Dear Katy, In fandom, the demo of the song "Seven and the Ragged Tiger" has almost legendary status. It seemed like such a great song and fans almost seem to consider it just like any other song that made it onto an album. I was wondering if the guys had any recollections on why this one didn't make the "final cut". Duran Duran's "throwaways" are better than most of the junk on the airwaves today. Also, Andy, on this demo you seem to be playing acoustic guitar. Do you think this would have remained had the song actually been completed? (I can't recall any other "classic" Duran Duran featuring acoustic) Thanks! Scott
FIRSTLY, THE BAND SAYS THAT THEY HAVEN'T HEARD THE DEMO YOU ARE REFERRING TO. AS FAR AS THEY ARE AWARE, THAT SONG WAS ONLY EVER AN EXTREMELY ROUGH VERSION, WHICH LATER DEVELOPED INTO "THE SEVENTH STRANGER" ON THE ALBUM. THE TITLE OBVIOUSLY REMAINED AND THE ATOM WAS FURTHER SPLIT IN TO THE TITLE OF ANOTHER TRACK, "TIGER TIGER." AS WITH ALL OF THEIR DEMOS, IT IS SIMPLY THE SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST. OCCASIONALLY, ONE SLIPS THRU THE CRACKS, BUT THEY DON'T THINK OF THIS DEMO YOU ARE SPEAKING OF AS ONE OF THEIR PERSONAL FAVORITES.