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“Stillness is the Move”

Solange Knowles | 2009

Solange, Beyoncé's little 'sis, garnered indie cred when Bjork and Grizzly Bear embraced her cover of "Stillness" with her version featuring a sample of Dr. Dre's "Xxplosive", which borrowed from the bass-fueled "Bumpy's Lament". "As soon as I heard the Dirty Projectors song, it sounded like an R&B song," Knowles said. "That happens when I listen to Of Montreal -I can hear so much funk shit that I grew up listening to…There's so many different musical references in everything now that it just makes sense to take advantage of this moment. The white kids aren't going to jack our style anymore!"

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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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