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

By Kellar Ellsworth
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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