“Al Capone” has escaped!
Well, escaped from the Michael Jackson music vaults.
The unreleased demo will appear on the track list of a deluxe re-release of 1987’s “Bad” next week, packed with bonus features in celebration of the album’s 25th anniversary. Shamone!
The song will be a hit with fans of MJ’s concert documentary This Is It who are looking to get further glimpses into the King of Pop’s creative process. Because it’s a demo, listeners are treated to rare ad-libbing and throwaway scratch lyrics over the rough unpolished track.
‘Cause he’s Al Capone, he’s in it
So said, you’ll regret it
‘Cause the man is out tonight
However, this isn’t just any old left-on-the-recording-studio-floor demo. “Al Capone” turns out to be a reference track for the hit dance floor single “Smooth Criminal,” which was co-produced with one of his favorite collaborators Quincy Jones. Pop fans will have a fun nostalgic time connecting the dots between the two for sure.
“Smooth Criminal” became another Top 10 for the pop star, the seventh single from the Bad album, peaking at #7 in 1988. The blurry music video was famous for dazzling fans with that famous anti gravity lean dance move taken from the 1998 film Moonwalker.
The song about Annie was reintroduced to Millennial middle school kids everywhere when “Smooth Criminal” was covered by rock band Alien Ant Farm in 2001.
Listen to a snippet of the track below to appear in full on the re-release on September 17.