| Maniac sembello.jpg de Michael Sembello |
del álbum Bossa Nova Hotel and Flashdance soundtrack
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4:21 (album version)
| ||Dennis Matkosky and Michael Sembello|
| ||Phil Ramone|
|Cronología de sencillos de Michael Sembello|
The song was used in the 1983 film Flashdance and was inspired by the 1980 horror film Maniac. The film Maniac was about a serial killer who stalks his victims in New York City. The song's performer and co-writer Michael Sembello recalls that an early version of the chorus was:
- He's a maniac, maniac that's for sure,
- He will kill your cat and nail him to the door.
At the suggestion of the record's producer Phil Ramone, the lyrics were rewritten to describe a girl with a passion for dancing. The lyrics became:
- She's a maniac, maniac on the floor
- And she's dancing like she's never danced before.
The song was included in Flashdance after Sembello's wife sent a tape to executives at Paramount Pictures who were looking for music to use in the film.
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"Maniac" reached number one in the Billboard Hot 100 in September 1983, and is one of the highest grossing songs ever written for a film. The Original Soundtrack of Flashdance won the 1984 Grammy Award for Best Album of Original Score Written for A Motion Picture or a Television Special.
The song was nominated for an Academy Award, but it was disqualified since the original version had not been written for the film. Michael Sembello states on the website Songfacts that the decision "pisses me off to this day." Another song from the film, "Flashdance... What a Feeling" performed by Irene Cara, won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1984.
- American metalcore band Evergreen Terrace covered the song for their 2004 album Writer's Block (Evergreen Terrace album).
- Norwegian heavy metal band Street Legal covered the song.
- Måns Zelmerlöw on his 2007 album Standing By For...
- Italian nu metal band Biosystem55 covered the song in 2008.
- Belgian dance group Milk Inc. covered this song in 2008.
- German hi-NRG dance group Topmodelz covered this song in 2008.
- Greek power metal band Firewind covered the song on their 2008 album The Premonition.
"Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" by The Eurythmics
|Billboard Hot 100 number one single|
September 10 1983- September 17 1983
| Succeeded by|
"Tell Her About It" by Billy Joel