Not a member yet?
Click here to register.

Forgotten your password?
Request a new one here.
Latest Comments
Black Sabbath - 1989 Devi...
Black Sabbath - 1989 Head...
Neal Schon - 1989 Softly ...
Getting back into this al...
Neal Schon - 1989 The The...
Valentine - 1990 Where Ar...
Burns Sisters - 1989 Answ...
Distance - 1989 Speech Of...
Distance - 1989 Softly Sp...
Well her real name is Fra...
It is weird that her firs...
Franne Golde - 1980 The N...
Masquerade - 1992 Sudden ...
I look to the sky with a ...
Lame arsed Home Counties...
Filth. Utter, Utter, Utter.
Another fine example of a...
For me Salisbury is their...
Can't believe I never com...
I saw Priest live in 2005...
You must login to post a message.

19-11-2017 09:44
Burn (UK) will have their new album 'Ice Age' released in Japan via Marquee/Avalon on Nov 22. The album is then released worldwide on Jan 19th 2018 via Melodicrock Records.

19-11-2017 09:40
I was a bit cranky last week, waiting for various things to happen with the website transition. God it's good to be back. Didn't Gary Glitter sing a song like that? dogrun

19-11-2017 07:06
Note to all Members. Please review your Message inboxes. Some of these are getting rather large. Thanks.

19-11-2017 03:05
OK, all the YouTube videos are working again. Just use the YT link, and then encase in tags [ youtube] at the start, [/ youtube] at the end. Cool. Thumbs Up

12-11-2017 02:39
Starting to crank out some reviews now. Woah!

Articles Hierarchy
Articles Home » 1982 Articles » Survivor - 1982 Eye Of The Tiger
Survivor - 1982 Eye Of The Tiger

ARTIST: Survivor
ALBUM: Eye Of The Tiger
LABEL: Scotti Bros
SERIAL: FZ 38062
YEAR: 1982
CD REISSUE: 1990, Scotti Bros, 512-025-2 * 2016, Rock Candy Records, CANDY322


LINEUP: Dave Bickler - vocals * Frankie Sullivan - guitars * Jim Peterik - keyboards * Stephan Ellis - bass * Marc Droubay - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Eye Of The Tiger * 02 Feels Like Love * 03 Hesitation Dance * 04 The One That Really Matters * 05 I'm Not That Man Anymore * 06 Children Of The Night * 07 Ever Since The World Began * 08 American Heartbeat * 09 Silver Girl

WEBLINKS: www.survivormusic.com

We all remember the riff.. right? One of the most identifiable intros to music, that has been used a thousand times over on TV and film. That's right, we're talking Survivor's 'Eye Of The Tiger'. Not so much the album, but the tune. Who would've guessed that this Chicago band would tip 1982 on it's head with this song, albeit with a bit of help from a certain someone called Sylvester Stallone who wanted them to write a song for his movie called 'Rocky III'. This is the band's third studio album, and you would think according to the popular press at the time, the Survivor were nothing more than a one-hit wonder, and that the song was all they had to show during 1982. Not so, as the album contains a few other goodies, and remains to this day, an underrated slice of their 80's work, perhaps overshadowed by 1984's 'Vital Signs' LP, but still good nonetheless.

The Songs
Skipping through the title track which we all know, we don't need to talk about this track, it's all been said and done before. Second up is the surging AOR of 'Feels Like Love', complete with chugging guitars and a typical Peterik arrangement. 'Hesitation Dance' drops back the tempo slightly with its slow-burning riffs and Bicklers' vocals coming off like Brian Howe era Bad Company. Sullivan keeps the guitars chugging away on 'The One That Really Matters', a song blessed with a great chorus. We move into power ballad territory with 'I'm Not That Man Anymore', a Peterik inspired slice of brilliance, whereas 'Children Of The Night' reverts back to Survivor's upbeat bright and breezy style of AOR. 'Ever Since The World Began' is one of my fave tracks ever, though admittedly the Tommy Shaw version from 'Ambition' is better, but no doubt he drew inspiration from this version. 'American Heartbeat' the song, no doubt helped spawn an entire generation of young AOR bands out of America, and so it should've, as this is one of the LP highlights. The band finish up with the mid-tempo 'Silver Girl', and again look to 80's and early 90's era Bad Company for a bit of unintentional inspiration.

