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Union of the Snake, by Duran Duran: a Song Review

General Information:

-Album Title: Seven and the Ragged Tiger

-Artist: Duran Duran

-Release Year: 1983

-Song Length: 4:20

-Genre: New Wave, Synthpop

-How to Listen: Spotify (with subscription), Apple Music (with subscription), iTunes (for purchase), CD, or look for it at your local library

-Page of Reference in RP1: 183

Lyrics:

Telegram force and ready
I knew this was a big mistake
There’s a fine line drawing
My senses together
And I think it’s about to break
If I listen close I can hear them singers, oh

Voices in your body coming through on the radio
The union of the snake is on the climb
Moving up it’s gonna race it’s gonna break
Through the borderline

Nightshades on a warning
Give me strength at least give me a light
Give me anything even sympathy
There’s a chance you could be right
If I listen close I can hear them singers, oh

Voices in your body coming through on the radio
The union of the snake is on the climb
Moving up it’s gonna race it’s gonna break
Through the borderline

The union of the snake is on the climb
Moving up it’s gonna race it’s gonna break
Through the borderline

If I listen close I can hear them singers, oh
Voices in your body coming through on the radio
The union of the snake is on the climb
Moving up it’s gonna race it’s gonna break
Through the borderline

The union of the snake is on the climb
It’s gonna race, it’s gonna break, it’s gonna move up
Through the borderline

The union of the snake is on the climb
Moving up it’s gonna race it’s gonna break
Through the borderline

The union of the snake is on the climb
It’s gonna race, it’s gonna break, it’s gonna move up
To the borderline

Review:

This is a Duran Duran song I’m at least familiar with.  I think listening to just two or three songs from a band is really hard to review because you don’t get the chance to feel out what their overall sound is and if they have evolved in their music.

This song is good.  The music makes me want to get up and move…I could vibe to it when I was listening to it for review.  The lyrics are clear and aren’t super repetitive which is a nice change from a lot of what I’ve been listening to lately.

This seems to be a progression of the sound from Duran Duran (though they still do fit firmly in that New Wave of the 1980s sound).  It’s a little fuller…a little more mature.  It feels like the just found “it”.

Not super spectacular.  I’m sure they have other songs I would like more but this one is fine.  It isn’t something I would skip on the radio…but I don’t think it will end up on any of my personal playlists anytime soon.

Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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The Wild Boys, by Duran Duran: a Song Review

General Information:

-Album Title: The Wild Boys (single)

-Artist: Duran Duran

-Release Year: 1984

-Song Length: 4:18

-Genre: New Wave, Rock

-How to Listen: Spotify (with subscription), Apple Music (with subscription), iTunes (for purchase), CD, or look for it at your local library

-Page of Reference in RP1: 38

Lyrics:

Wild boys, wild boys, wild boys
Wild boys

The wild boys are calling on their way back from the fire
In August moon’s surrender to a dust cloud on the rise
Wild boys fallen far from glory, reckless and so hungered
On the razor’s edge you trail because there’s murder
By the roadside in a sore afraid new world

They tried to break us, looks like they’ll try again

Wild boys never lose it
Wild boys never chose this way
Wild boys never close your eyes
Wild boys always shine

You got sirens for a welcome, there’s bloodstain for your pain
And your telephone been ringing while you’re dancing in the rain
Wild boys wonder where is glory, where is all you angels
Now the figureheads have fell
And lovers war with arrows over secrets they could tell

They tried to tame you, looks like they’ll try again

Wild boys never lose it
Wild boys never chose this way
Wild boys never close your eyes
Wild boys always shine

Wild boys, wild boys, wild boys
Wild boys, wild boys, wild boys

Wild boys never lose it
Wild boys never chose this way
Wild boys never close your eyes
Wild boys always
Wild boys never lose it
Wild boys never chose this way
Wild boys never close your eyes
Wild boys always
Wild boys never lose it
Wild boys never chose this way
Wild boys never close your eyes

Review:

I don’t know much Duran Duran.  This is probably the first song of theirs ive listened to on repeat.  Its an interesting song.

I can’t decide if I like it or not.

For the 1980s New Wave/Rock scene it seems to fit well.  Like so many other songs I’ve reviewed there are the simple repetitive lyrics and a pretty simple beat that makes it catchy to the ear.  But the lyrics are more in line with some of the other bands that tell stories.

I can see why someone who likes bands like Rush and The Police would like Duran Duran. 

Honestly it is really easy to make playlists of a lot of this music to listen to because there are a lot of consistencies in the way the songs sound and feel.  It makes for cohesive and smooth playlists (and sometimes confusing ones where I can’t tell who is singing if I can’t look at the titles…).

I get it…decent song. Fits well into the sound that was coming from the scene in the 1980s.

Rating:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.