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“Yankee Rose”

David Lee Roth | 1986

When it was announced that David Lee Roth was leaving Van Halen in 1985, it was anyone's guess as to what his next musical move would be - especially coming off a couple of very un-Van Halen-sounding cover tune hits. But Roth opted to return to his hard rockin' roots with "Yankee Rose." As for the song's meaning, Roth told MTV in 1986, "I pictured the Statue of Liberty as if she was a real live fox. And she's walking in front of the candy store, and I'm out front as usual, being lewd towards her. So what we have here is that sexy kind of patriotism." The "Yankee Rose" video would start with a near two-minute comedic skit, taking place inside a seedy convenience store.

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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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