By Richard Bendell
Like so many other big and long-time fans of Duran Duran, I was initially drawn in by the band’s great music from the very first time I got to ‘hear’ songs, which were from the album RIO, and shortly after when we then got the chance to ‘experience’ their songs through their ground-breaking videos. Of course, it wasn’t long after that when I also became impressed by their personalities, creativity, unique presence and great energy. But, really it was and has always been all about their music first and foremost for me.
And, through all the ups, and even the downs I’ve followed, believed and supported them for over 3 decades now since 1982, and still do. There were some tough years after the band splintered down to three in 1986. But, redemption came with The Wedding Album and they’ve rebuilt and proven themselves many times over that they are not only just a great band from the 80’s, but a great band, period!
Now, we know and have learned so much about Duran over the years that it’s a bit hard to imagine there might be anything much new that we might still discover. And, it would seem even less likely that it would be something that would literally take us right back to the glory years of the band as they were working fervently on their third album with the unmistakable title of Seven and the Ragged Tiger.
Well, 2015 is here and we’re all getting back into the regular swing of things. Here is a link to a little New Year treat from ten and a half years ago in July 2004, (seems hard to believe), that drops us right beside Ian Little, and our favourite band back in 1983.
Despite having the same first name as the writer of the article, Richard Buskin, I have no connection with the Sound on Sound article CLASSIC TRACKS: ‘The Reflex’ at all other than luckily stumbling across it yesterday afternoon on December 20th.
Simply put, it is the best, most in-depth and honest article I’ve ever read about the band, the good, the great and not-always-so-great moments. It is truly a refreshingly honest and detailed look focused primarily at the intricacies of making of the album, and a sense of what it was like for Ian Little and the Fab 5 at that magical point in time.
It’s not quite the same of course as the Classic Albums DVD of Rio, beyond the fact it is a printed article, as funny enough the band isn’t quite center stage, or not always even its central focus. Rather, it brings us readers closer than ever before into the whole process of what it was like to make 7ATRT, sharing what happened before and during the recording sessions, with a stream of wonderful insights and all the ebbs and flows in between along with a dramatic dash to the finish line. In fact, Ian Little was arguably the sixth member of the band for that album, so perhaps it could even have been called Eight and the Ragged Tiger.
Regardless of whether 7ATRT is on your top list of favourite Duran Duran albums or not, this article is literally ‘a treasure that was lying in the dark.’
And, if you haven’t seen it before, I really hope you enjoy it reading it as much as I did!
(My sincere thanks to Amanda and Rhonda of the Daily Duranie for allowing me to present this guest blog and share this terrific story with everyone.)
Richard J. Bendell is a long-time and devoted fan of Duran Duran, their music, their visuals, musical instincts, their longevity, pretty much everything! I’m an accountant by trade, but I’ve also self-published a book in 2012 about one of the most famous sporting events in history that was 10 years in the making called: 1972 – THE SUMMIT SERIES: Canada vs. USSR, Stats, Lies & Videotape, The UNTOLD Story of Hockey’s Series of the Century