80s Song of the Day: Obsession by Animotion

Obsession by Animotion was released November 23, 1984, with Turn Around as the B side. It was the debut single from the group’s self-titled debut album.

The song originally was written and recorded by Holly Knight and Michael Des Barres in 1983. This version was featured in the 1983 film A Night in Heaven; however, Animotion’s version was by far the big success of the two. It reached No. 5 in the United Kingdom and No. 6 in the United States.

The music video was in heavy rotation on MTV, contributing to the success of the single.

Picture sleeves for the original release (left) and Animotion’s release (right) of Obsession:


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