PREMIERE | John DeNicola Revamps "Hungry Eyes"

After 30 years of hit songs, a songwriter finds his voice.

Casey Steffans

You may or may not have heard of Academy Award-winning songwriter John DeNicola, but you have heard his songs.

He wrote hits like "I've Had The Time of My Life" and "Hungry Eyes," from the Dirty Dancing movie. DeNicola will release his first album, The Why Because, featuring John Waite, Micky Madden, Peter Lewis, Glen Burtnik, Zonder Kennedy, and Brian Delaney, October 25, via Omad Records. One of the tracks on the album is his rendition of "Hungry Eyes," premiering on Popdust.

Explaining his version, DeNicola says, "I thought it would be fun to record 'Hungry Eyes' in a way that would set it apart from the Dirty Dancing version and decided to try to make it sound like a modern indie-rock band imitating an 80's synth-pop song."

DeNicola's "Hungry Eyes" features a muscular bassline, as DeNicola's high, sweet falsetto infuses the lyrics with a haunting, yearning tone. Preorder The Why Because.

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