Animotion is an American synthpop band from Los Angeles, California, best known for the songs “Obsession”, “Let Him Go”, “I Engineer, and “Room to Move”.Formed in 1983 from the remnants of a retro science-fiction band called Red Zone, they signed a record deal with Mercury Records in 1984 and made four albums.
Animotion originally had five members, four of whom (lead singer Astrid Plane, keyboardist Paul Antonelli, bassist Charles Ottavio (not the original bassist of Red Zone), and drummer David “Frenchy” O’Brien)had originally been members of the band Red Zone. After the demise of that band, the four aforementioned members set about creating a new group with lead singer/guitarist Bill Wadhams; who would co-front the new band with Plane. Shortly after the formation of Animotion around this nucleus, lead guitarist Don Kirkpatrick was brought on board, completing the band’s most well-known line-up. They released their self-titled debut album in 1984. That year, a single from this album, “Obsession”, written by hit songwriter Holly Knight and noted British singer/actor Michael Des Barres (who originally cut the song themselves as “Knight and Des Barres” for the 1983 movie A Night in Heaven), became a worldwide success and the band’s first US Billboard Hot 100 Top Ten single. The follow-up single from this album, “Let Him Go”, also cracked the US Top 40 after being remixed in order to sound more like its predecessor.