A recent coincidence involving Duran Duran prompted my friend Steve (Hi, Steve!) to say this:
About the only thing I can add to Steve’s comment is: “Yes they are.”
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Oh, I just remembered: a couple of years ago the 21-year-old of the household (Hi, Celeste!), who is a huge Japanese rock music fan (and actually in Japan at the moment) played me a song by one of her favourite bands at the time that ripped off Duran Duran’s “Hungry Like The Wolf” as blatantly as any rock band could, Japanese or otherwise. I’ll ask the 21-year-old what it is and then play it for you. It’s a doozy.