This song about a raging animal lust took three years to complete. Following up their wildly successful 1983 Pyromania
album, the first attempts to record Hysteria
were with producer Jim Steinman, but that didn't work out very well. Steinman is the guy who crafted big, orchestral songs like "Total Eclipse Of The Heart
" and "Making Love Out Of Nothing At All
," and unlike Steinman's compositions, "Animal" won't leave you scratching your head or listening for the string section: it's straight-up rock produced by Mutt Lange, who took over the project 18 months after work started on the album.
And unlike the reckless passion that is the lyrical content, the song was produced to perfection, with Lange making sure every note was just right, ensuring they had a hit single to follow up Pyromania
"Animal" was released in advance of the album in the UK, and in America it followed "Women
" as the second single, leading a slow march up the charts for Hysteria
, which eventually landed at #1 after 49 weeks.