stini777

Michael Jackson - Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' stini777

May 13, 2019
referencing Wanna Be Startin' Somethin', 7", Styrene, Pit, 34-03914
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

Michael Jackson - Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' 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

Michael Jackson - Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' as reviewed by GoodNF

June 3, 2011
edited over 8 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".
Vylkeer

Michael Jackson - Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' Vylkeer

June 7, 2017
referencing Wanna Be Startin' Somethin', 12", 49-03915
As others have already noted, the song was released as a single in May 1983, posteriorly to "Thriller" which came out in 1982. The label says 1982 because the song first came out as part of the LP in 1982.
lewisericeric

Michael Jackson - Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' lewisericeric

February 22, 2016
referencing Wanna Be Startin' Somethin', 12", 49-03915
Single release was 1983 and that's why it's listed as 1983
double-happiness

Michael Jackson - Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' double-happiness

February 2, 2012
referencing Wanna Be Startin' Somethin', 12", 49-03915
No, it was released in 1983. Copyright date refers to the song, which was released on the "Thriller" album in 1982. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wanna_Be_Startin%27_Somethin%27