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OK, my ever-so-clever friends, riddle me this - identify the following song:

  • One-word title
  • Begins with "M"
  • Soft rock
  • One-hit wonder
  • Male singer
  • 80's timeframe
  • The two lines of the chorus repeat once, making up the entirety of the chorus
Go! (And if I can't get an answer here, I might actually post on SDMB. Gasp!)

Edited to add: thespian guessed correctly - it was "Maniac," by Michael Sembello. I'd heard it on the radio yesterday afternoon, then, in my aged state, I'd forgotten what it was, but remembered those little snippets, so since it had been driving me crazy, I figured you all could alleviate my Alzheimer's. (I remember weird stuff about things, like what side of the book a particular sentence was on, or that I last saw my glasses in something blue or whatever.)

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esprix
Dec. 19th, 2007 07:18 pm (UTC)
Hey, wow, that just about fits, doesn't it? But no, that's not it. :P
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esprix
Dec. 19th, 2007 08:42 pm (UTC)
Don't know - that's why I'm asking. :P
mikekn
Dec. 19th, 2007 07:25 pm (UTC)
My first thought was Mandy, but Barry Manilow isn't really a one-hit wonder...

esprix
Dec. 19th, 2007 08:42 pm (UTC)
Nope.
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esprix
Dec. 19th, 2007 08:43 pm (UTC)
Definitely not it, but earworms are people, too!
thespian
Dec. 19th, 2007 07:31 pm (UTC)
Mary's Prayer by Danny Wilson?

Hmm. maybe not. It fits everything but 'one word title' though.

esprix
Dec. 19th, 2007 08:43 pm (UTC)
Two words. Bzzzzz.
darrelx
Dec. 19th, 2007 07:49 pm (UTC)
Motortown by the Kang Gang?
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darrelx
Dec. 19th, 2007 07:59 pm (UTC)
Actually, after looking it up on Google, it's the "Kane Gang" and the two-line chorus doesn't really repeat, but it kinda sounds like it.

Lyrics here

Music Video (on a spanish-language site) here
esprix
Dec. 19th, 2007 08:43 pm (UTC)
Nope. Don't even know that one.
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esprix
Dec. 19th, 2007 08:43 pm (UTC)
Nope. Don't even know that one.
thespian
Dec. 19th, 2007 09:07 pm (UTC)
Maniac?

One-word title: check.
Begins with "M": check.
Soft rock: maybe. certainly wasn't cutting edge.
One-hit wonder: Michael Sembello.
Male singer: check.
80's timeframe: from the Flashdance soundtrack; doesn't get more 80s than that
The two lines of the chorus repeat once, making up the entirety of the chorus:
She's a maniac, maniac on the floor
She's dancing like she's never danced before
She's a maniac, maniac on the floor
And she's dancing like she's never danced before

thespian
Dec. 19th, 2007 09:11 pm (UTC)
there seems to be a second chorus, where the lyrics are, instead:

She's a maniac, maniac, I sure know
And she's dancing like she's never danced before
She's a maniac, maniac, I sure know
And she's dancing like she's never danced before

But again, 2-line chorus, repeated twice to make the whole chorus.

In other words, if this isn't randomly it, I don't think there's enough information to answer this.
darrelx
Dec. 19th, 2007 09:24 pm (UTC)
I think we have a winner... Michael Sembello *did* have one other chart-making hit in the same year, though: "Automatic Man" reached #34 on the Billboard top 40 during the same year that "Maniac" was #1... but since they both appeared on the same album, I guess you could still call him a one-hit wonder.

Alan? Is this the one you were looking for?
thespian
Dec. 19th, 2007 09:39 pm (UTC)
Maniac was a hit because of Flashdance; I do suspect that if it had never appeared in the movie, the album would have gone nowhere. Always hard to tell with this sort of speculation - there's always the chance that if he'd developed his career naturally, he'd still be putting out hit albums today ;-)
esprix
Dec. 19th, 2007 09:58 pm (UTC)
Bingo. :)
esprix
Dec. 19th, 2007 09:57 pm (UTC)
Bingo! You win. :D
fabricdragon
Dec. 19th, 2007 09:17 pm (UTC)
mony mony by billy idol fits but he isnt a one hit wonder....
esprix
Dec. 19th, 2007 09:58 pm (UTC)
bzzzt. :)
fabricdragon
Dec. 19th, 2007 09:18 pm (UTC)
missing you by John Waite?
esprix
Dec. 19th, 2007 09:58 pm (UTC)
Nope.
fabricdragon
Dec. 19th, 2007 09:46 pm (UTC)
hubby says
Makin' It by David Naughton (1977)
Pop Musik by M (1979)

both fit to one degree or another...

esprix
Dec. 19th, 2007 09:58 pm (UTC)
Re: hubby says
Neither. Remember, one-word title. The winner was "Maniac." :D
fabricdragon
Dec. 19th, 2007 10:05 pm (UTC)
Re: hubby says
ah? i thought i saw that that WASNT it.... which is why i kept guessing.
troystar
Dec. 20th, 2007 03:09 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't call it soft rock. There is this stupid car commercial which uses the song and the salesman does the dance routine.
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