Absurd though it may sound, the Hall & Oates song “Maneater” traumatized me so much that I actually stopped listening to the radio. I used to listen to the radio all the time, but once that song came out, and once I heard it late at night (which, given my age at the time, was probably like 8 or 9pm), it freaked me out so badly that I had to enter a self-enforced radio silence for fear that the song might come on again. I was, of course, taking the lyrics too literally; my metaphor glands had not dropped yet.
UNK SEZ: Dear Nat: I know many people who claim to be scared of John Oates’ awesome mustache, but I have never heard of anyone being afraid of the smooth as velvet, blue-eyed soul, pop masterpiece “Maneater.” I always thought the song brought in the happy thoughts like NATASSIA KINSKI in PAUL SCHRADER‘s CAT PEOPLE (which was also released in 1982) or that awesome video game that looked like a shark’s face also entitled MANEATER. I do feel your pain though. I’ve mentioned before my on going adverse reaction to THE ALAN PARSONS PROJECT, but it seems your feeling towards “Maneater” more closely resembles my own for Paul McCartney and Wings’ horrifically spooky-toned song “Let ‘Em In“…you know, “Someone’s knocking on the door, somebody’s ringing the bell…do me a favor, open the door and let ’em in…” I remember hearing this song on my little transistor radio as a kid and being terrified by who might be behind said door (This being the seventies I was pretty sure it was Satan himself). Some nice youtuber made a mash-up of the song with a Beatles cartoon in which they are confronted by Frankenstein, the Wolfman and a bunch of other ghouls. Although it amounts to exactly zero in the sense making department, I think it perfectly illustrates what was going on inside my wee little brain at the time. (To be honest the song’s lazy marching beat still gives me the willies). To experience the creepy horror go HERE, otherwise you can always revisit your own unhappy place HERE. The sad news is, just like with my trauma song, you can be sure that “Maneater,” due to its popularity is never, ever, ever, going to go away!
UPDATE: The original WINGS‘ version of “Let Em In” is no longer scary to me now that I have witnessed BERT PARKS‘ performance of the same song at the 1976 Miss America Pageant. Only those who do not have residual LSD locked in their spinal cord should venture HERE!!!