Saturday, 16 January 2010

Maneater - Daryl Hall and John Oates

John Oates originally wrote 'Maneater' as a reggae-oriented song. On the insistance of Daryl Hall, the track was changed into a 'Motown kind of groove'. According to John Oates the inspiration for this song was English model and actress Kelly LeBrock. The track was included on their 1982 album 'H2O' and released as a single.

'Maneater' reached number 1 in the US Billboard Hot 100, number 6 in the UK singles chart and number 17 in the Dutch Top 40.

I actually have two different copies of this single: I bought the German pressing (pictured above) in 1995. Two years later, I saw the UK pressing and didn't recognise the sleeve. It's another example of how my photographic memory sometimes gets in the way...

My collection: 7" single no. 2469 / no. 2874
Found: Record fair, Amsterdam, September 16, 1995 / House of Rhythm, London, October 28
Cost: 1 guilder / 20p
Tracks: 'Maneater' / 'Delayed reaction'

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