Upon its original single release in early 1982, "Hungry Like the Wolf" got absolutely no chart action in the United States. Yet the expensive and lavish video quickly became an MTV staple, and this exposure caused Capitol Records to reissue the single, in a remixed version that tightened up the arrangement to emphasize the ridiculously catchy chorus and the "do-do-do" refrain punctuating the verses and toward the end of the song. As an added fillip, the remix boosted the orgasmic female moans at the song's fadeout. The tactic worked, sending "Hungry Like the Wolf" to number three on the Billboard charts in early 1983 and making it quite likely the first song to become a hit single due almost solely to MTV exposure. Lost in all this, of course, is the fact that "Hungry Like the Wolf" is a simply spectacular pop single, arguably the finest song Duran Duran ever wrote and certainly a much more kinetic and exciting song than earlier flop singles like "Planet Earth." From the cold opening of a girl's hiccupping giggle that segues perfectly into Nick Rhodes' bubbly synth line (reminiscent of Hot Butter's '70s novelty instrumental "Popcorn" played at double speed) and Andy Taylor's surprisingly AOR-sounding lead guitar riff, the song layers on hook after hook while managing to maintain its crucial forward motion. Simon Lebon's lyrics, as always, don't make a lick of sense, but at least he sings them as if they mean something. As disposable chart pop singles go, "Hungry Like the Wolf" deserves its place of bubblegummy honor.