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Michael JacksonWanna Be Startin' Somethin'

Genre:Funk / Soul, Pop
Style:Disco, Funk
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Tracklist

Michael JacksonWanna Be Startin' Somethin'4:15
The JacksonsRock With You (Live)3:55

Notes

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

The bassline was taken from the album version of "Cerrone - Supernature" (1977).

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    Cover of Wanna Be Startin' Somethin', 1982, VinylWanna Be Startin' Somethin'
    7"
    Epic – 34 03914Canada1982Canada1982
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    Cover of Wanna Be Startin' Somethin', 1982, VinylWanna Be Startin' Somethin'
    7", 45 RPM, Single, Promo
    Generic Sleeve
    Epic – 34-03914US1982US1982
    New Submission
    Cover of Wanna Be Startin' Somethin', 1982, VinylWanna Be Startin' Somethin'
    7", 45 RPM, Single, Promo
    Epic – ES 877Australia1982Australia1982
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' / Billy Jean, 1982, VinylWanna Be Startin' Somethin' / Billy Jean
    7", 45 RPM, Single, Stereo
    Epic – EPC 1920-2Suriname1982Suriname1982
    New Submission
    Cover of Wanna Be Startin' Somethin', 1982, VinylWanna Be Startin' Somethin'
    7", 45 RPM, Single Sided, Promo, Stereo
    Epic – PRO 323Netherlands1982Netherlands1982
    New Submission
    Cover of Wanna Be Startin' Somethin', 1982, VinylWanna Be Startin' Somethin'
    12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Single
    CBS/Sony – AAP 98Hong Kong1982Hong Kong1982
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Wanna Be Startin' Somethin', 1982, VinylWanna Be Startin' Somethin'
    7", 45 RPM, Single, Promo
    Picture Sleeve
    Epic – 34-03914US1982US1982
    New Submission
    Cover of Wanna Be Startin' Somethin’, 1982, VinylWanna Be Startin' Somethin’
    12", 45 RPM, Promo
    Epic – ES 12068Australia1982Australia1982
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Wanna Be Startin' Somethin', 1983, VinylWanna Be Startin' Somethin'
    12", 45 RPM, Maxi-Single, Stereo
    Epic – EPCA 12.3427, Epic – A12.3427, Epic – EPCA 12-3427
    +1 more label...
    Europe1983Europe1983
    Cover of Wanna Be Startin' Somethin', 1983, VinylWanna Be Startin' Somethin'
    12", 33 ⅓ RPM
    Epic – 49-03915US1983US1983
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Wanna Be Startin' Somethin', 1983, VinylWanna Be Startin' Somethin'
    7", 45 RPM, Single, Stereo
    Epic – EPCA 3427, Epic – A3427Europe1983Europe1983
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Wanna Be Startin' Somethin', 1983, VinylWanna Be Startin' Somethin'
    7", 45 RPM, Single
    Injection-Moulded Labels
    Epic – A 3427, Epic – A3427UK1983UK1983
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Wanna Be Startin' Somethin', 1983-07-25, VinylWanna Be Startin' Somethin'
    12", Single
    Epic – ES 12068Australia1983Australia1983
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' / Rock With You (Live), 1983, VinylWanna Be Startin' Somethin' / Rock With You (Live)
    12", 45 RPM, Single
    Epic – TA 3427UK1983UK1983
    Cover of Wanna Be Startin' Somethin', 1983, VinylWanna Be Startin' Somethin'
    12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Promo
    Epic – 49-03915US1983US1983
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Wanna Be Startin' Somethin', 1983, VinylWanna Be Startin' Somethin'
    12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Single
    Epic – 12EXP 03915Canada1983Canada1983
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Wanna Be Startin' Somethin', 1983, VinylWanna Be Startin' Somethin'
    7", 45 RPM, Reissue, Styrene
    Epic – 55-03914US1983US1983
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Wanna Be Startin' Somethin', 1983, VinylWanna Be Startin' Somethin'
    7", 45 RPM, Single
    Epic – EPC A 3427Spain1983Spain1983
    Cover of Wanna Be Startin' Somethin', 1983, VinylWanna Be Startin' Somethin'
    7", Single, 45 RPM
    Epic – EPC A 3427, Epic – A3427Germany1983Germany1983
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Wanna Be Startin' Somethin', 1983-05-00, VinylWanna Be Startin' Somethin'
    7", 45 RPM, Styrene
    Pitman Pressing
    Epic – 34-03914US1983US1983
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' = スタート・サムシング, 1983, VinylWanna Be Startin' Somethin' = スタート・サムシング
    7", 45 RPM, Single, Promo
    Epic – 07・5P-232Japan1983Japan1983
    New Submission
