In my interviews called 'Tell us the truth' I start with Jermaine Jackson - Michael's brother.
Michael Jackson's album - Thriller was a smash hit in the 80's selling millions of copies. Many of the tracks on the album were thought to have been inspired by youth culture citing titles such as 'Thriller,' and Beat It.' However the truth has now been uncovered.
Jermaine told me "We all used make fun of Mike and his lack of cooking skills. He could burn water," laughed Jermaine, "then one day Michael said he'd had enough. He went out and purchased a cook book and promptly entered an omelette making tournament. People laughed out loud when they heard what he was doing but Mike and Bubbles practiced each day. When the tournament came round we found out some of the other competitors were fearful of Mike's new found skills and tried to sabotage his efforts. He won that competition and the trophy is next to his Grammy!"
Jermaine went on, "To celebrate his triumph Michael decided to write a song and so he penned 'Beat It' referring to the need to beat the egg to get it fluffy like and how the other contestants were trying to put him down."
Jermaine added - "Just check out the lyrics to 'Wanna be Starting Somethin.' That's about an old Chevy car Mike was doing up when he was a kid. He worked on that old banger for months rebuilding the engine and gears. When he was finished we all gathered to see his work. 'Wanna be Starting Some Tin' is the actual name of the song and it pays homage to the turn of the key in that old Chevy on that day. At first the engine wouldn't turn over because it was too high to get over. When he tried again to start it he found it was too low to get under. Eventually he realised a spanner was stuck in the middle!"
There are apparently many other tunes penned by Mike that have been misunderstood. Some of these are: This is it which was actually called 'This is Shit' (referring to debt collection agencies hounding him), Liberian Girl (about a young lady friend of his that worked in the local library) and finally Off the Wall (referring to the part side of Humpty Dumpty).
I thanked Jermaine for telling me the truth.