Classic Songs Sunday: Animotion and Alice Cooper by Kaye Spencer #classicsongssunday #classicrock #synthpop

The two songs for today’s episode of Classic Songs Sunday share the theme of obsessing about someone in a romantic way, or not, depending upon your perspective:

Obsession by Animotion

and

This Maniac’s in Love with You by Alice Cooper

 

Obsession, originally written and recorded by Holly Knight and Michael Des Barnes in 1983, included spoken lines, which gave “the song a far more sinister feel”**. This version was not a hit. However, when the synth-pop group Animotion covered it in 1984 on their first album, a hit it became. The bizarre, and more than a little creepy, video so captured MTV viewers that by 1985, the song reached the Top 10 on the music charts and the Top 40 dance charts as well as achieving really annoying earworm status.

 

 

The original version debuted in the 1983 movie A Night in Heaven and in the 1986 trailer to the movie 9 ½ Weeks.

I remember the song as the theme song of the Saturday Night Main Event of the World Wrestling Federation, of which I was a fan with an (cough cough) Obsession for pro-wrestling during its heyday of Hulk Hogan, Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts, Rowdy Roddy Piper, the Vachon Brothers, Andre the Giant, Miss Elizabeth, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, et al. I miss those days…

I can’t think of another music video that is as creepy, bizarre, nonsensical, or hilarious as this one. I understand the creators were going for ‘who do you want me to be to make you sleep with me’, so we have the dressing up/role play characters, but they missed the mark.

It’s funny stuff.

Adding creepy insult to injury, This Maniac’s in Love with You by Alice Cooper lacks the goofy music video, but Alice Cooper keeps to his living-on-the-edge-of-sanity persona and does not disappoint with the creepy, stalker lyrics in this song (paraphrasing)—

  • Your fears coming true
  • Pleasure and pain
  • Mind in decay
  • Out of control
  • Coming to take you away

The song was written by Robert Held, Desmond Child, Tom Teeley, and Alice Cooper. This Maniac’s in Love with You is a track included on the 1989 album Trash (my personal favorite album of his, by the way), which was Alice Cooper’s eleventh studio album. The album is categorized as glam metal and heavy metal. Trash went Gold, mostly because of the popularity of the song Poison, and it peaked on Billboard at Number 20 on November, 17, 1989.

Until next time,
Kaye Spencer
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Resources:
Obsession song:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obsession_(Animotion_song)
**https://www.songfacts.com/facts/animotion/obsession
This Maniac’s in Love with You song:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trash_(Alice_Cooper_album)
https://www.billboard.com/music/Alice-Cooper/chart-history/TLP