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“Sacred Love”

Bad Brains | 1986

Serving a prison sentence for marijuana possession did not stop Bad Brains singer H.R. from recording the vocals to "Sacred Love" - a song about keeping a relationship alive between a prisoner and his girlfriend on the outside. As Bad Brains manager, Anthony Countey, recounted, "He'd gotten to be one of the guys that gets to sweep up, and he got to be near the payphone, when nobody else was around." Added guitarist Dr. Know, "Ron [St. Germain, producer] had him unscrew the mouthpiece and hold it up like a microphone, and hold the headset part, so it wouldn't get feedback." The end result was one of the Brains' most rockin' love songs.

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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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