I was going to mention Michael Jackson’s death (+06/25/09, Wikipedia bio) a couple of days ago, but ended up too busy doing other stuff. While I don’t consider myself an MJ fan, I do admit that his music has influenced and generated many other music- and subcultures. Michael Jackson was the first and most important pop-artist of the Eighties and while his legacy slowly fainted away because of the high oil price, his music and videos (youtube channel) will inspire many upcoming acts, artists and, of course, sound-a-likes, dance-a-likes and look-a-likes.
This is going to be a different type of “Past The Bridge” posting though: since His Royal Badness’ music is so readily available around (his official site), what’s the point of cutting up a piece of song? So, when I think of Michael Jackson, the first song that comes in my mind is The Jackson 5’s “Can you feel it” (YouTube) and not the typical Eighties songs ‘Billy Jean’ and ‘Thriller’. That’s only because I think the accompanying video of ‘Can You Feel It’ defined Jackson’s further and future video-repertoire: that is, using all possible (technical) visual means to get the music across. If you think the photographic effects in that video look cheap, don’t forget that this was all done before computers became staple.
Anyway: I don’t think our household ever had a single Michael Jackson album which brings me to the point of this posting (well, that is, his death was another reason). During the height of the popularity of ‘Thriller’ (the LP), we ran into a female classmates who bought the album together and on the question how they would share it they blurted out that since they were best friends, it would most likely be a weekly thing.
Almost 30 years later, I wonder what happened to that record.