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