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“Reckless Serenade”

Arctic Monkeys | 2011

Lead Monkeys man Alex Turner was inspired to write this romantic tune, from the Suck It and See album, by a band not exactly famous for creating romantic tunes. "It's just a love song, I suppose," Turner said. "In terms of the sound, I guess some of the stuff we were listening to was like the Pixies." For the album as a whole, Turner channeled other influences besides the Boston indie rockers. "I wanted a good song foundation on this one, so that meant listening to Nick Cave, John Cale, Lou Reed, [David] Bowie, Leonard Cohen."

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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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