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“The EMI Song”

Alex Chilton | 2012

In 1969, during the twilight of the Box Tops and before the formation of Big Star, Alex Chilton made a solo record, Free Again, that would go unreleased for 40 years. Released posthumously in 2012, the standout track, “The EMI Song” is Chilton at his most earnest and romantic, pledging his love. Big Star drummer Jody Stephens told Rolling Stone that Chilton was “nothing but a guy channeling the emotions he was feeling at the time, completely unadulterated.”

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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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