Opposites Attract

by Paula Abdul with The Wild Pair

Top hit from: 04.02 to 24.02.1990

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"Opposites Attract" is a song recorded by Paula Abdul, featured on her debut album Forever Your Girl. It was written and produced by Oliver Leiber, who came up with the title after browsing a bookstore. Vocals on the song, in addition to Abdul, were provided by Bruce DeShazer and Marv Gunn, aka 'The Wild Pair'. "Opposites Attract" was the sixth and final single from the album, and achieved success in many countries, including the US and Australia where it was a #1 hit.
The lyrics are about a couple who love each other despite being different in just about every way possible.
The song is distinctive for its colorful music video created and directed by Candace Reckinger & Michael Patterson, in which Abdul dances with cartoon character MC Skat Kat, voiced by 'The Wild Pair'. The music video adds an intro rap performed by Romany Malco. An additional rap was provided by Derrick 'Delite' Stevens for the Street mix version of the song, which was edited for the 7"/video.
The idea of MC Skat Kat came from the Gene Kelly film Anchors Aweigh, where Kelly dances with Jerry Mouse from the Tom and Jerry cartoon series. Paula even choreographed the animated character's moves to match her

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Lyrics

Everything I say and do and think
You seem to disagree
Admit it, babe
Everything you needed to be happy
Was a mystery
I didn't get it babe
They say that opposites attract
I don't know about that
I don't wanna be the one to tell you
That you've lost your mind
'Cause so have I
You don't have to be the one
To tell me that I'm outta line
My perfect Valentine
They say that opposites attract
I'm not sure about that

One more night of shouting
One more broken glass
If we could see ourselves
Through someone else's eyes
Even we would laugh
Maybe there's a way we can accomplish
The impossible
You never know
All that it would take is just
An ordinary miracle
Even though
They say that sometimes you just snap
And you can never get it back
They say that opposites attract
We'll have to see about that