Matt Dolloff, CBS Radio Boston

A previously unreleased track from the Michael Jackson classic Bad has been released online ahead of the album’s 25th anniversary reissue. You can hear “Don’t Be Messing Round” in the video above.

As should be expected with most unreleased singles and B-sides, the song has received a mixed reaction from fans and critics. The track features a distinct hook and the type of beat that would fit well on a Michael Jackson record in the ’80s, but just doesn’t quite reach the thrilling heights of Bad’s best tracks.

One interesting detail about “Don’t Be Messing Round” is that Michael plays piano on the track – a rarity for him during his career, especially his ’80s peak. The song was actually originally intended for Thriller, but in retrospect if it wasn’t good enough for Bad it clearly wasn’t good enough for the biggest album of all time.

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Not all is great for the MJ estate these days, though. They just got hit with a massive $1 billion (that’s “billion” with a B) lawsuit, according to TMZ. Kimberly Griggs claims to be a former lover of Michael’s and is seeking damages because she claims many of the best songs off MJ’s albums were written about her, and Michael had promised her rights to the songs. She is also a former convict, spending time in prison for robbery, so skepticism is understandable.

The Bad 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition, featuring 3 discs and a DVD containing previously unseen footage, comes out September 18. Pre-orders are available at Amazon.

What do you think of “Don’t Be Messing Round”? Is it on the same level as songs like “Bad” or “The Way You Make Me Feel”?


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