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“Andrew in Drag”

The Magnetic Fields | 2012

“[The song’s] about a straight guy who falls madly in love with the drag persona of his straight friend Andrew,” Magnetic Fields auteur Stephin Merritt said about his tune. The gender-ambiguous music video directed by Scott Valins further explored the “drag persona” Merritt sang about. “We took the opportunity to create a vibrant collage, exploring the intimate process of transforming ones gender,” Valins said. “The backbone of the piece is a series of intimate portraits that lead the viewer to their own complex conclusions of what they are attracted to.”

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“Hungry Like the Wolf”

Duran Duran | 1982

This indulgent New Romantic group generated their first U.S. hit with the help of what was at the time new technology. "Simon [Le Bon] and I, I think, had been out the night before and had this terrible hangover," said keyboardist Nick Rhodes. "For some reason we were feeling guilty about it and decided to go and do some work." Rhodes started playing with his Jupiter-8 synth, and then "Simon had an idea for a lyric, and by lunchtime when everyone else turned up, we pretty much had the song." The Simmons drumbeat was equally important to the sound of "Hungry Like the Wolf," as Duran Duran drummer Roger Taylor stated it "kind of defined the drum sound for the Eighties."

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