80’s Mania Mondays: Seven And The Ragged Tiger

A friend of mine recently saw Duran Duran at the new National Harbor resort near Washington, DC. She described the show as awesome, and as she knows that I have a weekly Monday feature on 80’s music, told me that I had to feature Duran Duran on it.

Consider your request granted, my friend.

Then I began to think of how I would choose which song to feature for today’s post. Using last week as a reference, I went back to my senior year of high school. One of the big albums of that time period was Seven And The Ragged Tiger. Using that and going through my senior year playlist, I found that Duran Duran had three top ten hits from that album. So I decided to feature them all.

Considered as one of the leading groups of the second “British Invasion,” Duran Duran were well on their way towards superstardom by the time Seven And The Ragged Tiger was released. Through their seemingly constant presence on MTV over the previous year, the group had grown from a curiosity to one of the biggest groups in the world. To say that the world was ready for new music from Duran Duran would be an understatement. The first of their three top ten hits, “Union Of The Snake,” debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 two weeks before the release of the album. With another video that shot into heavy rotation in no time, the song powered its way up to the #3 spot, where it stayed for three weeks.

Barely two months later, “New Moon On Monday” debuted on the Hot 100, and made its way up to #10. Needless to say, it too was driven by another video. More proof that Duran Duran was an MTV band if ever there was one.

By the spring of 1984, the third single from the album was released. Armed with a remix by Chic’s Nile Rodgers, “The Reflex” proved to be the album’s biggest hit here in the U.S., going all the way to #1, where it stayed for two weeks. My sister loved this song so much, she bought the 12″ version and played it almost non-stop.

Things would begin to change with the group after the album’s run and the successful world tour. The five members would split into two factions: John and Andy Taylor split off to form The Power Station with Robert Palmer and Chic drummer Tony Thompson. Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes and Roger Taylor worked on a side project called Arcadia. After both projects were finished, Roger Taylor left the group, citing exhaustion. Andy Taylor left for a solo career. The “fab five” as they were known during their 80’s heyday, didn’t all appear on the same stage again until 2003.

Currently four of the five original members (minus Andy Taylor) make up the band, and they are obviously touring, and are still making music (their last album, Paper Gods) was released in 2015. But for a time in the 1980’s, they were one of the biggest bands in the world, driven by music videos and a string of hit records; a few of which figured prominently in my senior year of high school.

Hopefully some of you will have fond memories of these Duran Duran classics, and as always, I thank you for reading and listening.

18 Replies to “80’s Mania Mondays: Seven And The Ragged Tiger”

  1. This was one of my fav bands! I was introduced to Rio before it was released in the US by 2 of my friends who were British exchange students. Seven and the Ragged Tiger was a huge staple in my rotation back in the day. I also loved Duran Duran in the 90’s with the awesome, Ordinary World & Come Undone. As for their side projects, I loved both but was more partial to Arcadia. Great way to start Monday!

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  2. “Union of the Snake” is easily my favorite Duran Duran song… and I like almost all of their 80’s hits. I remember there was a lot of hype on MTV for the premiere of the video for “New Moon on Monday”… back in ’84 when my family first got cable and MTV was first beginning to realize its influence and was creating a lot of anticipation for really expensive and gaudy videos like that one. As for The Reflex… I believe it was one of the two #1 songs (The other being “When Doves Cry”) that kept Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark” stalled at #2, and thus ensuring that The Boss would never have a #1 Top 40 hit in his illustrious career…

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    1. What a fun fact! I didn’t know that! Thanks for sharing it.

      By 1984, MTV as you said was beginning to realize its influence. Helped along by the second British invasion, Michael Jackson, Madonna and rock bands, the channel became the place to watch videos and influenced the music business.

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    1. Oh Kim! So glad to see you here for Duran Duran! Loved how your comment fit in “New Moon On Monday.” Thanks for the kind words…and Duran Duran would have made it on an 80’s Monday with or without my friend’s pleas.

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  3. DEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    All of them are on my top faves list of all time!
    SEVEN AND THE RAGGED TIGER!
    YAAASSSSS!
    We had to do a cheerleading choreography to REFLEX–RE-RE-RE-FLEX-EX-EX!
    YAAASSSSS!

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    1. Let me explain, Twin:

      All of these comments of yours were in SPAM. This after fifty-eleven comments go through! I don’t get WP sometimes.

      Anyway…I got them all out, even your frustration comment. I don’t blame you for feeling frustrated!

      But…most importantly…YASSSS! Got you some Duran Duran in here today (well, Monday). Ain’t it grand? LOL

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      1. You see, what had happened was….
        I told you that happened to me with Ron’s blog one time 😦
        No matter, because you and I are always connected through the musical ethers!

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