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“Satellite”

The Kills | 2011

Kills guitarist Jamie Hince was inspired to write "Satellite" after a frustrating phone conversation he had with his girlfriend, supermodel Kate Moss. "I was on tour and the signal kept going," he recalled. “I kept losing her. It turned into a daydream about the universe and vibrations, and how a voice can go from one side of the planet to the other via satellite -- and it's all vibrations." The song is on the duo’s fourth album, “Blood Pressure," which is the first project for which Hince and bandmate Alison Mosshart chose to not write every song together.

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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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