As I may have admitted during my 31 Days of Halloween Hijinks in the Thriller post, I’ve been on a huge Michael Jackson kick ever since I got back from the Michael Jackson Cirque Du Soleil show. So much so, that I checked out every album in his discography from the local library since then. While I already knew he was an amazing musician, what I really learned is how awesome Off the Wall is.
Sure, I’ve heard the singles and hits for every single one of his albums, but I’ve never heard the entire album for most of MJ’s earlier career. In fact, up until this past weekend, I didn’t really even know much about Off the Wall. Now, after listening to it non-stop, I am able to say it’s my favorite complete album in MJ’s discography. It’s just perfect from start to finish.
The song that’s currently stuck in my head is “Working Day and Night.” No lie, have the CD in the car with that song on repeat. I can’t get enough of it. The energy, the horn blasts, the chorus, hell even the “ooh hah” in the beginning of the song all add up to the perfect pop song.
After listening to MJ’s entire discography these past two weeks, I can definitely say his best decade musically was the ’80s (Off the Wall was 1979, but that’s close enough). Do you agree with me on this? ’80s MJ is the best, right? Feel free to sound off in the comment section below.
Also, what other artists should I get addicted to next? Before MJ, I picked up the entire Beatles discography. For now, I’m thinking either Pearl Jam or The Rolling Stones.
Day Eighteen: Michael Jackson’s Thriller
This past weekend, my wife and I went with my brother-in-law and sister-in-law to see the Detroit stop for the latest Cirque Du Soleil traveling show – Michael Jackson’s Immortal tour. As an aside, in case you’re wondering about the show – overall it was really good. I had a few issues with it, but overall it was an amazing experience! Not only did that show remind me that I have far too little representation of Michael Jackson’s music in my collection, it also reminded me that I love listening to Thriller this time of year.
Back when Michael was in his prime, a new video used to be a major event. MTV did an amazing job hyping his videos and creating excitement. Let’s be honest, Michael’s videos were always amazing so that helped too, but I don’t think MTV will ever match the excitement and buzz around a Jackson video ever again. Hell, we’re lucky to see videos a few hours each day these days…but I digress.
This is Thriller!
One of my favorite Michael Jackson videos is Thriller. It’s absolutely perfect – a good storyline, great choreography, Vincent Price, and zombies! Plus, the song is great too. I remember when MTV would show the entire 14 minute film, plus the behind-the-scenes documentary. I’d watch them every single time they were on – even though I’ve seen them several times before. There’s just something about Michael Jackson’s Thriller that captures the magic and spirit of Halloween, so I try to watch the video at least one a year around this time. Thankfully, since MTV doesn’t seem to care about it any longer, I can find it on YouTube. Everything about this video is iconic (from that red leather jacket to Vincent Price’s laugh track at the end) and it needs to be treated as such.
What music do you listen to when you’re trying to get into the Halloween spirit?