Friday, June 26, 2009

Michael Jackson R.I.P.



The King of Pop is dead. On this very sad day, let's remember some of the wonderful music Jackson created. My all-time favourite Jackson number is 'Can You Feel It?' by the Jackson 5, which you can hear above (video by tahuexo 1). For my money the best dance record of all time. What's your favourite Jackson track?

14 comments:

Kid Lazy said...

I just cant belive he died..what a loss! he was the greatest performer of all times and he was only 50!

Robin Carmody said...

The song I linked to on my blog was "Off the Wall", but "Can You Feel It" makes you feel *anything is possible* - and, at his moment, that is what he did. Remember him that way.

olching said...

Neil, Robin, my two faves are Can You Feel It and Off The Wall.

I'll be honest, when this broke last night, it didn't sink in and I was more interested in the info and seeing reactions.

As the day has worn on today, I now feel absolutely gutted. Honestly. A piece of our history has been cut off.

olching said...

But you need the incredible video to Can You Feel It to really 'feel it':

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xW1fXL3s7bk

olching said...

Sorry, Neil, just to add, it's a big moment, firstly because of the nostalgia, but also because he was a product of our media-driven culture; an embodiment of building and breaking by a media-obsessed celeb culture and we've witnessed the whole madness unfold.

Charlie Marks said...

Ben.

Who else would write a ballad about a rat?

ematejoca said...

I cannot believe Michael Jackson died! I prefer classic music, that he was the King of the Pop.
Farrah Fawcett died too, but we knew, she was very ill.

I read everything you write, Neil, but I am enable to write a comment.
I am afraid you don´t understand me.

Anonymous said...

Okay, so MJ was a talented singer and a huge star.

Okay, so it's very sad that he has died aged just 50.

But...

Is it just me, or is the blanket 24/7 media coverage of this event insanely OTT?

(Sorry MJ fans, but there really are some other world events out there which are FAR more important than this sad story...er...aren't there??)

canopy rentals said...

Very Bad News, We have Lost an Extraordinary Person who rolled his life completely on dance and music. Jackson is No more but god will soon gives a solution.

Robin Carmody said...

Anonymous - I essentially agree, great though his greatest works are. Certainly had MJ died 20 years ago, when he still had some relevance in the present day, there would never have been a Newsnight special about him, and I much preferred that broadcasting environment (if I could wave a wand and get it back, I would). But, as olching says, much of this is almost a warning to all other celebrities, a sign of precisely what can happen on the other side.

Anonymous said...

Commiserations to his family and all that, but out of all the black American artists in the 70s and 80s I preferred the Isley Bros and Stevie Wonder.

Jackson was a great dancer, but for me, musically, he just didn't have it and he relied too heavily on Quincy Jones's great tunes and arrangements. His voice grated on my nerves, and his narcissism did so even more. He was one amongst many who represented the historical turning-point of hubris in a culture in terminal decline.

- questionnaire

Czarny Kot said...

I know that his early songs are considered the best but maybe because I grew up with the Bad album I always liked the ones like 'Dirty Diana' and 'Man in the Mirror'. 'Smooth Criminal had a good video as well.

Still, I think 'Billy Jean' will always be seen as THE Michael Jackson song.

Robin Carmody said...

We should indeed not forget (as we have so often in the past in these circumstances) what a sad figure he cut in the last years, ever more pathetically living in shadows, his voice long since shot to pieces and from 'Bad' onwards drowned in uniquely irritating mannerisms. Although this is obviously a pure coincidence, his four biggest-selling albums all coincided roughly with Thatcher/Major election victories, and his stardom did much to reinforce the new capitalism and kill off the very romanticism of pop which had initially made him seem so exciting.

In many ways it is a tribute to what he achieved in his first quarter-century on earth that he has been remembered so fondly - the sense of loss is, if anything, *despite* the second half of his life, not because of it.

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