Musical composer Brad Buxer addressed a few details about Michael Jackson’s alleged involvement in the Sonic the Hedgehog 3 soundtrack in a recently discovered interview with the Abbey Road Institute.
After a mention of Jackson’s 1995 single Stranger in Moscow, Buxer confirmed in the late May interview that the basis for the song was inspired from the soundtrack that played during the credits of Sonic the Hedgehog 3.
I go knock at [Jackson’s] door and I had under my arm a cassette player. I’ve been doing all the SEGA Sonic the Hedgehog cues. Because, the way Michael works is he’ll tell SEGA he’ll do it, and then he says “Brad, you’ll do it,” right.Brad Buxer, musical composer
Buxer also confirmed that him and his soundtrack team were responsible for most of the tracks for the game, with the exception of one unspecified song, where Michael Jackson worked alongside Buxer and the team.
The soundtrack for SEGA’s Sonic the Hedgehog 3 has been an elusive topic amongst Sonic fans for years. The speculation getting traction in 2005 during an interview by a defunct Sonic web page with Roger Hector, ex-director from SEGA Technical Institute.
Hector claimed that he found out that Jackson was originally recruited by SEGA to compose the music for Sonic 3, but fell through due to the musician’s widely-publicized scandals. The possibility of Jackson’s song still being present in the game became a topic of debate due to a 2006 video that attempted to connect Jackson’s musical style in the final game.
h/t art/research via Liam Ashcroft, Nicolaas Hamman