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“Could It Be I'm Falling in Love”

The Spinners | 1972

Vibes, strings, horns, and the Spinners' gossamer vocals swelled together for one of the biggest early-'70s Philadelphia soul hits on "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love," paced by an exuberant chorus reflecting the giddiness of a new love affair. As producer Thom Bell remembered in the liner notes to The Chrome Collection, he rearranged it from the slow ballad he heard on the demo. Phillippé Wynne's vocal at the end, Bell pointed out, "turned it into a whole new song. And he ad-libbed the whole thing once."

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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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