Musical Musings A to Z: J is for Michael Jackson

I had a bit of an unscheduled break from my musical musings last week – a lack of time to blog and a serious lack of inspiration will do that to you!

Now, I know, you were all waiting for me to do J for Jamiroquai –  I have made no secret that they are my all-time favourite band.

However, I have enjoyed sharing with you some of the artists that I have not already featured on the blog so I thought I should spread the love and go with another ‘J’ artist this week.

If you wish to catch up on my previous posts in this series, feel free to click on any link below:

A is for Rick Astley

B is for Ben Folds Five

C is for Cake

D is for Doobie Brothers

E is for En Vogue and Eternal

F is for Aretha Franklin

G is for Garbage

H is for Hall & Oates

I is for INXS

This week I have to go for one of the biggest artists of all time, the king of pop himself, Michael Jackson.

MICHAEL-JACKSON-Thrillerfrontal

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Like him, or loathe him as a person, you have to appreciate the true genius of the man as a singer, songwriter and dancer. I grew up worshiping him as the ultimate performer – no-one else could compare to the energy and innovation he displayed in his music and videos.

It is hard to pin down two of my favourite tracks, although I do have a soft spot for his earlier tunes, before the wackiness of his personal life began to overshadow his genius. I could have also gone for PYT, Another Part of Me, Keep it in the Closet, Remember the Time, Gotta Be Startin’ Somethin’ and a whole host of others…

His songs were funky and danceable and immensely singable.  They inspired parodies (who can forget Weird Al’s “Eat It” and “Fat”?) and have since been sampled by some of the world’s biggest artists (in her hit “Don’t Stop the Music,” Rihanna sampled a line from “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin”)

In my mind, despite everything, he was and he remains, the king of pop.

Rock With You

The bass line in this, combined with the disco beat and catchy harmony, is pure gold. I think this will always be my favourite Michael Jackson track.

Thriller

It has been voted the ultimate song of the 20th century for very good reason – pure pop gold!

Here’s to J for Michael Jackson – make sure you come back next week to continue on my musical alphabet quest!

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As it’s Sunday, I am linking up with Cate from Life Behind the Purple Door for the Sunday Session – go on and check out the other music posts linked up there this week!

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5 Responses

  1. Wacko Jacko, eh? Bob Marley once wrote “In this bright future, you can’t forget your past”, and as such I acknowledge that, by virtue of the era of my birth, listening to Jacko was inescapable back then…

    My post today doesn’t have much to do with Jacko, but there is a subtle connection between the two. Can you guess what it is?
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    • Kirsty says:

      i’m very obtuse tonight so I have not been able to identify the subtle connection – but gosh I enjoyed your pick for this week. One of Lenny Kravitz’s best tracks!

      • It’s a great song isn’t it? It features Guns ‘n Roses guitarist Slash on it. In 1991, Slash played on two songs on Lenny’s “Mama Said” LP, this one and “Fields of Joy” (my other all time fave Lenny tune). Aside from working on the two LPs Gunners released simultaneously on the same day in 1991, he also played on Michael Jackson’s LP “Dangerous”, on the track “Give In To Me”. I think he also may have played on some parts of “Black or White” from the same MJ LP too, but don’t quote me on that…
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  2. Grace says:

    Big, HUGE MJ fan! I love “Rock With You” but my all time fave is “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough” Gets me on the dance floor. Every. Single. Time.
    You know, the morning it was on the radio that he died, I found out I was pregnant.
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    • Kirsty says:

      Wow – that’s eerie timing, isn’t it? I remember vividly the morning of my HSC maths exam – River Phoenix had died overnight – that definitely cast a pall on the exam…

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