Maniac (Michael Sembello song)

"Maniac" is a song performed by Michael Sembello. The song was used in the 1983 film Flashdance.

"Maniac"
Maniac by Michael Sembello U.S. vinyl Side-A 7-inch.jpg
Side-A label of U.S. 7-inch vinyl single
Single by Michael Sembello
from the album Bossa Nova Hotel and Flashdance: Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture
Released1983
Format7"
GenreSynth-pop[1]
Length4:21 (album version)
4:12 (single version)
5:57 (12" version)
LabelEMI, Casablanca
Songwriter(s)Dennis Matkosky and Michael Sembello
Producer(s)Phil Ramone and Michael Sembello[2]
Michael Sembello singles chronology
"Maniac"
(1983)
"Automatic Man"
(1983)
Audio sample

"Maniac" appears during an early scene in Flashdance and is used as the backing track of a montage sequence showing Alex (Jennifer Beals) training strenuously in her converted warehouse.

Sembello had originally written the song as a horror theme after watching a slasher film (possibly 1980's Maniac) with lyrics such as "He's a maniac, maniac, that's for sure / He will kill your cat and nail it to the door." Producer Phil Ramone convinced Sembello to write new lyrics to reflect the film's subject matter.[3]

PersonnelEdit

Credits adapted from the album Bossa Nova Hotel.[4]

  • Michael Sembello – vocals, guitar, synthesizer bass
  • Dennis Matkosky – keyboards, synthesizer
  • Carlos Vega – Simmons drums
  • Dennis Karmazyn – cello

Charts and awardsEdit

"Maniac" reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks beginning on September 10, 1983 and is one of the highest-grossing songs ever written for a film.[citation needed] In addition to producing "Maniac", Phil Ramone produced the song that would dethrone it from the top spot, Billy Joel's "Tell Her About It".[2] Original Soundtrack of Flashdance won the 1983 Grammy Award for Best Album of Original Score Written for A Motion Picture or a Television Special.[5]

The song was nominated for an Academy Award. Another song from the film, "Flashdance... What a Feeling" performed by Irene Cara, won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1983.[6]

Cover versionsEdit

Dance act 4 Rhythm covered "Maniac" in 1995;[33] their version reached No. 28 in the Irish Singles Chart, the same position as the original track.[13] "Maniac 2000", a performance of Mark McCabe rapping over the 4 Rhythm version,[33] reached No. 1 on the Irish Singles Chart and remained in the charts for 21 weeks, re-entering for a further five weeks in 2007 and another in 2015.[13]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  31. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 60th Anniversary Interactive Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  32. ^ "British single certifications – Michael Sembello – Maniac". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved August 31, 2019. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Maniac in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  33. ^ a b Kavanagh, Mark (January 26, 2018). "There's a huge story behind Maniac 2000 that you don't know". Buzz.ie. Retrieved October 14, 2019.