Maneater (Hall & Oates song)

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"Maneater"
Single by Hall & Oates
from the album H2O
B-side"Delayed Reaction"
ReleasedOctober 31, 1982
FormatVinyl record (7")
RecordedDecember 1981
GenreDance-rock
New Wave
Blue-eyed soul
Length4:33
LabelRCA Records
Writer(s)Sara Allen, Daryl Hall, John Oates
ProducerDaryl Hall, John Oates
Hall & Oates singles chronology
"Your Imagination"
(1982)
"Maneater"
(1982)
"One on One"
(1983)
 
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"Maneater"
Single by Hall & Oates
from the album H2O
B-side"Delayed Reaction"
ReleasedOctober 31, 1982
FormatVinyl record (7")
RecordedDecember 1981
GenreDance-rock
New Wave
Blue-eyed soul
Length4:33
LabelRCA Records
Writer(s)Sara Allen, Daryl Hall, John Oates
ProducerDaryl Hall, John Oates
Hall & Oates singles chronology
"Your Imagination"
(1982)
"Maneater"
(1982)
"One on One"
(1983)

"Maneater" is a single recorded by American duo Hall & Oates from their 1982 album H2O. It reached number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on December 18, 1982.[1] It remained in the top spot for four weeks, more than any of the duo's five other number-one hits, including Kiss on My List, which remained in the top spot for three weeks.

Contents

Background and writing

In an interview with American Songwriter in 2009,[2] Daryl Hall recalled,

John had written a prototype of "Maneater;" he was banging it around with Edgar Winter. It was like a reggae song. I said, "Well, the chords are interesting, but I think we should change the groove." I changed it to that Motown kind of groove. So we did that, and I played it for Sara [Allen] and sang it for her…[Sings] "Oh here she comes/Watch out boy she’ll chew you up/Oh here she comes/She’s a maneater… and a…" I forget what the last line was. She said, "Drop that shit in the end and go, 'She’s a maneater,' and stop! And I said, 'No, you’re crazy, that’s messed up.'" Then I thought about it, and I realized she was right. And it made all the difference in the song.

Hall also opined,[3] "We try and take chances. Our new single "Maneater" isn't something that sounds like anything else on the radio. The idea is to make things better."

Music video

The Hall & Oates music video opens with a woman (Aleksandra Duncan) walking down a red staircase, and the band playing in a dimly lit studio with shafts of light projecting down on them. The band members step in and out of the light for their lip sync. A young woman in a short party dress is shown in fade-in and fade-out shots, along with a black jaguar, hence the song line "The woman is wild, a she-cat tamed by the purr of a Jaguar." The song's chorus is "oh, oh here she comes; watch out boy, she'll chew you up; oh, oh here she comes, she's a maneater."

Legal action

In November 2008, Hall & Oates initiated legal action against their music publisher (Warner/Chappell Music). An unidentified singer-songwriter was alleged to have used "Maneater" in a 2006 recording, infringing copyright, and by failing to sue for copyright infringement, Warner Chappell Music were alleged to have breached their contract with Hall and Oates.[4]

Cover versions

Live cover performances

Sampling

References in film, TV and video games

Chart performance

Chart (1982-1983)Peak
position
Canadian Singles Chart4
German Singles Chart15
Netherlands Singles Chart18
New Zealand Singles Chart4
Norwegian Singles Chart6
South African Singles Chart2
Swedish Singles Chart5
Swiss Singles Chart2
UK Singles Chart6
U.S. Billboard Hot 1001
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks14
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs18
U.S. Billboard Hot Soul Singles78

References

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications)
  2. ^ Sharp, Ken (January 23, 2009 (2009-01-23)). "HALL AND OATES: Soul Survivors". American Songwriter. http://www.americansongwriter.com/2009/01/hall-and-oates-soul-survivors/. Retrieved April 22, 2012 (2012-04-22). 2
  3. ^ Tobler, John (1992). NME Rock 'N' Roll Years (1st ed.). London: Reed International Books Ltd. p. 372. CN 5585. 
  4. ^ "Hall and Oates take legal action". BBC News. November 7, 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/7714909.stm. 
  5. ^ "Go Google: Hall and Oates". YouTube Video. Google. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0hHaQgdypI&feature=plcp. Retrieved 16 May 2012. 

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Preceded by
"Mickey" by Toni Basil
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
December 18, 1982- January 8, 1983
Succeeded by
"Down Under" by Men at Work