Duran Duran

Hungry Like the Wolf

Composed by Andy Taylor / John Taylor / Nick Rhodes / Roger Taylor / Simon LeBon

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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.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Rio 1982
Rio
Rhino 3:40
Seven and the Ragged Tiger 1983 EMI
No Image 1983 Sony Music Distribution
Arena 1984 EMI-Capitol Special Markets 4:01
Sing Blue Silver [Video/DVD] 1984 Capitol
Notorious 1986 Parlophone
No Image 1989 EMI Music Distribution / Capitol 3:27
No Image 1991 Golden Stars 4:08
Rock the First, Vol. 2 1992
Various Artists
Sandstone 4:02
No Image 1997 Capitol/EMI Records / CAP
Ultimate New Wave Party 1998 1997
Various Artists
Bmg / Sony Music Entertainment
The Best of the 80's [EMI 1997] 1997
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:26
Night Versions: The Essential Duran Duran 1998 EMI-Capitol Special Markets
Whole Lotta Rock: 1982-1983 1998
Various Artists
BCI-Eclipse Distribution / Eclipse Music Group 4:06
Ultimate Dance Beat Collection: Durantastic 1998
Various Artists
Mastertone 4:07
Greatest 1998 Capitol 3:29
Rock On: 1982 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:27
Strange Behaviour 1999 EMI Digital / Parlophone 5:12
Pure 80's 1999
Various Artists
Universal 3:24
Sounds of the Eighties 1999
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:26
Party Hard 2000 1999
Various Artists
Radikal 3:26
Sounds of the Eighties: 80's Blockbusters  [1999] 1999
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:26
Rockin' 80's, Vol. 2 1999
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 4:07
Original Gold 2000 Original Gold (Netherlands) 4:01
Monster '80s 2000
Various Artists
Razor & Tie 3:25
The Essential Collection [EMI] 2000 EMI Music Distribution 3:24
Entertainment Weekly: The Greatest Hits 1983 2000
Various Artists
Buddha Records 3:27
Music of the Twentieth Century: 1980-1999 2000
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:25
Forever Gold: British Invasion 2001
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 3:43
Casey Kasem: America's Top 10 Through Years - The 80's 2001
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 3:26
Entertainment Weekly: The Greatest Hits 1980-1984 2001
Various Artists
Buddha Records 3:27
A Year in Your Life: 1983, Vol. 1 2001
Various Artists
Definitive 3:26
Hit Me With Your 80's Box 2002
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:23
Like, Omigod! The '80s Pop Culture Box (Totally) 2002
Various Artists
Rhino 4:05
Eighties Complete, Vol. 1-3 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:27
Essential Eighties [EMI Box] 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:26
Friends Reunited: 42 Classroom Classics from the 80's 2003
Various Artists
Universal International 3:23
The Singles 81-85 2003 EMI 3:29
Tokyo: July 12, 2003 2003 TheMusic.com 3:55
Ultimate 80s [Madacy] 2004
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:24
Original Electro Album, Vol. 2 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 5:10
Duran Duran/Rio/Seven and the Ragged Tiger 2004 EMI Music Distribution 3:41
The Greatest 80's Album 2004
Various Artists
EMI 3:25
The Singles 1986-1995 2004 EMI Music Distribution 3:25
Big Shiny 80's [Muchmusic] 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
No Image 2004
Various Artists
Cool Britannia [Disky] 2005
Various Artists
Disky
My Generation: The Soundtrack of Our Lives - The Eighties, Vol. 1 2005
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Live from London [Video] 2005 Zoe
New Wave 80's [Madacy] 2005
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:24
Sight + Sound: '80s 2006
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
More Complete Eighties 2006
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
This Is '80s New Wave 2006
Various Artists
Cleopatra
Howzat Australia vs England: The Greatest Hits 2006
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
No Image 2007
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
Gold: '80s British 2007
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:26
Monster New Wave Hits 2007
Various Artists
Cleopatra 3:25
The Original Electro-Pop Box Set 2007
Various Artists
EMI 5:11
Top of the Pops 1982 2008
Various Artists
EMI
Now That's What I Call the 80s 2008
Various Artists
RCA / Sony BMG / Universal Distribution / Zomba / Sony Music Distribution 3:24
Top Hits of the 80s: Greatest Hits 2008
Various Artists
Collectables
This Is 1982 2008
Various Artists
EMD Int'l 3:24
Classic Rock [EMI] 2008
Various Artists
EMI 3:23
Party Time, Vol. 6 2008
Various Artists
SPG / Unidisc 3:40
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:23
Smash Hits 1982 2009
Various Artists
Rhino 3:29
Hammersmith '82! [DVD/CD] 2009 Capitol/EMI Records / Capitol / EMI Music Distribution
Top of the Pops: Eighties Pop 2009
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire 3:23
Sing Blue Silver [2009] 2009 EMI Music Distribution
Now! 1980's 2010
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:25
Anthems: Electronic '80s, Vol. 2 2010
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 3:24
Take Me Home Tonight [Original Soundtrack] 2011
Original Soundtrack
Universal / Universal Music / Universal Portugal 3:24
10 Great Songs 2011 Parlophone
A Diamond in the Mind: Live 2011 [Video] 2012 Eagle Vision
Sight & Sound 2012 EMI Gold 3:49
The Biggest and the Best 2012 Music Club Deluxe 3:42
Top of the Pops: New Romantic 2013
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:30
No Ordinary Tour EP 2013 Atlantic / Elektra / Warner / Warner Bros.
Super Freak: Halloween Dance Party 2013
Various Artists
Universal 3:40
Driving Songs: The Collection 2014
Various Artists
Rhino 3:40
100 Hits: 80s Chartbusters
Various Artists
100 Hits / Demon Music Group / DMG 100 3:42
Best of 1983: 20th Century Masters
Various Artists
Strategic Marketing / Universal Music 3:27
Classic '80s [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino
Classic 80's [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino 3:29
Countdown: 40th Anniversary Continues...
Various Artists
Australian Broadcasting Corporation 3:40
Duran Duran/Rio/Seven & the Ragged Tiger/Big Thing EMI 3:41
Just Spin
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music 3:29
No Image EMI Music Distribution
Nite Romantics/Carnival/Tiger Tiger/Strange Behavior EMI Music Distribution 5:15
Retrolicious
Various Artists
WM Singapore 3:25
Roller Rink Rewind
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution / Universal Music / Warner Music 3:22
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