ICONS ARE BETTER #51: SURVIVOR’S EYE OF THE TIGER
That now famous guttural, staccato bassline overlaid on that all-too-familiar defiant riff…nothing quite comes close.
Survivor’s 1982 anthem, “Eye of the Tiger”, embodies the spirit of persisting in the face of adversity and overcoming obstacles.
When Sylvester Stallone approached Jim Peterik and Frankie Sullivan with the Rocky III scene he wanted the theme song to accompany, his placeholder was Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust”. A song that, whilst more than suitable, was unobtainable due to publishing rights.
Bettering Freddie Mercury… no mean feat.
But over the next three days, Peterik and Sullivan set about it; I personally like to envisage the two of them working tirelessly, with one throwing experimental chords at the other whilst the other shadowboxes.
Regardless of methodology, it is undeniable that they created a masterpiece. All four minutes and four seconds are equally at home as a soundtrack for de-icing a car windscreen as they are for an ultra-marathon. And selling 9.2 million physical copies means that it ranks in the top 40 best selling singles of all time.
And if all that doesn’t do it for you…what does truly cement its ‘icon’ status?
Weird Al Yankovic has made a parody.
Truly, a song for the ages.
Tim Abayomi-Cole @timis7