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“Zero”

Yeah Yeah Yeahs | 2009

The trio didn't make music for those who wanted to stand there with their arms crossed – they wanted to instigate responses. "You wanted to just smack them, you know? Break a beer bottle over their head, to wake 'em up and make them feel something, and that's still what we want to do now," frontwoman Karen O. said about handling indifferent fans. "We want to shake the unshakable, to stir things up, and that's a lot of the spirit of "Zero"; it's like 'Come on man! Come on! Just feel something, escape, whatever, whatever the emotion is just feel it!'"

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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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