Michael Jackson ‎– Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'

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4th single from Thriller was released in the UK on 30 May 1983 on 7" & 12".

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
34 03914 Michael Jackson Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'(7") Epic 34 03914 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
EPC 1920-2 Michael Jackson Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' / Billy Jean(7") Epic EPC 1920-2 Netherlands 1982 Sell This Version
AAP 98 Michael Jackson Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'(12", Single) CBS/Sony AAP 98 Hong Kong 1982 Sell This Version
34-03914 Michael Jackson Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'(7", Promo) Epic 34-03914 US 1982 Sell This Version
PRO 323 Michael Jackson Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'(7", S/Sided, Promo) Epic PRO 323 Netherlands 1982 Sell This Version
ES 877 Michael Jackson Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'(7", Single, Promo) Epic ES 877 Australia 1982 Sell This Version
34-03914 Michael Jackson Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'(7", Styrene) Epic 34-03914 US 1982 Sell This Version
TA 3427 Michael Jackson / The Jacksons Michael Jackson / The Jacksons - Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' / Rock With You (Live)(12", Single) Epic TA 3427 UK 1983 Sell This Version
7201 Michael Jackson Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' = Quieres Comenzar Algo(7", Single) Epic 7201 Peru 1983 Sell This Version
07・5P-232 Michael Jackson = マイケル・ジャクソン* Michael Jackson = マイケル・ジャクソン* - Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' = スタート・サムシング(7", Single) Epic 07・5P-232 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
07・5P-232 Michael Jackson = マイケル・ジャクソン* Michael Jackson = マイケル・ジャクソン* - Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' = スタート・サムシング(7", Single, Promo) Epic 07・5P-232 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
12EXP 03915, 12EXP-03915 Michael Jackson Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'(12") Epic, Epic 12EXP 03915, 12EXP-03915 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
EPC A 12.3427 Michael Jackson Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'(12") Epic EPC A 12.3427 Spain 1983 Sell This Version
49-03915 Michael Jackson Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'(12") Epic 49-03915 US 1983 Sell This Version
AAP 98 Michael Jackson Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'(12") CBS AAP 98 US 1983 Sell This Version
EPCA 12.3427, A12.3427 Michael Jackson Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'(12", Maxi) Epic, Epic EPCA 12.3427, A12.3427 Europe 1983 Sell This Version
49-03915 Michael Jackson Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'(12", Promo) Epic 49-03915 US 1983 Sell This Version
ES 12068 Michael Jackson Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'(12", Single) Epic ES 12068 Australia 1983 Sell This Version
34-03914 Michael Jackson Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'(7") Epic 34-03914 US 1983 Sell This Version
34-03914 Michael Jackson Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'(7", Gen) Epic 34-03914 US 1983 Sell This Version
55-03914 Michael Jackson Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'(7", RE) Epic, Collectables 55-03914 US 1983 Sell This Version
55-03914 Michael Jackson Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'(7", RE, Styrene) Epic 55-03914 US 1983 Sell This Version
EPC A 3427 Michael Jackson Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'(7", S/Sided, Single, Promo) Epic EPC A 3427 Spain 1983 Sell This Version
EPC A 3427, A 3427 Michael Jackson Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'(7", Single) Epic, Epic EPC A 3427, A 3427 Ireland 1983 Sell This Version
ES 877 Michael Jackson Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'(7", Single) Epic ES 877 New Zealand 1983 Sell This Version
EPC A 3427 Michael Jackson Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'(7", Single) Epic EPC A 3427 Spain 1983 Sell This Version
A3427, EPC A 3427 Michael Jackson Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'(7", Single) Epic, Epic A3427, EPC A 3427 France 1983 Sell This Version
EPC A 3427, A3427 Michael Jackson Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'(7", Single) Epic, Epic EPC A 3427, A3427 Europe 1983 Sell This Version
EPC A 3427, A3427 Michael Jackson Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'(7", Single) Epic, Epic EPC A 3427, A3427 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
ES 877 Michael Jackson Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'(7", Single) Epic ES 877 Australia 1983 Sell This Version
EPCA 3427, A3427 Michael Jackson Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'(7", Single) Epic, Epic EPCA 3427, A3427 Europe 1983 Sell This Version
EPC A3427, A3427 Michael Jackson Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'(7", Single, Blu) Epic, Epic EPC A3427, A3427 Europe 1983 Sell This Version
A 3427, A3427 Michael Jackson Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'(7", Single, Inj) Epic, Epic A 3427, A3427 UK 1983 Sell This Version
A3427, A 3427 Michael Jackson Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'(7", Single, Pap) Epic, Epic A3427, A 3427 UK 1983 Sell This Version
A3427 Michael Jackson Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'(7", Single, Promo) Epic A3427 UK 1983 Sell This Version
EPC A3427, A3427 Michael Jackson Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'(7", Single, blu) Epic, Epic EPC A3427, A3427 Europe 1983 Sell This Version
12・3P-491 Michael Jackson Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' / Beat It(12", Maxi) Epic 12・3P-491 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
XPR 2265, 31-002265-22 Michael Jackson Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' (The Classic Remix Series - Part 2)(12", Promo) Epic, Epic XPR 2265, 31-002265-22 UK 1995 Sell This Version

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Otori_Kaede

Otori_Kaede

August 21, 2016
referencing Wanna Be Startin' Somethin', 12", EPC A 12.3427
I have the Holland pressed one, 11-003427-20, distributed in France by CBS Disques. I can't find it anywhere.
GoodNF

GoodNF

June 3, 2011
edited over 7 years ago
referencing Wanna Be Startin' Somethin', 12", Maxi, EPCA 12.3427, A12.3427
"Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" is the opener of the "Thriller" album and was a club favourite way back in 1983. As the album version was played in the clubs, it was a logical consequence this being a single.
The album version was only extended with three small pieces of extra music, making this version 30 seconds longer than the album version and therefore and "extended version".
With its closing chant "ma-ma-se, ma-ma-sa, ma-ma-kossa", the song has a clear reference to Manu Dibango's classic "Soul Makossa".

One of the most remarkable things about "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" is that it has enriched the Dutch dictionary. The aforementioned closing chant is often misheard as a Dutch phrase named "Mama appelsap", meaning something like "Mother apple juice". Several years later, a Dutch radio program adopted the phrase and invited listeners to send their misheard foreign languages lyrics in Dutch. Since then, the term "Mama Appelsap" refers to hearing Dutch language words or phrases in songs of non-Dutch language. Lots of websites are devoted to this phenomenon and several groups about the subject can be found on various social networks.

Please do not confuse a "Mama Appelsap" with a "mondegreen", which refers to mishearing something in the SAME language, like "the dogs say goodnight" instead of "the dark sacred night" in Louis Armstrong's "What a wonderful world".
mixer167

mixer167

May 19, 2011
referencing Wanna Be Startin' Somethin', 12", 49-03915
this record come out in 1982 not 1983 it's on the label