Behind the Mask: An Encyclopedia of MJ's Unreleased Music

ChanceToDance

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Some of those really interested me, did Michael rework on Neverland Landing after 1983? Did Brad Buxer also work in Bahrain for Light The Way? Could Don't Be Messin' be the Dangerous rework of Don't Be Messin' 'Round?
 

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It's pretty cool that Ascap website also lists alternate titles for songs if they were provided.
 
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I’m embarrassingly behind on this one. Apologies for the delay everyone! I’ll get back on this asap :)
Didnt know Buxer was given credits for "innocent man" & "thank heaven".

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I suspect that Brad didn’t actually contribute to most of these. The Estate registered a bunch of titles with the US Copyright Office in early 2010, and they basically gave credit to whoever handed the material over without double checking. I assume the same happened here, because “Changes,” “Don’t Be Messin’,” and “Neverland Landing” were all done long before Michael and Brad ever met.
 

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I don't think anyone has ever implied that Invincible era had many unreleased tracks left. Most have been released already and the rest are likely writer's demos MJ didn't even touch.
 

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I don't think anyone has ever implied that Invincible era had many unreleased tracks left. Most have been released already and the rest are likely writer's demos MJ didn't even touch.
I've seen people outside the forum think that because there were so many titles and producers from that era that there would at least be enough to compile into a small album, although this could still be the case but like you said, it's likely just writer's demos.
 

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I don’t need this bad news, I want to keep pretending there are dozens of tracks ready to get poured into my soul
 

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Last updated on: 15th January 2022
Update report: Reformatting by year rather than album


[updated intro piece coming soon!]


1981
  • "The Toy" (1981) (Michael Jackson)
    Michael Jackson

1982
  • "Hot Street" (1982) (Rod Temperton)
    Michael Jackson
    See also –> "Slapstick" (1982)
  • "Nightline" (1982) (Glen Ballard, Davey Faragher, Brie Howard)
    Michael Jackson
  • "Rolling the Dice" (e. 1982) (Rod Temperton)
    Michael Jackson
  • "She's Trouble" (1982) (Billy Livsey, Terry Britten, Sue Shifrin)
    Michael Jackson
  • "Slapstick" (1982) (Rod Temperton)
    Michael Jackson
    See also –> "Hot Street" (1982)

1983
  • "Buffalo Bill" (1983) (Michael Jackson)
    Michael Jackson
  • "Happy Song" (1983) (Michael Jackson, Buz Kohan)
    Michael Jackson
  • "I'm Peter Pan"(1983) (Michael Jackson, Buz Kohan)
    Michael Jackson
  • "Make a Wish" (1983) (Michael Jackson, Buz Kohan)
    Michael Jackson
  • "Neverland Landing" (1983) (Michael Jackson, Buz Kohan)
    Michael Jackson
  • "State of Shock (Demo)" (1983) (Michael Jackson, Randy Hansen)
    Vocal duet with Michael Jackson & Freddie Mercury
  • "Victory"(1983) (???)
    Vocal duet with Michael Jackson & Freddie Mercury

1984
  • "Chicago 1945" (1984) (Michael Jackson, Steve Porcaro)
    Michael Jackson

1985
  • "Eaten Alive" (1985) (Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Michael Jackson)
    Michael Jackson
  • "Tomboy" (1985) (Michael Jackson)
    Michael Jackson
  • "What You Do to Me" (1985) (Michael Jackson)
    Michael Jackson

1986
  • "Crack Kills" (1986) (Michael Jackson)
    Michael Jackson
  • "Turning Me Off" (1986) (Michael Jackson)
    Michael Jackson

1989
  • "Deep in the Night" (1989) (???)
    Michael Jackson
  • "If You Don't Love Me" (1989) (Michael Jackson, ???)
    Michael Jackson
  • "Jane is a Groupie" (1989) (Michael Jackson)
    Michael Jackson
  • "Men in Black" (1989) (Michael Jackson, Bryan Loren)
    Alternate title: "Man in Black"
    Michael Jackson

1990
  • "Serious Effect" (1990) (Michael Jackson, Bryan Loren, LL Cool J)
    Michael Jackson featuring LL Cool J
  • "She Got It"(1990) (Michael Jackson, Bryan Loren)
    Michael Jackson
  • "Work That Body" (1990) (Michael Jackson, Bryan Loren)
    Michael Jackson

1991
  • "Happy Birthday, Lisa" (1991) (Michael Jackson)
    Michael Jackson
  • "Joy"(1991) (Teddy Riley, Tammy Lucas, Michael Jackson)
    Michael Jackson

1992
  • "Heal L.A." (1992) (Michael Jackson)
    Michael Jackson
    See also –> "What More Can I Give" (1998)

1993
  • "Family Thing" (1993) (Michael Jackson, ???)
    Michael Jackson

1994
  • "Innocent Man" (1994) (Michael Jackson)
    Alternate titles: "An Innocent Man," "The Innocent Man"
    Michael Jackson

