Maniac (song)

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Single by Michael Sembello
from the album Bossa Nova Hotel and Flashdance
Released June 5, 1983
Format 7"
Recorded 1982
Genre Hi-NRG, synthpop
Length 4:12
4:21 (album version)
5:57 (12" version)
Label EMI, Casablanca
Writer(s) Dennis Matkosky and Michael Sembello
Producer(s) Phil Ramone
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"Maniac" is a synthpop song performed by Michael Sembello. The song was used in the 1983 film Flashdance.

"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.

The song was included in Flashdance after Sembello's wife accidentally included it on a tape sent to executives at Paramount Pictures who were looking for music to use in the film.[1]

A dance music version was released in 2000, by Irish DJ Mark McCabe, entitled Maniac 2000.

Charts and awards[edit]

"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. 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". The Original Soundtrack of Flashdance won the 1983 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. Another song from the film, "Flashdance... What a Feeling" performed by Irene Cara, won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1983.

Other appearances[edit]

In film, the song is featured in Jake Speed (1986) performed instrumentally by a nightclub band,[2] Tommy Boy (1995), when Chris Farley gets hosed at a gas station; it also features in American Wedding (2003), when Stifler dances to it in a dance-off competition in a gay nightclub.

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Preceded by
"Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" by Eurythmics
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
September 10, 1983 – September 17, 1983
Succeeded by
"Tell Her About It" by Billy Joel
Preceded by
"Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" by Eurythmics
Canadian RPM Singles Chart number-one single
September 24, 1983 – October 8, 1983
Succeeded by
"King of Pain" by The Police