Michael Jackson originally recorded this on his 1987 album Bad. Many of Alien Ant Farm's fans are too young to know about Jackson's version.
This made Alien Ant Farm famous, but it was not their first single. They released "Movies" first, but Los Angeles radio station KROQ started playing this instead, which led to a great deal of exposure and prompted them to release it as a single. "Movies" was re-released later to take advantage of their new fame.
This was included on their first album, which was released on an independent label. When they signed with a big record company, they included it on their first major-label release, ANThology.
Alien Ant Farm have played a lot of quirky covers over the years. When they started, they tried to play a different cover at every show. Some of the bands they covered include Weezer, Bad Brains, The Police, and Sade.
The video pokes fun at Michael Jackson, but they made sure to get his permission and keep it lighthearted. Some of the Michael Jackson clichés they make fun of are Bubbles the chimp and the Moonwalk.
When Jackson saw the video, he asked that a scene with a boy in a surgical mask be removed, because it made fun of his medical condition. They took it out, but Jackson decided he liked it the way it was. In the end, there were 2 videos, one with the mask, one without.
This was nominated for a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Song.