The lead track from the third X album, Under the Big Black Sun
, "The Hungry Wolf" has two main inspirations. One is a painting from around 1890 by the Polish artist Alfred Kowalski. Titled "The Lone Wolf," it depicts a wolf looking over a village in the winter. "He's looking down, and there is this little idyllic cabin house, and there's smoke coming out of the fireplace - it's a winter night. He's just looking at this house," Exene Cervenka of X explained in a Songfacts interview
The second inspiration, according to Exene, was the name the band and their tight-knit group of friends used to describe their pack: "The Wolves." Said Exene, "That all came about at that same time and it became this whole mental, cultural, overarching thing for a minute."