Give In to Me

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"Give In to Me"
Single by Michael Jackson featuring Slash
from the album Dangerous
Released February 15, 1993
Format CD single, 7", cassette
Recorded May 1990
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal[1]
Length 5:28 (album version)
4:42 (vocal version)
Label Epic
Writer(s) Michael Jackson
Bill Bottrell
Producer(s) Michael Jackson
Bill Bottrell
Michael Jackson chronology
"Heal the World"
(1992)
"Give In to Me"
(1993)
"Whatzupwitu"
(1993)
Dangerous track listing
"Who Is It"
(9)
"Give In to Me"
(10)
"Will You Be There"
(11)

"Give In to Me" is the tenth track on Michael Jackson's 1991 studio album Dangerous. The single peaked at number one in New Zealand for four consecutive weeks, and at number two on the UK Singles Chart. Stylistically, "Give In to Me" is a hard rock ballad which featured Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash.[1][2] The song, also considered a heavy metal ballad, has an aggressive sexual flavor.[3][4] The single was never released in North America or Asia. The single release is notable for its B-sides, which include the album versions of two of Jackson's other hard rock songs, "Dirty Diana" and "Beat It", which also include guest appearances by hard rock guitarists (Steve Stevens and Eddie Van Halen, respectively).

Background[edit]

This song is written in the key of E minor.[5] Jackson's vocal spans from G3 to B4.[5] It has a moderately slow tempo of 87 beats per minute.[5]

Critical response[edit]

EW editor David Browne praised delivery "when his voice isn't competing with drum machines, it's menacing on the creepy Give In to Me (his best-ever shot at hard rock)."[6] Alan Light of Rolling Stone reviewed the song: "Give In to Me" flirts with something more disturbing as Jackson sings, "Don't try to understand me/Just simply do the things I say" in a grittier, throaty voice while Slash's guitar whips and soars behind him."[7]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Give In to Me" features Jackson performing the song on stage at an indoor rock concert with ex Living Color bassist Muzz Skillings, Guns N' Roses guitarists Slash and Gilby Clarke, as well as the band's touring keyboardist Teddy Andreadis. Loud explosions are later heard with visuals of stylized electrical arcs and Jackson dancing as they run down his body. Slash's Les Paul is hit in the frets which increases the speed of the riffs. The last scene shows one electrical arc running down Jackson's body, an unintentional effect that was left in. The video is featured on the video albums: Dangerous - The Short Films and Michael Jackson's Vision.

According to Jackson—when he was interviewed by Oprah Winfrey—it was shot in just about two hours in Germany in late August 1992. The pyrotechnics appearing on the video are computer-generated and were added later on.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1993) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart 4
Austrian Singles Chart 12
Dutch Singles Chart 3
European Hot 100 Singles 3
French Singles Chart 7
Irish Singles Chart 2
New Zealand Singles Chart 1
Norwegian Singles Chart 7
Swedish Singles Chart 15
Swiss Singles Chart[8] 7
UK Singles Chart 2
Chart (2009) Peak
position
Swiss Singles Chart[8] 35
UK Singles Chart 74
Chart (2011) Peak
position
Hungarian Singles Chart[9] 8

Track listing[edit]

  • Austria CD Single
  1. "Give In to Me" – 5:28
  2. "Dirty Diana" – 4:52
  3. "Beat It" – 4:17
  • UK CD Single
  1. "Give In to Me" (Vocal Version) - 4:42
  2. "Dirty Diana" - 4:52
  3. "Beat It" - 4:17
  • UK Promo CD
  1. "Give In to Me" (Vocal Version) - 4:42
  2. "Give In to Me" (Instrumental) - 5:28
  • 45 RPM and 7":
  1. "Give In To Me" - 5:28
  2. "Dirty Diana" - 4:52

Personnel[edit]

  • Written, composed, and produced by Michael Jackson and Bill Bottrell
  • Recorded, mixed, bass, drums, mellotron, and guitar by Bill Bottrell
  • Guitars recorded by Jim Mitchell; assisted by Craig Brock
  • Special guitar performance by Slash
  • Solo and background vocals by Michael Jackson
  • Guitar by Tim Pierce

Covers and sample versions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Campbell, Lisa (1993). Michael Jackson: The King of Pop. Branden Books. p. 309. ISBN 978-0-8283-1957-7. Retrieved October 16, 2010. 
  2. ^ Krewen, Nick (November 22, 1991). "Shrewd and Dangerous". The Hamilton Spectator. Retrieved October 16, 2010. "Jackson also wants to reach a rock audience, so Guns 'N' Roses guitarist Slash contributes his two cents in Black Or White and Give In To Me, while Heavy D. splices in some rap at appropriate moments" 
  3. ^ The Atlantic, Volume 269. Atlantic Monthly Co. 1992. p. 101. Retrieved November 12, 2010. 
  4. ^ Campbell, Lisa (1993). Michael Jackson: The King of Pop. Branden Books. pp. 325–326. ISBN 978-0-8283-1957-7. Retrieved December 7, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c "Give In To Me– Michael Jackson Digital Sheet Music (Digital Download)". MusicNotes.com. Alfred Publishing Co. Inc. Retrieved 2012-07-13. 
  6. ^ "Music Review: Dangerous, by Michael Jackson". Entertainment Weekly. November 29, 1991. 
  7. ^ http://www.rollingstone.com/music/albumreviews/dangerous-19920101
  8. ^ a b "Swiss Singles Chart Archives". Hitparade.ch. Retrieved July 18, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Hungarian Singles Chart Archives". Mahasz. Retrieved February 3, 2011. 
  10. ^ http://www.du-bruit.com/samples-eminem.html
  11. ^ http://www.thelmagazine.com/TheMeasure/archives/2010/06/08/what-is-love-and-eminems-5-other-most-random-samples
  12. ^ "Kery James "Lettre à Mon Public"". WhoSampled. Retrieved October 17, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Tech N9ne - Last Sad Song (Feat. Krizz Kaliko)". Vodpod. Retrieved October 17, 2010. 

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