time on their hands, so they formed the occasional formation Arcadia (in fact a previous project), that in the end made no more than one album. ‘So Red the Rose’ was successful nevertheless.
Two paintings of French artist Nicolas Poussin, dedicated to ‘Les bergers d’Arcadie’ (the Arcadian shepherds) provided the idea for the group and project name. The canvases display among others a tomb on which the ambiguous Latin inscription ‘Et in Arcadia ego’ is discernible. The translation probably is something like ‘even in Arcadia I exist’ (there is life after death!), or, a bit less dramatic: ‘the person buried in this tomb lived in Arcadia’.
Active: 1985-1986, GBR