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Friday, July 07, 2006

Eye of the Tiger

"Eye of the Tiger" was a song performed by the American rock group, Survivor. It was written at the request of Sylvester Stallone for the film Rocky III. The song became a popular sporting event anthem, especially in boxing, and was for a short time the entrance theme for professional wrestler Hulk Hogan. This song has also been used satirically, such as when Harry and Lloyd were riding a shopping cart on the road in Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd.


The song topped the Billboard charts for six weeks from July 24, 1982. It was preceded by "Don't You Want Me" by the Human League and followed by "Abracadabra" by the Steve Miller Band. "Eye of the Tiger" also reached #1 in the UK and Australian charts. The song won a Grammy Award, an Academy Award nomination, and was voted "Best New Song" by the People's Choice Awards.

Dual meanings of the title
The song's title refers to a line in the movie Rocky III, meaning "killer instinct" or a desire/propensity for aggressiveness. However, the term also refers to an anatomical feature of the tiger.

The "eye spots" on the back of tigers' ears serve to confuse predators and reduce the risk of attack from behind, and they are probably most useful for tiger cubs.

In the wild, seeing the "eyes" of the tiger signifies death, because right before a tiger attacks, it turns its ears forward so that the spot on the back of each ear faces nearer its prey. Hence, once someone sees these "eyes", the tiger is about to attack. [Info courtesy: wikipedia.org]

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