1998
  • "Monster" (1998) (Michael Jackson)
    Michael Jackson
  • "People of the World" (1998) (Michael Jackson)
    Michael Jackson
  • "What More Can I Give" (1998) (Michael Jackson)
    Michael Jackson
    See also –> "Heal L.A." (1992)

1999
  • "I Have This Dream" (1999) (Michael Jackson, Carole Bayer Sager, David Foster)
    Michael Jackson

2002
  • "Heat of the Night" (2002) (???)
    Vocal duet with Michael Jackson & Barry Gibb

2003
  • "I Am a Loser" (2003) (Michael Jackson, Brad Buxer)
    Michael Jackson
    See also –> "I Was the Loser" (2008)
  • "World of Candy" (2003) (???)
    Alternate title: "Wonderful World of Candy"
    Vocal duet with Michael Jackson & Nisha Kataria

2004
  • "Days in Gloucestershire" (2004) (Michael Jackson, Brad Buxer)
    Alternate title: "Gloucestershire"
    Michael Jackson
  • Unknown Title (2004) (???)
    ???

2005
  • "I Have This Dream" (2005) (Michael Jackson, ???)
    Rumored working title: "From the Bottom of My Heart"
    Supergroup charity anthem featuring Ciara, James Ingram, Jermaine Jackson, Keyisha Cole, Michael Jackson, The O'Jays, R. Kelly, Shanice, Shirley Caesar & Snoop Dogg
    See also –> "Bottom of My Heart" (2008)
  • "Light the Way" (2005) (Michael Jackson, ???)
    Michael Jackson

2006
  • "The Future" (2006) (???)
    Michael Jackson
  • "I'm Dreamin'" (2006) (???)
    Michael Jackson

2007
  • "H2O" (ca. 2007-08) (Michael Jackson, ???)
    Alternate title: "Dark Lady"
    Michael Jackson
  • "I Will Miss You" (2007) (Michael Jackson, will.i.am)
    Alternate title: "Miss You"
    Michael Jackson
  • "Rocker" (ca. 2007-08) (Michael Jackson, ???)
    Michael Jackson

2008
  • "Bottom of My Heart" (ca. 2008) (Michael Jackson)
    Alternate title: "From the Bottom of My Heart"
    Michael Jackson
    See also –> "I Have This Dream" (2008)
  • "I Was the Loser" (2003/2008) (Michael Jackson, Brad Buxer)
    Alternate title: "The Loser"
    Michael Jackson
    See also –> "I Am a Loser" (2003)
  • Unknown Title (2008) (Michael Jackson, RedOne, ???)
    Michael Jackson

2009
  • "Breed" (2009) (Michael Jackson)
    Michael Jackson
  • "Remember What I Told You" (2009) (Michael Jackson, ???)
    Michael Jackson
  • "Stranger in Moscow" (2009) (Michael Jackson)
    Michael Jackson
  • "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" (2009) (Michael Jackson)
    Michael Jackson
  • "Water" (2009) (Michael Jackson, ???)
    Michael Jackson

Non-Indexed
  • "11pm"
  • "Adore You"
  • "Apocalypse Now"
  • "Bang Your Head"
  • "Boots Groove"
  • "Boy No"
  • "Breath"
  • "Broken Chair"
  • "Butter Funk"
  • "Can't Stop Lovin' You"
  • "Children's Hour" (Michael Jackson)
    Alternate title: "The Children's Hour"
  • "Coco Butter"
  • "Colorblind"
  • "Craze"
  • "D.I.E."
  • "Don't Be Messin'"
  • "Don't Make Me Stay"
  • "Don't Walk Away"
  • "Everybody Wants to Be a Movie Star"
  • "For the World"
  • "God Don't Love Us Anymore" (Michael Jackson)
  • "Green Hornet Groove"
  • "I Am That One"
  • "I Love You More"
  • "Is She Coming Back"
  • "Just Remember"
  • "King Tutankhamen"
  • "Lady of Summer"
  • "Leaving Today to [???]"
  • "Lonely Bird" (Michael Jackson)
  • "Lovely Way"
  • "Michael McKellar" (Michael Jackson)
  • "Michael's Affirmation"
  • "Pajamas"
  • "Palestine" (Michael Jackson)
  • "Photographs"
  • "Pray for Peace"
  • "Red Eye" (Michael Jackson)
  • "Rich Girl"
  • "Rock Tonight"
  • "Saturday Woman"
  • "Silent Spring"
  • "Think Twice"
  • "Walk Away"
  • "You Are There"
  • "You Were There"
AlwaysThere, How’s the Project coming along?
 

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John Barnes said part of its vocal melody resembles RTTs "I bet you remember". According to Barnes production of Tomboy (feat. Roger Troutman) was never finished.

I suppose Damien has heard its 1985 demo version (w/o Roger T.).
 
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