Eaten Alive is the lead single from Diana Ross' album "Eaten Alive."
The single was released on September 1, 1985. The song was written by Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb & Michael Jackson (who provided backing vocals on the track). It was produced by Barry Gibb, Michael Jackson, Karl Richardson & Albhy Galuten.
In the song's original copyright registration from March 11, 1985, the song was credited to Barry Gibb and Maurice Gibb. It wasn't until Michael Jackson heard the demo of the track that he suggested the chorus could be improved.
The second copyright registration was filed on June 1, 1985 (on the same day that Diana performed a sold-out concert at Joe Louis Arena in her hometown of Detroit) with the note "words and music in the choruses have been completely rewritten."
The music video (which was inspired by the film "The Island of Doctor Moreau") was directed by David Hogan.
It features Diana playing a cat-like demon seducing a man (portrayed by Joseph Gian) after having been pursued by chimeras.
"Eaten Alive" was a disappointment in the United States, peaking at #77 on the Billboard Hot 100 although it fared much better on Billboard's R&B Singles chart, where it peaked at number ten (which was helped by the music video's heavy rotation on the BET Network).
The song did reach the Top 10-Top 20 rankings in a few European countries such as Norway and The Netherlands.