“Dangerous” (1991)

Dangerous

Recording sessions : June 1989 – October 1991

Studios : Larrabee Sound, Record Plant, Record One, and Westlake (Los Angeles, California), Ocean Way Recording (Hollywood, California), Smoketree Ranch (Chatsworth, California), Toad Hall (Pasadena, California)

Label : Sony Music

Release date : November 26, 1991

Peak on Billboard 200 : 1

Original track listing

Jam (featuring Heavy D)
Why You Wanna Trip on Me
In the Closet (featuring Princess Stéphanie of Monaco)
She Drives Me Wild (featuring Wreck-n-Effect)
Remember the Time
Can’t Let Her Get Away
Heal the World
Black or White (featuring L.T.B.)
Who Is It
Give In to Me (featuring Slash)
Will You Be There
Keep the Faith
Gone Too Soon
Dangerous

ALTERNATIVE VERSIONS*

*Worked by MJ during his lifetime. Covers and remixes by other artists are not included.

Dangerous (demo 1) : Recorded in 1990/1991, played in a courtroom in 1994 during the trial for the song “Dangerous”. Slightly different version from the one released in 2004. It remains unreleased.

Dangerous (demo 2) : Recorded in 1990/1991 & released in 2004 (The Ultimate Collection Box Set).

Keep The Faith (demo) : Recorded in 1989-1991 & leaked online but remains unreleased.

In The Closet (solo demo) : Recorded in 1989-1991 & leaked online but remains unreleased.

In The Closet (video version featuring the voice of Naomi Campbell) : Recorded in 1992 and used in the short film for the song but remains unreleased.

Gone Too Soon (demo) : Recorded in 1989-1991 & leaked online but remains unreleased.

Give In To Me (Recording Sessions) : It was played at a musical seminar and leaked on You Tube but remains unreleased.

Who Is It (demo) : Recorded in 1989-1991 & leaked online but remains unreleased.

Black Or White (Pepsi version)  : Recorded in 1991 & used in a Pepsi commercial in 1992. Remains unreleased.

Can’t Let Her Get Away (extended version) : Recorded in 1989-1991. 8 minutes version with an unreleased rap from Michael. A snippet leaked in 2020 but full version remains unreleased.

OUTTAKES FROM THE ALBUM RECORDING SESSIONS

Earth Song (1st demo) : Demo recorded in 1988. A snippet leaked in 2020 but full demo remain unreleased.

Earth Song (2nd demo) : Recorded in 1991 & leaked online in 2007 but remains unreleased.

Someone Put Your Hand Out : Recorded in 1989-1991 & released in 1992 (Pepsi exclusive promo cassette single) and in 2004 on CD (The Ultimate Collection).

She Got It (demo) : Recorded in 1989-1990 with Bryan Loren. It leaked online in 2005 but remains unreleased.

All The Truth : Written by Bryan Loren. One of 20-25 songs recorded with Bryan Loren. Loren sings on this song, with Michael in the choruses. Song registered with Broadcast Music Incorporated. Remains unreleased.

Serious Effect (demo) : Recorded in 1989-1990 with Bryan Loren. It leaked in 2005  but remains unreleased.

For All Time (demo) : Recorded in 1989-1990, leaked in 2002 & released in 2008 (Thriller 25)

For All Time (alternate take) : Recorded in 1989-1990, leaked in 2020 in low quality but remains unreleased.

To Satisfy You : Recorded in 1989-1990 with Bryan Loren. A version featuring background vocals by MJ was released in 1992 on Bryan Loren’s album « Music From The New World ».

Work That Body (demo) : Recorded in 1989-1990 with Bryan Loren. It leaked online in 2005 but remains unreleased.

Superfly Sister : Recorded in 1989-1990 with Bryan Loren & released in 1997 (Blood On The Dance Floor).

Monkey Business : Recorded in 1989, leaked in 2002 & released in 2004 (The Ultimate Collection Box Set).

Blood On The Dance Floor (1991 demo) : Recorded in 1989-1991. The song was reworked in 1997 and released in 1997 (Blood On The Dance Floor) 

Planet Earth : Recorded in 1991 & released in 2009 (This Is It)

Slave To The Rhythm : Demo recorded in 1991. A remix leaked in 2010. A virtual duet with Justin Bieber featuring new vocals from MJ leaked in 2013. Original demo + new remix by Timbaland released in 2014 (Xscape).

Man In Black : Written and recorded during the dangerous album sessions (1989-1991). Planned for release on the later cancelled greatest hits compilation album “Decade 1979-1989”. One of around 20–25 songs that Michael and Bryan Loren worked on. A low quality snippet leaked in 2018, full demo leaked in 2020 but remains unreleased.

If You Don’t Love Me : Recorded in 1989-1991 & leaked online in 2005 but remains unreleased.

