Released today in 1983: Union Of The Snake



The obscure lyrics and reference in Duran Duran songs have been the subject of articles in this blog before, the opening track of their third studio album for example. The album itself had a strange title: Seven And The Ragged Tiger: “The Seven is for us — the five band members and the two managers — And The Ragged Tiger is success,” Simon Le Bon explained. “Seven people running after success. It’s ambition. That’s what it’s about.” The album’s lead single was Union Of The Snake, which came with more unfathomable words to ponder over. In 1984’s The Book Of Words, a collection of Duran Duran song lyrics, Le Bon suggested that the ‘borderline’ mentioned in the song referred to the line dividing the conscious and subconscious mind; what the cult-like ‘union’ involves remains unclear. (The focus was on visuals rather than the words for this single’s release. The promotional clip was aired on MTV before the demo copies of the single itself had been sent out to radio stations, so the first opportunity to hear it came with the opportunity to see it as well.) Even more difficult to interpret were the lyrics to follow-up New Moon On Monday: “Shake up the picture the lizard mixture/With your dance on the eventide,” Le Bon intones. “I light my torch and wave it for the new moon on Monday/And a firedance through the night/I stayed the cold day/with a lonely satellite.” The album met with mixed reviews.

NEW SINGLES on sale from Oct. 17
SIMPLE MINDS I Travel (Arista ARIST372)
UB40 The Earth Dies Screaming (Graduate GRAD10)
DURAN DURAN Union Of The Snake (EMI EMI5429)
BON JOVI Livin’ On A Payer (Vertigo VER28)
SPARKS Music That You Can Dance To (Consolidated Allied TOON2)
BIG COUNTRY Broken Heart (Mercury BIGC6)
Bryan FERRY Let’s Stick Together (EG EG44)
GUNS N’ ROSES Welcome To The Jungle [Re-issue] (Geffen GEF47)
YAZZ Stand Up For Your Love Rights (Big Life BLR005)


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