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The song was used in the 1983 film Flashdance and was inspired by the 1980 horror film Maniac. The film Maniac was about a serial killer who stalks his victims in New York City. The song's performer and co-writer Michael Sembello recalls that an early version of the chorus was:

He's a maniac, maniac that's for sure, He will kill your cat and nail him to the door. At the suggestion of the record's producer Phil Ramone, the lyrics were… read more

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Just a steel town girl on a Saturday night
Looking for the fight of her life
In the real time world no one sees her at all
They all say she's…

Michael Sembello - Maniac Lyrics

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