Duran Duran‘s “Hungry Like the Wolf” was one of the next videos that came to mind as I began my investigation. This is a band on the run in the Roger Moore-era James Bond flick sense of the term: exotic locations, classy jackets, the intersection of native folk and hot women… But let’s examine the band members’ running styles.
Just as this clip gets underway, one of those Taylor guys leads the charge of Duran dudes across a crowded street. The Taylor guy’s white, hairless, shirtless chest looks firm beneath his white silk jacket. The director surely picked one of the best-conditioned, most vigorous runners among the band. The guy trailing, in the beige shirt, doesn’t run with the vigor of the headban-wearing Taylor, but his steady gait and trim build hint at an ability for long-distance running. Sure enough, at the 53-second mark, the trim guy is now setting the pace. The larger Taylor guy is even seen giving up his run altogether before a quick cut to an exotic, hot woman.
Meanwhile, Simon LeBon’s got a bad attitude going. Must be his hunger. He’s tipped over a table in a crowded restaurant, sneered at every native in the market as he casually walks away from the trouble he’s cause, and is now plodding through a river. It’s no surprise that the pudgy singer is shaping up to be the least fit among his bandmates. He may be hungry like the wolf, but he better look into foraging vegetation, like a hippo. After his minimal display of physical prowess, a native boy has to squeeze a sponge over his head. You’d think LeBon’s already gone 8 rounds. Then, at the 2:22 mark, LeBon makes his first dash after the hot, exotic jungle woman. I don’t see him catching her. Somehow, though, simply by “going native,” with face paint, he’s got a chance. She tips him over as easily as he tipped over that table. The vigorous Taylor and the long-distance runner come to the rescue, not the slightest bit winded from all their running. More sexually charged jungle wrestling ensues, but it’s still not clear how LeBon caught up with her. Did he peel off the path and hop on the subway?
NEXT: The getaway trot!