    Cover of Wanna Be Startin' Somethin', 1983, VinylWanna Be Startin' Somethin'
    12", 45 RPM
    Epic – EPC A 12.3427Spain1983Spain1983
    New Submission
    Cover of Wanna Be Startin' Somethin', 1983, VinylWanna Be Startin' Somethin'
    7", 45 RPM, Single
    Grey Injection Labels
    Epic – A3427, Epic – EPC A 3427France1983France1983
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' = スタート・サムシング, 1983, VinylWanna Be Startin' Somethin' = スタート・サムシング
    7", 45 RPM, Single
    Epic – 07・5P-232Japan1983Japan1983
    New Submission
    Cover of Wanna Be Startin' Somethin', 1983-07-25, VinylWanna Be Startin' Somethin'
    7", Single, 45 RPM
    Epic – ES 877Australia1983Australia1983
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Wanna Be Startin' Somethin', 1983, VinylWanna Be Startin' Somethin'
    7", Single, 45 RPM
    Epic – ES 877New Zealand1983New Zealand1983
    Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'
    12", 33 ⅓ RPM
    CBS – AAP 98US1983US1983
    New Submission
    Cover of Wanna Be Startin' Somethin', 1983, VinylWanna Be Startin' Somethin'
    7", 45 RPM, Single, Promo
    Epic – A3427UK1983UK1983
    New Submission
    Cover of Wanna Be Startin' Somethin', 1983, VinylWanna Be Startin' Somethin'
    7", 45 RPM, Single
    Paper Labels
    Epic – A3427, Epic – A 3427UK1983UK1983
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    Cover of Wanna Be Startin' Somethin', 1983, VinylWanna Be Startin' Somethin'
    7", 45 RPM, Single, Stereo
    Epic – EPC A 3427, Epic – A 3427Ireland1983Ireland1983
    New Submission
    Cover of Wanna Be Startin' Somethin', 1983-05-08, VinylWanna Be Startin' Somethin'
    7", 45 RPM, Single, Stereo
    Company Sleeve
    Epic – 34-03914US1983US1983
    New Submission
    Cover of Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' = Quieres Comenzar Algo, 1983, VinylWanna Be Startin' Somethin' = Quieres Comenzar Algo
    7", 45 RPM, Single
    Epic – 7201Peru1983Peru1983
    New Submission
    Cover of Wanna Be Startin' Somethin', 1983, VinylWanna Be Startin' Somethin'
    7", 45 RPM, Reissue
    Epic – 55-03914, Collectables – 55-03914US1983US1983
    New Submission
    Cover of Wanna Be Startin' Somethin', 1983, VinylWanna Be Startin' Somethin'
    7", 45 RPM, Single
    Blue Injection Labels
    Epic – EPC A3427, Epic – A3427France1983France1983
    New Submission
    Cover of Wanna Be Startin' Somethin', 1983, VinylWanna Be Startin' Somethin'
    7", 45 RPM, Single Sided, Single, Promo
    Epic – EPC A 3427Spain1983Spain1983
    New Submission
    Cover of Wanna Be Startin' Somethin', 1983, VinylWanna Be Startin' Somethin'
    7", 45 RPM, Single
    Blue Injection Labels
    Epic – EPC A3427, Epic – A3427France1983France1983
    New Submission
    Cover of Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' , 1983, VinylWanna Be Startin' Somethin'
    7", Single
    Epic – EN 5475South Africa1983South Africa1983
    New Submission
    Cover of Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' , 1983, VinylWanna Be Startin' Somethin'
    7", Single
    Epic – EN 5475Zimbabwe1983Zimbabwe1983
    New Submission
    Cover of Wanna Be Startin' Somethin', 1983, VinylWanna Be Startin' Somethin'
    7", 45 RPM, Single
    Paper Labels
    Epic – A 3427UK1983UK1983
    New Submission
    Cover of Wanna Be Startin' Somethin', 1983-05-00, VinylWanna Be Startin' Somethin'
    7", 45 RPM, Single, Styrene, Stereo
    Carrollton pressing
    Epic – 34-03914US1983US1983
    New Submission

    Reviews

    • faraz12inch45rpm's avatar
      Nice sounding but I hear a bit of sibilance in the vocals. I don't hear the sibliance on the version on the full album.
      • Green_Doggo_Wisdom's avatar
        Edited one year ago
        I wanna hear this version, does anybody know an upload of this?
        • stini777's avatar
          stini777
          Anyone else have a copy of this where the labels are incorrect? (Instrumental is labeled with the vocal and the vocal is the instrumental)
          • Otori_Kaede's avatar
            Otori_Kaede
            I have the Holland pressed one, 11-003427-20, distributed in France by CBS Disques. I can't find it anywhere.
            • GoodNF's avatar
              GoodNF
              Edited 11 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".
              • mixer167's avatar
                mixer167
                this record come out in 1982 not 1983 it's on the label

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