Infatuation (Rod Stewart song)

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"Infatuation"
Single by Rod Stewart
from the album Camouflage
Format 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl
Recorded 1984
Genre Pop rock
Length 5:13 (Album)
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Rod Stewart
Producer(s) Michael Omartian

"Infatuation" is a 1984 hit song by Rod Stewart. It was written by Stewart, and features guitar playing by Jeff Beck, who makes a cameo in the video.

Music Video[edit]

The song's video (produced by Michael Omartian) is a story filmed mostly in black in white. In the video, a woman (played by Kay Lenz[1]) moves in to an apartment complex where Stewart lives. Shortly after she settles in, Stewart is accosted by the woman's bodyguard (played by Mike Mazurki) asking about her, showing him a picture of her with two mobsters, one of the faces covered by the bodyguard's thumb; Stewart denies knowing the woman, though his apartment walls are covered with numerous pictures he took of the woman in various stages of dress; he is constantly snapping additional pictures or peering into the woman's apartment with his binoculars.

Eventually Stewart's obsession with the woman gets him in trouble; he is caught with his binoculars by the woman's bodyguard, who punches him in the face. After Stewart falls back on his pillow the film changes from black and white to color, suggesting a dream sequence. The last scene takes a surreal turn, showing Stewart standing at a moving carousel with Lenz trapped in the center while one of the two mobsters, riding a mount, taunts Stewart.

The video has two different endings: One ending shows the woman waving goodbye to Stewart as she and the other mobster (the one whose face was covered by the bodyguard's thumb in the picture) drive away in a blue convertible, leaving Stewart riding the carousel alone.[2] The other features the mobster driving away alone as Stewart and Lenz ride the carousel together in each other's arms.[3]

Mazurki later said that he met more famous people in the making of that video than in any of the feature films or TV shows in which he'd starred.[4]

Charts[edit]

The song reached #6 on Billboard's Hot 100 charts.[5] On the US dance charts, "Infatuation" was the last of five entries to make the chart, peaking at #19.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kay Lenz in Rod Stewart's Infatuation music video
  2. ^ "Infatuation" video with ending where Stewart loses the girl
  3. ^ "Infatuation" video with ending where Stewart gets the girl
  4. ^ Other works for Mike Mazurki
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 605. 
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 246. 

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