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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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Track List: Bossa Nova Hotel

1. Automatic Man

2. First Time

3. Cowboy

4. It's Over

5. Maniac

6. Godzilla

7. Talk

8. Cadillac

9. Lay Back [Menage A Trois]

10. Superman

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Track List: The Lost Years

1. Love Doesn't Live Here Anymore

2. Tear Down The Walls

3. The Winter Of Our Love

4. Black Rain

5. Heavy Weather

6. One Planet, One People

7. Maniac (New Version)

8. The Life Of My Broken Heart

9. Where Are We Now

10. Rub The Stone

11. Voodoo (Bonus Track)

12. What You Really Want (Bonus Track)

13. Burn It Up (Bonus Track)

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I will dance for you anytime you want I'll show you what to do my love hope you are still mine Mike
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moleculematt
This song is so popular. Love it.
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Scarface?
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Don't open the door there is a maniac there!!!
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lesia1968
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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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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