Leave Me Alone (4:38)

Cover of Bad

From Bad and 21 other releases

Leave Me Alone was the eighth single to be released from Michael Jackson’s album Bad. It only appeared on the CD versions of the album and was not issued as a single in the United States. The song was also featured as a segment in Jackson’s fantasy movie Moonwalker and charted at #2 in the UK. The song was re-released on April 17, as part of the Visionary: The Video Singles set.

Despite the success of the single, this song never appeared on any of Jackson’s world tours.


Music Video

The music video for “Leave Me Alone” won the Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video at the Grammy Awards of . The video was also featured in Moonwalker. In essence, the video is an amusement park consisting of stylistically crude images based around Jackson’s successful career since ’s Thriller. Consistent with the song’s lyrical content, there is an emphasis on the tabloid view of Jackson’s personal life and public image, referring to the nickname “Wacko Jacko” given to him by the press, and the various headlines associated with him in the . Lampooning rumours that he tried to purchase the “Elephant Man’s” bones, Jackson dances with stop motion “Elephant Man” bones in the video. This particular segment (without the image of the bones) was used for the single’s cover art. At the end of the video, it is revealed that a gigantic Jackson himself is the amusement park. He breaks free, tearing the park to pieces.

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