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Radio 55, side A, track 1: “Maniac” by Michael Sembello, #29 on The Top 90 of the ’80s

Michael Sembello - ManiacOh, Michael Sembello, I love this song a lot.  And most of that love, as I’ve said before, is because of Jennifer Beals.  I’m not going to go into detail about my love of this song as I will undoubtedly end up sounding pervy.  Which would be fair.  So I’ll just show you what I’m talking about as I feel the following clip speaks for itself.

“Maniac”

<awesome Michael Sembello jam>

Just a steel town girl on a Saturday night
Lookin’ for the fight of her life

In the real-time world no one sees her at all
They all say she’s crazy

Locking rhythms to the beat of her heart
Changing movement into light

She has danced into the danger zone
When the dancer becomes the dance

It can cutchoo like a knife
If the gift becomes the fire

On a wire between will and what will be

She’s a maniac, maniac on the floor

And she’s dancin’ like she’s never danced befooore

She’s a maniac, maniac on the floor

And she’s dancin’ like she’s never danced befoooooore
(Crazy crazy crazy crazy)
On the ice-blue line of insanity
It’s a place most never see

It’s a hard-won place of mystery
Touch it, but can’t hoooold it

You work all ya life for that moment in time
It could come or pass you by
It’s a push-shove world, but there’s always a chance
If the hunger stays the night

There’s a cold kinetic heat
Strugglin’, stretching for the beat

Never stopping with her head against the wind

She’s a maniac, maniac atcho door

And she’s dancin’ like she’s never danced befoooore

She’s a maniac, maniac atcho door

And she’s dancin’ like she’s never danced befooooore

<awesome Michael Sembello jam>

It can cutchoo like a knife
If the gift becomes the fire

On a wire between will and what will be

She’s a maniac, maniac atcho door (atcho door!)
And she’s dancin’ like she’s never danced befoooore

She’s a maniac, maniac atcho door

And she’s dancin’ like she’s never danced befooooore

Maniac, maniac atcho door

And she’s dancin’ like she’s never danced befoooooore

She’s a maniac, maniac

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