Michael Sembello – Maniac

Michael Sembello was born in 1954 in the United States. He’s a Grammy Award-winning and Academy Award nominated musician. Maniac is taken from 1983 Bossa Nova Hotel album. The song was also used in the 1983 film Flashdance (which starred Jennifer Beals and Michael Nouri). Maniac reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in September 1983. The Flashdance soundtrack won a Grammy Award for the Best Album or Original Score written for A Motion Picture or a Television Special in 1984. Maniac was inspired by the 1980 horror film Maniac. The film was about a serial killer who stalks his victims in New York City. An early version of the song’s chorus was “He’s a maniac, maniac that’s for sure, He will kill your cat and nail him to the door.” On advice from the record’s producer (Phil Ramone) the lyrics were changed to “She’s a maniac, maniac on the floor. And she’s dancing like she’s never danced before.” to describe a girl’s passion for dancing instead. Besides Maniac Michael Sembello also did a song for the Cocoon sountrack in 1985 entitled Gravity. Michael Sembello has released 5 other studio albums besides Bossa Nova Hotel. In 2010 South African rockers Van Coke Kartel released a cover version of Maniac.

Related Links:
Michael Sembello – Official Website
Michael Sembello – MySpace Music

This is the video for the song, followed by the lyrics:

Just a still town girl on a Saturday night, lookin’ for the fight of her life
In the real-time world no one sees her at all, they all say she’s crazy
Locking rhythms to the beat of her heart, changing woman into life
She has danced into the danger zone, when a dancer becomes a dance
It can cut you like a knife, if the gift becomes the fire
On a wire between will and what will be

She’s a maniac, maniac on the floor
And she’s dancing like she’s never danced before
She’s a maniac, maniac on the floor
And she’s dancing like she’s never danced before

On the ice-build iron sanity is a place most never see
It’s a hard warm place of mystery, touch it, but can’t hold it
You work all your life for that moment in time, it could come or pass you by
It’s a push of the world, but there’s always a chance
If the hunger stays the night

There’s a cold connective heat, struggling, stretching for defeat
Never stopping with her head against the wind

She’s a maniac, maniac, I sure know
And she’s dancing like she’s never danced before
She’s a maniac, maniac, I sure know
And she’s dancing like she’s never danced before

[Solo]

It can cut you like a knife, if the gift becomes the fire
On a wire between will and what will be

She’s a maniac, maniac, I sure know
And she’s dancing like she’s never danced before
[repeats out]

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