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“Sucker MCs”

Run-D.M.C. | 1983

Run-DMC kicked off their career (and a new era of hip-hop) with a cassette that featured "Sucker MCs" on one side and "It's Like That" on the other. A young Russell Simmons produced the track – alongside the underrated, but legendary Larry Smith, who's known for his work with Run-DMC and Whodini, and shouted out a few times in Run's verse. The song's track was pulled from Orange Krush's "Action," which was also produced by Smith and Simmons. "…When Run-D.M.C. got inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame … I wanted to take that platform to mention Larry. Because there would be no hip-hop as we know it today if it wasn't for Larry Smith."

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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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