Opposites Attract

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"Opposites Attract"
Paula abdul opposites attract single.jpg
Single by Paula Abdul and The Wild Pair
from the album Forever Your Girl
B-side"One or the Other"
ReleasedNovember 28, 1989
Length3:45 = 4:25 (album version)
Songwriter(s)Oliver Leiber
Paula Abdul singles chronology
"Cold Hearted"
"Opposites Attract"
"Rush Rush"

"Opposites Attract" is a song recorded by Paula Abdul, featured on her debut album Forever Your Girl. It was written and produced by Oliver Leiber. Vocals on the song, in addition to Abdul, were provided by Bruce DeShazer and Marv Gunn, also known as The Wild Pair. "Opposites Attract" was the sixth and final single from the album, and achieved success in many countries, including the United States and Australia, where it was a number-one hit.

Lyrics and music video[edit]

The lyrics are about a couple who love each other despite being different in just about every way possible.

The song's music video was directed by Candace Reckinger and Michael Patterson,[1] in which Abdul dances with cartoon character MC Skat Kat, voiced by The Wild Pair, Bruce DeShazer and Marvin Gunn. The music video adds an intro rap written by Romany Malco.[2] An additional rap was provided by Derrick "Delite" Stevens[3] for the Street mix version of the song, which was edited for the 7"/video.

The idea of MC Skat Kat came from the Gene Kelly film Anchors Aweigh, where Kelly dances with Jerry Mouse from the Tom and Jerry cartoon series. Paula even choreographed the animated character's moves to match her live-action dance moves in the video. MC Skat Kat was animated by members of the Disney animation team, working outside the studio between major projects, under the direction of Chris Bailey.[4] M. C. Skat Kat's movements were the result of rotoscoping animation, with Michael "Boogaloo Shrimp" Chambers standing in for the character against a blue screen, then drawing the animated form over Chambers' dance moves. The Wild Pair did not appear in the video.

The video won the 1991 Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video.

Chart performances[edit]

"Opposites Attract" became one of the most popular R&B and dance-pop singles of 1990. The single initially rose from #72 to #47 the week of December 23, 1989, and landed at number one the week of February 10, 1990, where it remained for three weeks, matching the run of "Straight Up". It became Abdul's fourth number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100 and made her only the fourth artist in music history to score four number-one hits from a single album, after Whitney Houston, George Michael and Michael Jackson. (Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Usher and Katy Perry would later duplicate the feat.) "Opposites Attract" also topped the charts in Australia, and peaked at #2 in the United Kingdom.

Track listings[edit]

Official mixes[edit]

  • Album version – 4:23
  • 7" mix / 7" Edit – 3:46 (Keith Cohen)
  • Street mix – 4:35 (as above)
  • Magnetic mix – 4:33 (as above)
  • Dub version – 6:26 (as above)
  • 1990 mix – 6:48 (as above)
  • 12" mix – 5:39 (Steve Beltran)
  • Club mix – 6:04 (Chris Cox for Hot Tracks remix service)
  • Party dub – 3:10 (as above)
  • Shep's Special mix – 6:43 (Shep Pettibone)

Charts and certifications[edit]


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  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-12-10. Retrieved 2007-10-28.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) Will the real MC Skat Kat please stand up?
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  8. ^ German Singles Chart Charts-surfer.de (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
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  10. ^ UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
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  12. ^ 1990 Australian Singles Chart aria.com (Retrieved September 5, 2008)
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  15. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1990". Retrieved 2009-09-15.
  16. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 60th Anniversary Interactive Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  17. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  18. ^ US certifications riaa.com (Retrieved September 5, 2008)

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