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“Romance”

Wild Flag | 2011

On “Romance,” this indie-rock supergroup, comprising members of Sleater-Kinney, Helium and the Minders, employs all their tools: raucous guitar riffs, background "gang: vocals, bouncy drum fills -- they’re all on display in this upbeat romp. "That’s why people call them 'power trios,' because everything’s firing at once,” Carrie Brownstein said. "It really helps the dynamic, and I think it helps songs build, and it allows them to deconstruct in the middle of the song, too.”

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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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