Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Song of the Day: 'Hungry Like the Wolf' by Duran Duran

Watching MTV Classic has been such a reminder of the ebbs and flows of the (onetime) Fab Five. They started off rather intriguingly with singles like "Planet Earth," "Careless Memories" and "Girls on Film." Found world success (in large part because of Music Television) with "Hungry Like the Wolf" and "Rio." Then released some of the lamest material of their career ("Is There Something I Should I Know?," "The Reflex," "Wild Boys") at the peak of their popularity -- only to follow it up with some of their strongest ever ("Skin Trade," "Ordinary World," "Come Undone," "Electric Barbarella." 

As was the case back in the day, "Hungry Like the Wolf" is still in heavy rotation on MTV (Classic), so it got me reading up on the classic hit, which I was surprised to learn not every adores. (Damian was only 5 when it was released and it holds no place in his heart.) 

Although apparently it was revealed a million years ago on MTV's "Storytellers," this sure jumped out at me:
The lyrics were inspired by "Little Red Riding Hood," and the repeating of the word "do" at the end of each verse takes its melody from the instrumentals in Gordon Lightfoot's song "If You Could Read My Mind."
Simon LeBon: 

OK, the song in question is “If You Could Read My Mind Love, What a Tale My Thoughts Would Tell)” by ... and I want to say James Taylor -- but it isn’t it’s by someone else whose name’s just gone completely out of my head. Anyway there’s this bit in the verse, in fact the “what a tale my thoughts would tell” bit and it matches up almost perfectly with the doo-doos in "Hungry Like the Wolf” well not exactly, 'cause that’d be plagiarism, now wouldn’t it?

I have two reactions: 

A.) I don't hear any similarities between "Hungry Like the Wolf" and "If You Could Read My Mind."


B.) I don't hear any similarities between Gordon Lightfoot and James Taylor -- and I should know!

P.S. Who remembers when the Durans competed against Spandau Ballet on "Pop Quiz" and the former had no problem recognizing every obscure Spandau song but Spandau was stumped by ... "Hungry Like the Wolf"?!!!!!!!!

1 comment:

j said...

Good song and spectacular video