In Summary
'Eye Of The Tiger' (the song) would spend six weeks at #1 in the charts, and would end up as the #2 song for the entire 1982 year. Over the years, the song has been covered by so many artists (too many to name), and has been parodied to death as a typical rememberance of the 80's decade, for better or for worse. A good album, much overlooked, it was originally re-released in 1990, but has been reissed several other times since. Unfortunately, 1983's 'Caught In The Game' did not equal its predecessors success at the box-office, but is still good nonetheless, but they topped it all with 1984's classic 'Vital Signs'.

All written content on this website is copyrighted.
Copying of material without permission is not permitted.

This article has been tagged
#1 | Eric on August 31 2009 10:52:00
'The One That Really Matters' is one of my favorite Survivor songs. It was released as a single and should have been a bigger hit than it was. Good stuff!
#2 | jeffrey343 on August 31 2009 15:19:14
I didn't realize this one hadn't been reviewed yet. There is way more greatness here than just the title track. Their first two albums were quite good, but they really nailed this one. And they never really captured this sound again, as their later efforts became less raw and more polished (but still great, of course). Dave Bickler's beret inspired a fashion trend at my high school back in '82.
#3 | dangerzone on September 01 2009 05:01:45
Brilliant album all the way but I still rate
'Caught in the Game' as highly.
#4 | sabace on September 04 2009 18:11:19
great lp, full of great songs . production a bit weak .
the quality of the songs over come this .
#5 | super80boy on August 16 2015 21:37:31
Another consistently solid as a rock album from these overlooked boys. 'The One That Really Matters' is stellar while the keyboard and guitar interplay are as good as it gets in 'I'm Not That Man Anymore'. The pounding drums coupled with keyboard chopping in standout 'American Heartbeat' find similar melodies with the title song. There's just not a bad song to come by here.
#6 | rkbluez on March 04 2017 17:54:33
A little bit of a let down after the amazing Premonition but still a good album in it's own right just seem like some of the songs where rushed and the production wasn't as crisp.
Post Comment
Please Login to Post a Comment.
Rating is available to Members only.

Please login or register to vote.

100% 100% 0% [No Votes]
95% 95% 0% [No Votes]
90% 90% 0% [No Votes]
85% 85% 0% [No Votes]
80% 80% 100% [1 Vote]
75% 75% 0% [No Votes]
70% 70% 0% [No Votes]
65% 65% 0% [No Votes]
60% 60% 0% [No Votes]
55% 55% 0% [No Votes]
50% 50% 0% [No Votes]
45% 45% 0% [No Votes]
40% 40% 0% [No Votes]
35% 35% 0% [No Votes]
30% 30% 0% [No Votes]
25% 25% 0% [No Votes]
20% 20% 0% [No Votes]
15% 15% 0% [No Votes]
10% 10% 0% [No Votes]
Articles Cloud
Demon Drive - 2003 Interview with Jochen Mayer, Shotgun Alley - 2012 Dying To Survive, Martyn, John - 1982 Well Kept Secret, Greene, Mike - 1976 Midnight Mirage, Sound Barrier - 1983 Total Control, Thrills - 2000 3, Rose - 1977 Judgement Day, Hamilton, Joe Frank And Dennison - 1976 Love And Conversation, Nova Rex - 1992 Blow Me Away, Oakley - 1980 Oakley, Rock, Rob - 2001 The Rage Of Creation Interview, Silver Hunter - 2015 Chapter 1: Mad Moonlighters [ep], Bolton, Michael - 1985 Everybodys Crazy, UFO - 1974 Phenomenon, Fast Machine - 2002 2 Track Promo
Van Stephenson Live Albums Angel A=440 Dire Straits Chris Christian Jono House Of Lords Dokken Rock Candy Records The Clarks Player Pavlovs Dog Breathless Great White Rock Candy Records Kansas Fortnox Fires Of Babylon Under Fire (1) Empire (Australia) Alecstar Pat Travers Band Ethos Lec Zorn Project The Front Rock Candy Records Sheriff Manzanera and Mackay David Isaacs Tina Arena Velvet Goldmine Various Artists Bad Boy Steve Grimm John Jeff Touch
All Tags
Search DDG