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Duran Duran - Hungry Like the Wolf - Lyrics Meaning

In 1982, British New Wave band Duran Duran released their fifth single, "Hungry Like the Wolf," to the UK market, where it reached the top five on the UK Singles Chart. Though the band had initially failed to cross over to the US market, MTV put the video for the song into heavy rotation, which resulted in the song peaking at #3 on the Billboard Top 100 in March 1983. Subsequently, the video won the first Grammy Award in 1984 for Best Short Form Music Video.

The song was written and recorded in one day by band members. The lyrics, they say, were inspired by the tale of "Little Red Riding Hood." The laughter heard at the start of the song was recorded live by Nick Rhodes' girlfriend at the time, as were the screams played during the fade-out.

Scent and a sound, I'm lost and I'm found

And I'm hungry like the wolf

The song is rampant with its animalistic sexual undertones. It's the story of a man on the prowl for a woman, tracking her from the city to the forest until he captures her. At the end of the music video, however, the hunter gets scratched by the woman. Could he also be the prey?