How A Ridiculous Music Video Made Duran Duran’s “Hungry Like A Wolf” A Hit

By | May 8, 2022

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Duran Duran in NYC, NYC, February 1982. (David Tan/Shinko Music/Getty Images)

Duran Duran’s “Hungry Like The Wolf” epitomized the ‘80s thanks to its vague lyrics, retroactively hilarious video, and massive popularity thanks to MTV. As Bassist John Taylor confessed, even he “(doesn’t) really know” what the song, very loosely based on Little Red Riding Hood of all things, was about. He did go as far as establishing that it probably centers around “meeting girls” and “wanting to have sex with someone,” like most ‘80s songs. That blissful ignorance along with a completely unaware video managed to skyrocket the band into stardom in a truly ‘80s way. Here’s the history of one of Duran Duran’s classics, “Hungry Like The Wolf.”

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Le Bon wore the hat to cover a local Sri Lakan dye jobe gone wrong.

Built In A Day

While some songs take years to come together, “Hungry Like The Wolf,” unsurprisingly, only took a single hungover afternoon. As Taylor recalled the song was:

"Written very quickly. It was a Saturday afternoon, we were in EMI's demo studio, a studio they had up in Manchester Square HQ, and I think Nick [Rhodes] and Andy [Taylor] were kind of messing around. Andy had the riff, Nick developed this sequence, Simon had a thing, Roger [Taylor] came in and played 'cause he'd just bought some Simmons drums, so that was where he got those big fills from. I came in, and they'd been working for maybe two hours, and I just knew exactly what to play. The song was probably written by cocktail hour [laughs] .”