|Duran Duran - Seven And The Ragged Tiger (1983)|
This was their third album, coming after their self-titled debut and the hugely successful Rio. Recorded at George Martin's Air Studios in Monserrat and finished in Sydney, it produced three singles that went top ten on both sides of the Atlantic; New Moon On Monday, Union Of The Snake and the no.1 smash The Reflex.
The latter was extensively remixed from the less punchy album version by Nile Rodgers, as the record company didn't think it was good enough to be a single. The difference between the two versions is enormous - the album version seems very low-key in comparison to the bombastic, world-conquering single.
Here are the boys performing it on Top Of The Pops in 1984. Well, miming to it anyway.
The album went to no.1 in the UK and no.8 in the US.
Spotify: Duran Duran – The Reflex Duran Duran – New Moon On Monday
Duran Duran – Union Of The Snake Duran Duran – Tiger Tiger