DURAN DURAN "UNION OF THE SNAKE"
by Mark Nobes, chief editor
Released on 17th October 1983, Union Of The Snake was the first song to be lifted from Duran Duran's third studio album Seven And The Ragged Tiger, which was released a month later. The track was recorded in the Caribbean and mixed (at the last minute!) in Sydney.
According to drummer Roger Taylor, the drum beat is based on David Bowie's "Let's Dance" - you can kind of hear the similarity, particularly at the start.
"Union Of The Snake" peaked at #3 in both the UK and the U.S. The single entered the UK singles chart at No.4 on 23rd October, making it the highest new entry. It reached No.3 the following week (for one week), with Billy Joel's "Uptown Girl" claiming the No.1 spot, and Lionel Richie at No.2 with "All Night Long".
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The concept for the video came from Russell Mulcahy who had previously directed videos for the band's Rio album. However, he was too busy working on other projects for the band (Arena and Sing Blue Silver) to actually direct the video, so Simon Milne was called in - he had previously worked with Kajagoogoo. It became an early example of extravagant and expensive 80s music videos, and more were to follow in 1984 including the 17 minute "New Moon on Monday" and the video for The Wild Boys which cost over £1 million - quite staggering!
The cover of Smash Hits magazine (April 1-14 1982) featuring a suave-looking Simon Le Bon