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“Do the Panic”

Phantom Planet | 2008

"Panic" has appeared on two Phantom Planet albums: 2004's Phantom Planet: Negatives and a reworked version on 2008's Raise the Dead, but the latter version had some latent secrets. "There's a few lyrical tasties on 'Do the Panic,' our single, that I didn't realize were a part of the lyrics until after I'd heard the song, right before it goes into the chorus" Darren Robinson, the band's guitarist, pointed out. Lead singer Alex Greenwald concurred about the clandestine nature. "There's a lot of weird, weird stuff on our record, hidden" he said. "I'm not at liberty to say. Some horrible things."

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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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