Bumper Snippet : Recorded in 1989-1991 & leaked in 2004. Remains unreleased.

Ghost of Another Lover : Bootleg snippet leaked online without intro in low quality. Full demo remains unreleased.

Jane Is A Groupie : Written and recorded during “Dangerous” album sessions. Incomplete and repetitive draft. Short edited snippet leaked online. Run time: 3:43. Full demo remains unreleased.

Don’t Believe It : A 10 second snipped leaked in 2019. Full demo remains unreleased.

Seven Digits  : A 10 second snipped leaked in 2019. Full demo remains unreleased.

Bottle of Smoke : Written by Michael Jackson. Written and possibly recorded in 1989. Remains unreleased.

Best Of Joy (1991 demo) : New version of “The Toy” written by Michael Jackson and recorded in 1981 for a Richard Pryor movie. In April 1991, Michael recorded new vocals for the track, including a new opening lyric. The original lyric, “I am your toy, I am your boy,” was changed to: “I am your joy, your best of joy”. In November 2008, Michael recorded new vocals for the track in the bathroom of his suite at the Bel-Air Hotel in LA, including a never-heard alternate option for a third verse. New lyrics include: “I am the rock that stands on solid ground, I am that friend always around. After Michael died, “Best of Joy” was remixed Ron “Neff-U” Feemster for the ‘Michael’ album in 2010. The vocals that appear on Neff-U’s remix are those recorded at the Bel-Air Hotel in November 2008. Demo from 1991 remains unreleased.

They Don’t Care About Us (demo) :  Recorded in 1989-1991. The song was reworked in 1994-1995 ans released on History. Demo from 1991 remains unreleased.

OTHER SONGS FROM THIS ERA

Mind Is The Magic : Recorded in 1989 & released in 1995

Do The Bartman : Recorded in 1991 with Bryan Loren & released in 1991 (The Simpsons)

I’ll Be There (Adult version) : Recorded in 1989, used in a Pepsi commercial in 1992. Remains unreleased.

Happy Birthday Lisa : Recorded in 1991 & leaked online in 2007 but remains unreleased

Family Thing (demo) : Recorded in 1993 but never completed. Planned song for Addams Family Values movie. Cancelled due to allegations of 1993. Also known as “Addams’s Groove”, “Family values”, or “Family morales”. Demo leaked in 2018 but remains unreleased.

Singles and short films

1st single : Black Or White released on November 11, 1991

Peak on Hot 100 Billboard : 1

Short film directed by : John Landis

Date of shooting : June 1991

Date of premiere : November 14, 1991

Official release : Released on VHS in 1993 (Dangerous The Short Films,) on DVD in 1995 (History), in 2003 (Number Ones) and in 2010 (Vision) and on Michael’ You Tube official page.

2nd single : Remember The Time released on January 14, 1992

Peak on Hot 100 Billboard : 3

Short film directed by : John Singleton

Date of shooting : November 1991

Date of premiere : February 2, 1992

Official release : Released on VHS in 1993 (Dangerous The Short Films,) on DVD in 1995 (History), in 2003 (Number Ones) and in 2010 (Vision) and on Michael’ You Tube official page.

3rd single In The Closet released on April 9, 1992

Peak on Hot 100 Billboard : 6

Short film directed by : Herb Ritts

Date of shooting : March 29, 1992

Date of premiere : April 23, 1992

Official release : Released on VHS in 1993 (Dangerous The Short Films,) on DVD in 1995 (History), in 2003 (Number Ones) and in 2010 (Vision) and on Michael’ You Tube official page.

4th single Jam released on July 13, 1992

Peak on Hot 100 Billboard : 6

Short film directed by : David Kellogg

Date of shooting : April 20, 1992

Date of premiere : June 19, 1992

Official release : Released on VHS in 1993 (Dangerous The Short Films,) on DVD in 2010 (Vision) and on Michael’ You Tube official page.

5th single Who Is It released on August 31, 1992 (UK)

Peak on Hot 100 Billboard : 14

Short film directed by : David Fincher

Date of shooting : June 1992

Date of premiere : July 13, 1992

Official release : Released on VHS in 1993 (Dangerous The Short Films,) on DVD in 2010 (Vision) and on Michael’ You Tube official page.

6th single : Heal The World released on November 23, 1992

Peak on Hot 100 Billboard : 27

Short film directed by : Joe Pytka

Date of shooting : September 1992 (Michael does not appear in this video)

Date of premiere : November 1992

Official release : Released on VHS in 1993 (Dangerous The Short Films,) on DVD in 2010 (Vision) and on Michael’ You Tube official page.

7th single : Give In To Me released on February 15, 1993

Peak on Hot 100 Billboard : not eligible

Short film directed by : Andy Morahan

Date of shooting : June 25, 1992

Date of premiere : February 10, 1993

Official release : Released on VHS in 1993 (Dangerous The Short Films,) on DVD in 2010 (Vision) and on Michael’ You Tube official page.

