Sources: Gigwise | All Things Michael
Bryan Loren, the writer of the iconic Simpsons single ‘Do The Bartman’, has spoken out for the first time to deny that Michael Jackson co-wrote the novelty song.
The song was first released in 1990, and was performed by Nancy Cartwright, who has voiced 10-year-old Bart Simpson since 1989. It quickly topped the charts across Europe, and was certified gold in the UK.
According to the show’s creator, Matt Groening, Jackson was a huge fan of the show and co-wrote the novelty song – without receiving any credit because he was under contract to another record label.
Now though, responding to news that an anonymous buyer has purchased the rights to the song, Bryan Loren has contacted Music Business Worldwide to deny Jackson’s involvement extended beyond backing vocals.
“The story of the song and its creation has been a thorn in my side since I did it,” said Loren. “But, despite Matt Groening’s repeated confessions, I am the sole writer of the song.”
He added, “While it’s true, along with me, Michael Jackson does sing backing vocals. And it WAS his idea to call the song, DTB. AND, he did insist I include his name in the lyric. Hence, ‘If you can do the Bart, you’re bad like Michael Jackson.’ And so, obviously, he was involved. Perhaps this tidbit of info is not as sensational as saying MJ co-wrote the song, but I assure you, he did not.”
The rights to the song sold on auction site Royalty Exchange this week for £25,000.
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