“Maniac” – MICHAEL SEMBELLO (1983)

Michael Sembello – “Maniac” (1983)

Steeltown girl Alex Owens is hard at work. She’s got big dreams of studying ballet, but right now, they’re just dreams. She’s holding down a factory job during the day and dancing at a strip club at night. When she has time, she works out, hard. We see her taping up her feet and stretching out in painful-looking ways. We see her shaking her majestic mane of hair, her face showing some beatific form of ecstasy. On the soundtrack, Michael Sembello sings that she’s a maniac, maniac on the floor, that she’s dancing like she’s never danced before. But it seems like she dances like this all the time.

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