Music Flashback: The Reflex

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Duran Duran took over the top spot on Billboard Hot 100 for the weekend of June 23rd, 1984.

They’d hold on to the lead for two weeks with the single “The Reflex” off of the album Seven and the Ragged Tiger.

My older brother owned the album, as I recall. My memory is sometimes spotty, though. He actually texted me last week to remind me that we had the Atari 5200 and not the 7800 that I posted about earlier.

But I seem to remember borrowing his cassette of this album any probably not returning it, which makes me feel bad for my two daughters who will never experience the joy of borrowing albums from each other. They’ll just grab songs off of a shared cloud library of MP3 files, I suppose. Lame.

Okay, enough of the “get off my lawn” stuff.

Actually, looking back on the title of this album reminded me to find out just what the hell it meant. So, thanks Wikipedia.

Seven and the Ragged Tiger is the third studio album by the English pop rock band Duran Duran, released in November 1983… Vocalist Simon Le Bon said the album “is an adventure story about a little commando team. ‘The Seven’ is for us — the five band members and the two managers — and ‘the Ragged Tiger’ is success. Seven people running after success. It’s ambition. That’s what it’s about.”

Okay, cool. Good to know.

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