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Oh-oh, here she comes: John Oates spills all about the woman behind Hall & Oates’ ‘Maneater’

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John Oates revisited Electric Lady Studios — the legendary recording mecca in Greenwich Village, Manhattan where Hall & Oates made many of their ‘80s classics — he got back in touch with one particular hit.That would be “Maneater,” the longest-running of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame duo’s six No.

1 singles.Released in October 1982 as the first single from Hall & Oates’ double-platinum “H2O” album, the song was inspired by a woman who Oates encountered back in those wild Village days — decades before his and Daryl Hall’s shocking band split last fall.“A couple streets over, there was a restaurant called Marylou’s, and it was a late-night hang,” Oates, 76, exclusively told The Post outside of Electric Lady Studios, where the twosome recorded 1981’s “Private Eyes” and 1984’s “Big Bam Boom” in addition to 1982’s “H2O.”“And I was in there one night with a group of friends sitting at a table, and this gal came in, and she was absolutely drop-dead gorgeous,” he recalled. “And her great beauty was in stark contrast to her filthy vocabulary.

And she opened her mouth, told the dirtiest joke I’d ever heard, and something hit me and I said, ‘Man, she would chew you up and spit you out.’”“And then as I walked home, which was only a couple blocks away, I started thinking about that: ‘Oh, she’s a maneater.

Uh-oh, OK, I got this,'” he went on. “And then I started working on the thing, and I had a chorus, which I did as a reggae song initially.

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