Hi Everybody!!! I hope you all had a great Week-End.....For today's Musical Monday, I have an interesting little story to tell you, pull up a seat....
One night musician/songwriter Michael Sembello rented a copy of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre", a particularly gruesome horror flick. After watching it he decided just for kicks, to write a song about a mass muderer. After he and his writing partner churned out a rough copy of a song, they put it on a cassette and returned to writing silly love songs.
A few weeks later record producer Phil Ramone, asked Sembello to contribute a song or two toward a new project over at Paramount films called "Flashdance". He penned a couple of tunes he thought might work, and asked his wife to put them on tape and send them off to Paramount.
She went to the studio, grabbed a tape copied the songs, and dropped it in the Mail.
The very next day she took a call from Paramount. It seems the studio listened to the songs, but there was one in particular that they were really crazy about....They tested it with a specific scene they were shooting, and it fit perfectly, and they definately wanted to use that song for the movie. "Which song?" she asked. The reply, " I don't know, all I know is that at the end it just keeps repeating something about a Maniac!"..."OMG" she thought, she had put his demo songs on the tape with the "Chainsaw" inspired tune. She called the studio and told them that it was a mistake that the song was even on there, but they insisted that they wanted that song!!
When Sembello found out, he was so shocked that he didn't believe his wife. But Ramone confirmed it, adding that Paramount wanted the lyrics changed to fit the dance scene. In the new version the Maniac was dance-crazy, NOT bloodthirsty!!!
"Maniac"---the song no one was ever supposed to hear--Became Sembello's first million selling hit--A #1 song-- and an Oscar nominee.
Hope you all enjoyed that little tale.... Peace.