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Michael Jackson - Human Nature

If they say, “Why? Why?”/Tell ’em that is human nature“… Y’all ready for this one, yet? Cool!. Enjoy this amazing song from pop-culture legend, Michael Jackson titled “Human Nature”.

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Human Nature” is a 1982 song by American singer Michael Jackson, and the fifth single from his sixth solo album, Thriller. The track was produced by Jones and performed by members of Toto with Michael Jackson providing vocals.

The track was produced by Jones and performed by members of Toto with Michael Jackson providing vocals. It was originally written by keyboardist Steve Porcaro, based on a conversation he had with his young daughter Heather after a boy pushed her at school, Porcaro said “he probably likes you and it’s human nature”. Porcaro, along with some of his bandmates from the band Toto, had been assisting with the production of Thriller, but he had not intended for “Human Nature” to be used by Jackson. However, Thriller producer Quincy Jones inadvertently heard a demo version of the track and thought it would be a great fit for the album. Jones then brought in songwriter John Bettis to rewrite the verses, whose lyrics are about a passerby in New York City.

“Human Nature” was released as a single on July 3, 1983. Like the four Thriller singles before it, the song became a top 10 hit in the US, reaching number seven on the Billboard Hot 100. It also reached number two on Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. It is certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). In Canada and the Netherlands, the single reached number 11. The single was not released in the UK. The song garnered positive reviews from music critics. “Human Nature” has been sampled by numerous artists, including Nas with “It Ain’t Hard to Tell” , and Teddy Riley who remixed SWV’s single “Right Here (Human Nature Remix)”, with a sample of “Human Nature”, the remix reaching number two on the Billboard Hot 100

The first version of “Human Nature” was written and composed by Steve Porcaro of Toto. He had written the song after his first-grade daughter came home crying because a boy pushed her off the slide. He blurted out three reasons for the incident to comfort her: one, the boy liked her, two, people can be strange and three, it’s “human nature”. He recorded a rough demo of the song in their studio while the Toto song “Africa” was being mixed.

Fellow Toto band member David Paich had prepared some demo tracks for producer Quincy Jones to listen to as possible songs for Thriller and asked Porcaro to make Jones a tape with the songs. Running low on cassette tapes, Porcaro used the tape on which he had already recorded his “Human Nature” demo, putting Paich’s songs on the reverse side and marking that on the label as the side that Jones should listen to. Jones listened to Paich’s songs but did not think they were right for Thriller. However, he did not stop the tape when the songs finished playing, and the cassette deck playing the tape had “auto-reverse” capability, meaning that it started playing the other side as soon as the first side was finished. As Jones described it, “All of a sudden, at the end, there was all this silence, there was: ‘why, why, dah dah da-dum dah dah, why, why’. Just a dummy lyric and a very skeletal thing—I get goosebumps talking about it. I said, ‘This is where we wanna go, because it’s got such a wonderful flavor'”. However, Jones was dissatisfied with the original lyrics for the verses and asked John Bettis, who had written lyrics for hits by The Carpenters and The Pointer Sisters, among others, to write new lyrics for the song. He completed the song in two days. Jones asked if the song could be included on Jackson’s album, to which Porcaro and Bettis agreed. “Human Nature” was the last song selected for Thriller, ousting “Carousel” from the final track listing.[citation needed]

“Human Nature” was released on July 3, 1983, as the fifth single from Thriller. It was not released in the UK for unknown reasons. the song achieved chart success in the US. Reaching number two on Billboard’s Hot Adult Contemporary chart and number seven on the Hot 100, the song became Jackson’s fifth Top 10 hit from Thriller. “Human Nature” charted at number 27 on the R&B singles chart. In the Netherlands the single reached number 11.

John Rockwell, of The New York Times, stated that “Human Nature” was a “haunting, brooding ballad” with an “irresistible” chorus. Allmusic noted that the “gentle and lovely” “Human Nature” coexisted comfortably with the “tough, scared” “Beat It”. They later added that the song was a “soft rocker”. Reflecting on Thriller, Slant expressed their fondness of the song, stating that it was “probably the best musical composition on the album and surely one of the only A/C ballads of its era worth remembering”. The magazine added that the track’s “buttery harmonies” were powerful. Stylus also praised the song, describing it as “the smoothest of ballads”. However, they further added that the music “does little to embody the song’s message” and that it couches Jackson’s “glazed voice” in “bubble synths and drum pillows”.

About.com’s Bill Lamb looked back on the track 25 years after its release. He felt that the song “set down a blueprint for what would become known as adult R&B”. Kelefa Sanneh of Blender described the “soft-serve balladry” of the song as a “silk-sheets masterstroke”. In a 2008 IGN review, Todd Gilchrist explained that the elements of “Human Nature” worked better today than they did before. He added that it may be because modern R&B “sucks”. Tom Ewing, reviewer for Pitchfork Media, described the song as “meltingly tender”, with MTV adding that it was an “airy ballad”. Rolling Stone claimed that the “most beautifully fragile” “Human Nature” was so open and brave it made “She’s Out of My Life” seem phony. The Los Angeles Times concluded that it was Jackson’s delivery that made the “middling ballad” take off. – Wikipedia


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Some Quotable Lyrics

Looking out
Across the night-time
The city winks a sleepless eye
Hear her voice
Shake my window
Sweet seducing sighs

Get me out
Into the night-time
Four walls won’t hold me tonight
If this town
Is just an apple
Then let me take a bite

If they say, “Why? Why?”
Tell ’em that is human nature
Why, why does he do it that way?
If they say, “Why? Why?”
Tell ’em that is human nature
Why, why does he do it that way?
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