Michael Jackson ‎– Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'

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Epic ‎– EPCA 12.3427, Epic ‎– A12.3427
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Vinyl, 12", Maxi-Single, 45 RPM
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A Michael Jackson Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' 6:30
B1 Michael Jackson Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' (Instrumental) 6:30
B2 The Jacksons Rock With You (Live)
Producer – The JacksonsWritten-By – R. Temperton*
3:55

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Track A1, B1 special versions taken from the album Thriller
Track B2 taken from the album The Jacksons - Live
Track B2: Rodsongs / All rights Admin. by Rondor Music (London) Ltd.

Written on the cover:
©1983 CBS Inc.
℗1982 CBS Inc.

Written on the labels:
Track A1 & B1: ℗1982 CBS Inc.
Track B2: ℗1981 CBS Inc.

Made in Holland/Distribue en France par CBS Disques

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  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout groove, stamped): 12-3427-1A-1 A NL
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout groove, stamped): 12-3427-1B-1 A NL
  • Rights Society: BIEM/STEMRA
  • Label Code (Cover & label): LC -0199
  • Other (Cover back): 11-003427-20
  • Price Code: CB 241

Other Versions (5 of 39) View All

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
34-03914 Michael Jackson Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'(7", Single, Promo, Gen) Epic 34-03914 US 1982 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
34-03914 Michael Jackson Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'(7", Single, Com) Epic 34-03914 US 1983 Sell This Version
34-03914 Michael Jackson Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'(7", Styrene, Pit) Epic 34-03914 US 1983 Sell This Version

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June 3, 2011
edited over 8 years ago
"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".