8th single : Will You Be There released on June 28, 1993

Peak on Hot 100 Billboard : 7

Short film directed by : Vincent Paterson

Date of shooting : Live footage from the Dangerous Tour

Date of premiere : June 1993

Official release : Released on VHS in 1993 (Dangerous The Short Films,) on DVD in 2010 (Vision) and on Michael’ You Tube official page.

9th single : Gone Too Soon released on December 1, 1993

Peak on Hot 100 Billboard : not eligible

Short film directed by : Bill DiCicco

Date of shooting : Home footage with Ryan White

Date of premiere : December 1993

Official release : Released on VHS in 1993 (Dangerous The Short Films,) on DVD in 2010 (Vision) and on Michael’ You Tube official page.

Other singles and videos

Whatzupwitu released on March 30, 1993 from Eddie Murphy’s “Love’s Alright″ album

Peak on Hot 100 Billboard : not eligible

Short film directed by : Wayne Isham

Date of shooting : February 1993

Date of premiere : April 15 1993

Official release :  Never released on DVD nor on You Tube official page.

Is This Scary

In July 1993, Michael started working on a short film named “Is This Scary” with Stephen King and Mick Garris for a song scheduled to appear on “The Adam Family Values” soundtrack. Filming started on August 10. Michael did not show up on the set on August 18 and 19. According to Arnold Klein he had a 103 degree temperature. On August 20, Michael canceled the filming of “Is This Scary” and flew to Bangkok. The filming was never completed. In the spring of 1996, Michael started filming the “Ghost” shortfilm which used some scenes, ideas and special effects from “Is This Scary”. The scenes filmed in 1993 leaked on YouTube in 2017.

Promotion (TV performances/Award Shows/magazine covers etc.)

March 25, 1991 : Michael & Madonna attend the Academy Awards ceremony together.

September 19, 1991 : Michael lends his voice to a character of the cartoon “The Simpsons”.

November  1991:  A 30 seconds commercial directed by David Lynch begins airing on TV to promote the forthcoming release of Dangerous. Michael is on the cover of TV Guide.

November 15, 1991 : Following the controversy over the last part of the Black Or White Video, Michael issues a statement and decides to edit his video.

Michael tapes a performance of “Black Or White” & “Will You Be There” at the Santa Monica Airport in Santa Monica for the MTV’s 10th Anniversary Special to be aired on November 27th.

November 29, 1991 : Michael appears on the cover of Entertainment Weekly.

December 2, 1991 : Michael appears on the cover of Jet magazine.

January 1992 : Michael is on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

February 3 1992, : Michael holds a press conference at Radio City Music Hall in New York to announce his new endorsement deal with Pepsi + his new world tour to raise funds for his newly formed Heal The World Foundation.

February 5, 1992 : Michael is in Washington D.C to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from NABOB (National Association of Black-Owned Broadcasters) Reverend Jesse Jackson present him the award.

February 17, 1992 :  Michael is on the cover of Jet Magazine for ” Remember The Time ” : Michael Jackson’s New Video Remember The Time When Blacks Were Kings And Queens.

March 16, 1992 : Michael is on the cover of Jet magazine with an interview in Africa.

May 1992 : Michael is on the cover of Ebony magazine.

May 1, 1992 : Michael is in Washington to accept a Point Of Light Award from President Bush. While in Washington.

June 3, 1992 : Michael goes to Manhattan in NYC to attend “One To One” gala where he is awarded for his charity work. And then he goes to Tavern On The Green and Plaza Oak with Donald Trump & Elizabeth Taylor.

June 23, 1992 : Michael arrives in London to hold a press conference about his Heal The World Foundation (he takes Brett Barnes with him on tour).

July 1992 : The new Jackson/Pepsi commercials “Dreams” & “I’ll Be There” are aired on TV.

September 30, 1992 : Michael officially launches his Heal The World Foundation at an orphanage in Bucharest in presence of the prime minister of Roumania.

December 9, 1992 : At the Billboard Music Awards, Michael accepts two awards through a video presentation filmed earlier with Phil Collins at Neverland.

December 10, 1992 : At a press conference at the American Consulate, in Tokyo, Michael accepts a cheque of $100 000 for Heal The World.

January 16 , 1993: Michael attends the NAACP Image Awards with Katherine at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena. He is presented with the Best Video Of The Year Award for “Black Or White” and the Entertainer Of The Year Award.
Patti Labelle sings “Will You Be There” with Michael joining for the last verse.

January 18, 1993 : Michael attends the Pre-Inaugural Celebration for Bill Clinton and joins other celebrities (including Diana Ross & Stevie Wonder) on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C,  to sing “We Are The World”.

