(Holly Knight/Michael Des Barres)
Before it’s major success this song, written in
1983, was first recorded and released by the composers. It achieved minimal attention even after
it had been picked to be used on the soundtrack of the 1983 movie A Night in Heaven, which starred
Lesley Ann Warren.
The song is basically about a stalker who is obsessed
with a younger girl and according to an interview by songfacts.com the
co-writer Holly Knight is said to have stated, as a creative person who
uses their imagination a lot, “I can’t imagine anyone in their
life never having a moment where they’re not obsessed with somebody
Nearly two years later, in early 1985, it was recorded
and released again in a new version by the New Wave group Animotion.
This time round it was a different story when the song with its
accompanying video became extremely popular on both sides of the Atlantic. It reached No. 5 on the UK
Singles chart and No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100. It appeared on their 1985 album The Best of Animotion.
In 1986 this hit version was used as the theme for Canada’s
FT-Fashion Television and has
been used for that programme ever since. Other shows that have used it include
Weeds, MTV’s House of Styles and NBC’s WWE
Saturday Night’s Main Event. Not being used just on the TV, it has
featured in several movies such as Adventureland, Edge
of Seventeen, El Cantante, Hot Tub Time Machine, Just
Can’t Get Enough, The King of Kong, Lucky Numbers and Nail
In the 2000s the song has also been sampled in the
song “I Will have You” by Andy J and covered by The Azoic on their 2004 Illuminate
and Sugababes for their 2005 Taller In More Ways.
In the world of video games it appears in 2002’s
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.