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“White Rabbit”

Jefferson Airplane | 1967

Grace Slick wrote “White Rabbit” both as an homage to some of her favorite childhood books that featured children’s minds being altered after ingesting certain pills or liquids, and as a way to explain the drug lifestyle that ran rampant in the Sixties. “Our parents read us stories like Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz,” the Jefferson Airplane frontwoman told Rolling Stone. “They all have a place where children get drugs, and are able to fly or see an Emerald City or experience extraordinary animals or people … And our parents are suddenly saying, ‘Why are you taking drugs?’ Well, hello!”

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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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