Hungry Like the Wolf (3:23)

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“Hungry Like the Wolf” is a song by the British New Wave band Duran Duran. Written by the band members, the song was produced by Colin Thurston for the group’s second studio album Rio (1982). The song was released in May 1982 as the album’s fifth single in the United Kingdom. It reached the top five of the UK Singles Chart, and received a silver certification by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).

“Hungry Like the Wolf“‘s Russell Mulcahy-directed music video was filmed in the exotic jungles of Sri Lanka, and evoked the atmosphere of the film Raiders of the Lost Ark. Although the band initially failed to break into the U.S. market, MTV placed the “Hungry Like the Wolf” video into heavy rotation. Subsequently, the group gained much exposure; “Hungry Like the Wolf” peaked at the third spot of the Billboard Hot 100 in March 1983, and Duran Duran became an international sensation. The video won the first Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video in 1984.

“Hungry Like the Wolf” was written and recorded on a Saturday in the spring of 1982 at the basement studios of EMI’s London headquarters. Rhodes started the song’s demo in the morning with a sequencer; the song was built throughout the day as each band member arrived, and by the evening it was essentially complete.

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