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One Hit Wonders - MICHAEL SEMBELLO (1983)
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MUSIC VIDEO

"Maniac" by Michael Sembello - 

This was featured in the movie Flashdance, which starred Jennifer Beals as a welder by day, dancer by night.
 
Sembello wrote this with his songwriting partner Dennis Matkosky, who got the idea when he saw the William Lustig movie Maniac, which is about a serial killer who stalks his victims in New York City. Sembello told us: "He came up with the original kernel of inspiration and to me with the basic idea and groove and I believe the temporary lyrics for the chorus he had were:
'He's a maniac, maniac that's for sure
He will kill your cat and nail him to the door'
That direction obviously wasn't going to work at which point the genius of Phil Ramone, producer of the soundtrack who had the vision to see the potential of the song, asked us to change it to the present concept of a girl possessed with the passion of a gift for dance. Without Phil it would not have happened."
 
Sembello added: "It was nominated for an academy award and was disqualified according to 'academy rules' because the song was changed from the original and was not originally written solely for the film, which pisses me off to this day." (Thanks for Michael Sembello for the info. To learn more, check out michaelsembello.com.)
 
This was accidentally included on a tape of Sembello's songs his wife sent to Paramount for consideration in Flashdance. The studio loved it and used it in the movie.
 
The dance scenes in the video (and the movie), were performed by body double Marine Jahan. It was a well kept secret that Jennifer Beals did not dance in the movie.
 
The video was the first to use nothing but scenes from the movie. It started a movie/music cross-promotion trend (Pretty Woman, Dirty Dancing, etc.).
 
This was commonly used in aerobics classes, which was a big trend at the time.
 
In 2007, this was used in commercials for Kia cars, which show a Kia salesman doing a similar dance. The idea is that he's making great deals like a Maniac. 

http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=806

Billboard Top 10 Songs of 1983 - Year End Charts

1 Police Every Breath You Take
2 Michael Jackson Billie Jean
3 Irene Cara Flashdance... What A Feeling
4 Men At Work Down Under
5 Michael Jackson Beat It
6 Bonnie Tyler Total Eclipse Of The Heart
7 Daryl Hall and John Oates Maneater
8 Patti Austin and James Ingram Baby Come To Me
9 Michael Sembello Maniac
10 Eurythmics Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)

| Closed on 07/11/13 at 05:00PM
FanIQ Pts? No | Locker Room, Music | Multiple Choice Opinion Poll
11 Fans 
0%a. 10 (Great Song)
55%b. 7-9 (Good Song)
9%c. 5-6 (Ok Song)
27%d. Who? What? Huh?
9%e. I want to see more Flashing and less dancing!

  
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#1 | 476 days ago
Nick__ (+)

Jennifer Beals sure was one sexy mutha trucker back then, wash't she?  heart   (sigh)


7-9 (Good Song)  
#2 | 476 days ago



grrrrrr!
7-9 (Good Song)  
#3 | 476 days ago
Nick__ (+)

(Edited by Nick__)
ms_hippie_queen wrote:


grrrrrr!
Is that your "O" face?  blush  heart
7-9 (Good Song)  
#4 | 446 days ago

Didn't Sembello start out as Stevie Wonder's guitarist?
5-6 (Ok Song)  
#5 | 446 days ago
Nick__ (+)

scottmike21 wrote:
Didn't Sembello start out as Stevie Wonder's guitarist?
He did!  Good call!!  yes

He started out as Stevie Wonders guitarist when he (Sembello) was 17 yrs old.

He also worked with The Temptations, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Chaka Khan, George Benson, Barbara Streisand, Stanley Clarke, David Sanborn, Donna Summer and some others.
7-9 (Good Song)  
#6 | 446 days ago

Who didn't like this.....
7-9 (Good Song)  

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