Song about a white girl dating a black man
I wouldn't know a hit, I protested, from a hole in my head.
I liked all my songs, and if I'd written a hit it was by accident.
The track was one of the first Jackson recorded with his new backing band, a band he would perform with for his first three albums.
Written as a humorous commentary on women dating unattractive men, the song contains a prominent bass line and a chorus praised by critics as memorable.
"; in live shows, the audience calls often provides the response, which Sarah Larson of The New Yorker recalled made Jackson laugh during a performance.
This release of the single was unsuccessful on the charts, failing to reach the top 100 in either the UK or the US.
He explained that he was accused of racism by a black man because of the song's opening lyric "Pretty women out walking with gorillas down my street", which the man had thought was about black men dating white women.", Jackson said, "I mean, that never really happens. Like many of Jackson's songs, "Is She Really Going Out with Him?" has been rearranged in live concerts to align with Jackson's shifting musical interests.I'm certainly not ashamed of it, and I thank them, but I have to admit I sincerely hope they're not right".When asked if audiences at his concerts interrupt to ask for "Is She Really Going Out with Him? You always get a reaction for the best-known songs — that's obvious". " has been a mainstay of Jackson's live setlist since its release.