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Michael Sembello

Best known as the composer and performer of the huge early-'80s dance hit "Maniac" (from the movie Flashdance), songwriter/guitarist/vocalist Michael Sembello has issued several solo albums over the years, in addition to producing, composing, and performing on other artist's recordings. Born in Philadelphia during 1954, Sembello got his start as part of Stevie Wonder's band in the early '70s, later doing session work for the likes of Sergio Mendes, the Jackson 5, Stephen Bishop, Randy Crawford, and David Sanborn, among others. But it was the soundtrack to the aforementioned 1983 movie Flashdance that brought Sembello his greatest acclaim, as the album has since gone on to be certified six times platinum. Sembello's solo albums have included such titles as 1983's Bossa Nova Hotel (which also included "Maniac"), 1986's Without Walls, 1992's Caravan of Dreams, and 1997's Backwards in Time, while he also found the time to launch a jazz outfit, the Bridge, in the late '90s (having issued a lone, self-titled debut). In addition, Sembello has either produced or written songs for Chaka Khan, George Benson, Gerardo, New Edition, the Temptations, and Donna Summer. ~ Greg Prato
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Selected Discography

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Track List: '80s Gold

Disc 1

1. Call Me

2. Sailing

3. Upside Down

4. Celebration

5. Bette Davis Eyes

6. Jessie's Girl

8. Waiting For A Girl Like You

10. Eye Of The Tiger

13. Come On Eileen

14. Maniac

15. All Night Long (All Night)

16. What's Love Got To Do With It

Disc 2

1. Don't You (Forget About Me)

2. Everybody Wants To Rule The World

3. Axel F

4. Take On Me

5. Addicted To Love

6. Holding Back The Years

7. Higher Love

8. Human

9. Amanda

10. Alone

11. Heaven Is A Place On Earth

12. Need You Tonight

14. Could've Been

15. My Prerogative

16. Forever Your Girl

17. Good Thing

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Track List: Body Moves: Non-Stop Disco Workout (Volume1)

1. Bad Girls

2. Funkytown

3. I Love The Nightlife (Disco 'Round)

4. Makin' It

5. Heaven Must Have Sent You

6. Instant Replay

7. Shake Your Groove Thing

8. Shame

9. Fame

10. Maniac

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Track List: Disco Nights, Vol. 8

1. Somebody's Watching Me

2. Maniac

3. Makin' It

4. San Francisco (You've Got Me)

5. Brazil

6. Bridge Over Troubled Water

7. Can't Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe

8. Hot Stuff

9. Thank God It's Friday

10. Take Me Home

11. She Works Hard For The Money

12. Ain't That Enough For You?

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Track List: Greatest Hits 2 (80er)

1. Come On Eileen

2. Maniac

4. Juliet

5. In The Army Now

6. First Time

7. Matador

8. Tainted Love

9. Fade To Grey

11. Boat On The River

12. Nikita

13. All Night Long (All Night)

14. Lessons In Love

15. The Look Of Love

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Track List: Let It Rock 1983

1. Africa

3. Sexual Healing

4. Electric Avenue

5. Goody Two Shoes

6. Puttin On The Ritz

7. Der Kommissar

8. Maniac

9. Fall In Love With Me

10. Baby I Lied

11. Hot Girls In Love

12. Total Eclipse Of The Heart

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Track List: Original Soundtrack

1. Flashdance...What A Feeling

7. Romeo

9. I'll Be Here Where The Heart Is

10. Maniac

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Scarface?
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Don't open the door there is a maniac there!!!
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Jump for my love , heavens at my door ; )
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Oh ok I like this song������
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This song "Maniac" is catchy. Love it.
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She's a maniac, maniac......
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" she the Maniac on the floor " yes maniac is my FAVORITE
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Michael Sembello is a talented a** dude. The song Maniac is what he's known for but, he's a serious musician with some pretty rad guitar/vocal skills. Michael has released tons of albums overseas, the U.S. didn't find him marketable as he wasn't a super handsome guy. He sounds like Stevie Wonder in his vocal approach because as a young man he played with Stevie as a guitarist I believe. Check his other stuff if you can find it, its quality.
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I LOVE the song maniac!!!
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duartesasha
i like the song i know theres a movie about it but never seen it i'v heard its good
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1 Kiss your left hand
2 Say your crushes name
3 Close your hand
4 Pick a school day
5 Say your name
6 Post this on 15 different songs and on the day you picked is the day your cherish will ask you to be more than friends.
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bella.2.123. 4 5 6 . 7 8 9 . 0
Cool remix
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inluckinak
Flashback to flash dance.
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Flashback
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Crazy song. Maniac!! ;-P
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Maniac! Lol
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bella.2.123. 4 5 6 . 7 8 9 . 0
Maniac 4ever!!!
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This song is awesome
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Love this song!
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klb19691988
Manic all the way
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This song was originally were about a slasher out a serial killer. They asked Sembello to change the lyrics to make it for the Flashdance movie. No lie!
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renee1028
I just discovered I was 'totally' murderlizing the lyrics to this song as a teen. Thanks for the lyrics Pandora.
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everybody, run in place and don't forget your leg warmers!!
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i think it's "steel town girl"... no? lyrics say "still town". i can only picture chris farley's fat, mud-covered face when i hear this. why'd you leave me chris?
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have always loved maniac... high energy and good lyrics
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Did Michael Sembello do anything of note aside from Maniac? There's a guy who came out of nowhere, and went back there quicly--grea t tune, though!
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Maniac was one of the greatest songs of the 80's and the flashdance soundtrack is amazing!
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This one is for baby Zeneray
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omg i LOVE maniac

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