Thursday, June 25, 2009

Michael Jackson

This is hard to believe -- he just died. Wow. I guess that pretty much kills the market for those oxygen chambers that were supposed to make him live forever.

Who is going to be the King of Pop now?

UPDATE: I think maybe this was his most iconic moment. It was an historical piece of television history. I believe it was the first time he performed without his brothers, and it was definitely the first time he moonwalked. I don't think the kids today can really appreciate how much he changed things back in his prime, before the freak show. And then, too, there's Thriller.


G-Dog thinks this was his best vocal performance:

11 comments:

Sandy on Signal said...

Back in the early 70's, when I was a teeny bopper, I saw Jackson 5 in South Bend, Indiana. I had a huge crush on Michael. Watching this video, gets me misty-eyed. Thanks, Alice for sharing the video.

A Free Man said...

I was just listening to some of Michael Jackson's stuff from the 80's. I had to admit to myself that no matter how weird he was - and he was WEIRD - he made some of the better pop of the 80's.

june said...

While neither he nor Farrah were particularly old, that they died is making me feel old. Life is a passing!

alice said...

I'm reeling! Farrah was eleven years older than Michael, and I never felt like she was a peer, but I had Jackson 5/Michael's albums when I was a kid and admired the ten-speed he was standing with in one of the album photos -- he seemed like a contemporary. When Farrah was doing Charlie's Angels, Michael was still just a teenager.



Between these two and Ed McMahon, I feel like the great icons from my childhood are suddenly being struck down...

Julie L said...

Wow. Deaths do come in threes...

I know this isn't a particularly popular opinion, but the passings of Farah and Michael are rather timely. Farrah was tremendously ill, and I hate to think of what Michael would've become had he lived to 75. He was already a caricature of himself 10 years ago!



Oh, and what font is this in the comments box? It's rather weird...

Keera said...

Michael _is_ (OK, was) a contemporary. We were all moonwalking in the 70's. He just got known for it. His lyrics also reminded me that he and I both grew up in California.



I just blogged about my 1 degree of separation to Michael (actually, it was 10 feet).

Julie L said...

OMG the fringes in that second video!

I'm not sure which brother that is (not marlon, michael, or jermaine - perhaps tito?) but those yard-long sleeve fringes are something else...



(going to your blog now, Keera)

Keera said...

PS: There will be only one King of Pop. Even in his absence these recent years, no one took his place. And, Alice, you are right about how much he changed things back when. He was a genius.

alice said...

I used to love fringes -- especially the really long ones, which reminded me of water. When I was a kid, I would have loved to have had a shirt like that!



You're right about there being no new king, Keera. There will be never be a better selling album, either. The market is too fractured now -- back then just like we were all watching the same 3 channels, we were also listening to the same (pay-to-play?) music. The music market is much more diverse these days -- too diverse for there to ever be another album that rivals the sales of Thriller.

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