"If you look at 'Bad,' that's taken straight out of West Side Story. If you interview any of those choreographers, you'll see that Michael looked at West Side Story over and over and over again. If you put the song 'Cool' from West Side Story up against that, you'll see hunks taken. Not that it wasn't great, but Michael would never say where he was inspired from." - Toni Basil
''"Bad" is a song about the street. It's about this kid from a bad neighborhood who gets to go away to a private school. He comes back to the old neighborhood when he's on a break from school and the kids from the neighborhood start giving him trouble. He sings, "I'm bad, you're bad, who's bad, who's the best?" He's saying when you're strong and good, then you're bad.'' - Michael Jackson
''I was inspired by the true story about a student who went to school in upstate New York, who was "from the ghetto", had tried to make something of his life and planned to leave all of his friends behind when he returned from Thanksgiving break. The student's friends' jealousy resulted in them killing the student.'' - Michael Jackson
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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