January 19, 1993 : Michael sings “Gone Too Soon” & “Heal The World” at the 52nd Presidential Inaugural Gala at the Capital Centre in Landover.

January 25, 1993 : Michael opens the American Music Awards ceremony held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles with a performance of “Dangerous”. He also receives three awards including the first ever International Artist Award presented by Elizabeth Taylor & Eddie Murphy.

January 26, 1993 : Michael attends a press conference at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles to accept a cheque of $100 000 from the NFL and Frito Lay (Sponsor of the Superbowl) and $500 000 from Best Foundation for his Heal The World Foundation. Heal LA is launched at this event. Later he takes, Frank, Eddie & Jordy (with his mother & sister) to Disneyland and at night the whole group goes to Neverland.

January 31, 1993 : Michael performs a medley of “Jam”, “Bilie Jean”, “Black Or White” and “Heal The World” at the Superbowl Halftime Show in the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena before an audience of 100 000 in the stadium and 133 millions on TV.

February 8, 1993 : Michael is on the cover of Jet magazine with Oprah Winfrey.

February 10, 1993 : “Michael Jackson Talks…to Oprah” is aired live from Neverland Valley Ranch all around the world attracting around 100 million viewers. During the interview, Michael reveals that he suffers from a skin disorder that destroys the pigmentation of his skin. He also shows his ranch to the world, premieres the video of “Give In To Me” and improvises a beat box on “Who Is It” after doing the Moonwalk. Elizabeth Taylor makes a surprise appearance to support him.

February 24, 1993 : Michael attends the Grammy Awards with Brooke Schields where Janet presents him with the Grammy Legend Award. Following the presentation, Michael & Brooke attend the Polygram Party at A&M Studios and later show up at the Sony Party in Century City .

February 26, 1993: Michael is on the cover of Entertainment Weekly. He talks about Elizabeth Taylor in a video for the Arts & Entertainment Network.

March 9, 1993 : Michael attends the Soul Train Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles with Bill Bray where he is presented with two awards + the Humanitarian Award Of The Year presented by Eddie Murphy. He also perfoms “Remember The Time” seated in a gold chair because he twisted his ankle the night before (Wayne & Bill help him to the podium on a wheelchair!).

March 11, 1993 : Walking on churches, Michael attends an American Film Industry dinner in honour of Elizabeth Taylor at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

March 27, 1993 : Michael makes a five-minute speech in front of 1200 teachers and politicians at a conference in the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles which is sponsorised by the Milken Family Trust.

April 26, 1993 : As part of “Heal L.A drive”, Michael visits Los Angeles South Central with Caroline Bingham & Adrian Grant.

Michael is on the cover of Jet magazine with Eddie Murphy.

May 5, 1993 : Michael is invited by ex president Jimmy Carter to Atlanta in order to boost the
Atlanta Immunisation Drive. Afterwards, Michael joins Ted Turner, Jane Fonda, Emmanuel Lewis & Lisa Marie Presley in the front row during the Kids Celebration at OMNI.

May 12, 1993 : Michael attends the World Music Awards with Jordy, Lily & June  Chandler where he wins three awards presented by Michael Douglas, Prince Albert & Princess Stephanie.

May 18, 1993 : Michael is presented with two awards at the BMI Pop Awards Dinner at the Regency Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles. Lori Byler, president of the ‘MJ Observer Fan Club’, later presents Michael with another award, a plaque in recognition of his work with children.

May 19, 1993 : Michael is presented with the first ever Lifetime Achievement Award from Norris McWhirther, the Editor of the Guinness Museum of World Records in Los Angeles .

May 27, 1993 : ASCAP presents Michael with three awards for Dangerous.

June  1993: Michael is on the cover of LIFE magazine with an exclusive cover story of Neverland.

August 23, 1993 : Michael attends a Pepsi Tour Press Conference at the Oriental Hotel in Bangkok, Taiwan.

September 13, 1993 : Michael is on the cover of Jet magazine.

December 22, 1993 : Live from Neverland and around the world, Michael makes a 4 minutes statement where he claims his innocence and reveals that earlier this week he was forced by the LAPD and SBPD to submit to a photo session of his body and genitals.

January 5, 1994 : Michael gives a moving speech to claim his innocence at the NAACP Image Awards Ceremony at Pasadena Civic Auditorium. He also presents the award for Best Choreographer to Debbie Allen.

February 19, 1994 : The whole Jackson family (except LaToya) is reunited at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas to rehearse & tape The Jackson Family Honors TV Special which is broadcasted a few days later around the world. Michael does not perform but he presents two lifetime achievement awards to Berry Gordy & Elizabeth Taylor.

April 28, 1994 : Michael accepts a Caring For Kids award during the Children Choice Awards at the City Center in New York CIty (where he has moved to a penthouse at the Trump Tower).

Concerts

Dangerous World Tour 1992-1993

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