[It had a] haunting kind of a sound and I would have loved it on the first album
- Mariah Carey
ABOUT THE SONG
Rob Markman: In 2015, you know, Mariah, you teased us.
MC: With what?
RM: You sent a tweet in 2015 about listening to your demo, “Now playing ‘Hypnotized’”
MC: And now I don’t know where it is, I gotta find it again, but that song was the best song on that demo, that and ‘Vision of Love’ were my favorites song on the demo. And umm, I don’t know where it is now! And they were like, the label was like, “It’s too r&b,” and now I realize why, because it was kinda like a sparse record with just chords and like, I liked the beat. And it was a pretty melody, kinda of like a minor, umm like, haunting kind of a sound and I would have loved it on the first album, but they didn’t want to do it so…
RM: So you don’t know where it is, ‘cause you had it in 2015… What I’m getting it as… why can’t we play it too?
MC: It’s been a rocky road for those three years, so I’m pretty sure someone swiped that demo. But, ummm I don’t know, I don’t know… we’ll find it. Actually it would have been a great idea to redo that song or just put the demo out for this album. We’ll find it.
Genius “Genius Level Mariah Carey”, with Rob Markman, November 14, 2018
1988 Included on the demo tape. Remains unreleased.