“I Took My Baby
On A Saturday Bang
Boy Is That Girl With You
Yes We’re One And The Same
Now I Believe In Miracles
And A Miracle
Has Happened Tonight
About My Baby
It Doesn’t Matter If You’re
Black Or White” – Black or White
Michael Jackson’s song Black or White released in 1991 was inspired by INXS. In 1982 INXS released a song titled Black and White on their Shabooh Shoobah album. Of course, having met INXS before meeting MJ in ’83 I pretty much knew all their songs.
With Michael Hutchence and Tim Farris, we talked about the similarities in our countries in that we shared a history of racism. It was also a conversation I had with MJ. Fortunately, I grew up in a South that was changing. We talked about Martin Luther King, Jr.’s march on Selma, Alabama. I wanted to break down the barriers of symbols which were found offensive. Symbols used in the Black or White music video were “KKK” and the swastika.
(Martin Luther King, Jr. and marchers on Selma, AL. The photo was taken by family friend and fashion photographer Spider Martin who committed suicide 9 years to the day that Kurt Cobain’s body was found. )
By the time of MJ’s release of Black or White, I had written the song “Raise Your Glass” which would go on to be performed by P!nk. Kurt Cobain would sometimes play air guitar while I would sing and it influenced “Raise Your Glass” and Macaulay Culkin was doing an imitation of Kurt in the Black or White music video.