Hidden Gems #2 – Michael Jackson: ‘D.S’

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December 12, 2010 by popseeker


You may remember a few months ago we started a feature called ‘Hidden Gems’, where we feature unknown album tracks or under-appreciated tracks from pop music’s history that NEED to be more widely appreciated.

Hidden Gem #2 is from the King of Pop himself, the legendary Michael Jackson. The idea that he needs more appreciation may seem somewhat absurd to some but the sheer amount of material he made means there are plenty of tracks that have got lost in the music archive.

Ever since we first heard the phenomenal ‘D.S’ it blew us away. Track #6 on his 1995 album ‘HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I’, arguably his most controversial album to date, the track is probably the most explosive on the album. It’s an emotionally raw, angry, bitter track that exposes the loneliness, isolation and paranoia Jackson felt throughout his child abuse investigations. Written, composed, and produced by M.J, the rock-heavy track features a guitar solo from long-time friend and associate of the star, Slash.

What makes the track particularly controversial is that it is widely agreed to be a direct attack on the former Santa Barbara County District Attorney Tom Sneddon, whose name is similar to the subject of the song, Dom Sheldon (D.S). Furthermore, the lyric’s reference to a “B.S.T.A.” sounds strikingly similar to “S.B.D.A.”, meaning “Santa Barbara District Attorney”. Indeed the rest of the lyrics are ridden with the anger and emotions Jackson felt throughout this period:

They wanna get my ass
Dead or alive
You know he really tried to take me
Down by surprise
I bet he missioned with the CIA
He don’t do half what he say

Dom Sheldon is a cold man..

Here’s the full song:

…and he’s the King of Pop himself performing the song on his HIStory world tour in Korea:

Remember, you can get involved too, we’d LOVE to hear tracks that you simply can’t get enough of, but no one else has ever heard of it. Or simply a song you think needs more appreciation from other like-minded pop music fans. If you’ve got one, then tell us your song (and a review if you want to write one) and it could be featured here on Popseeker! Either comment on this, or any subsequent ‘Hidden Gems’ posts, email contact@popseeker.co.uk or tweet @popseeker!

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