Sunday, June 28, 2009

R.I.P. King of Pop Pt. III

Apologies to those who are tired of this by now. To me, listening to all-MJ-all-the-time these past few days -- and knowing that everyone else is listening to the same songs -- has been a great experience. So I'm going to offer a few more tidbits:
  • Via Eli Lake, this is a fantastic MJ mix. Includes a lot of Jackson 5 stuff and a really cool demo version of "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough." MUST LISTEN!

  • My favorite music writer, Kelefa Sanneh, has a piece in the New Yorker with an interesting digression about Jackson's lifting a piece of Manu Dibango's "Soul Makossa" for "Wanna Be Startin' Something." Then Sanneh's piece finishes this way:
    Thursday night in New York was hot—after weeks of rain, it was one of the first real summer nights of the year. Car windows were open all over the city, and just about every station on the radio dial had switched to an all-Michael Jackson format; for the first (and, for all we know, the last) time, it felt as if absolutely everyone was listening to the same songs. Later that night, at least one bar in Brooklyn continued the celebration into the early hours of Friday. If you lived above it, you may have found yourself awake at 3 A.M., listening to a song you knew by heart: that familiar thump, that familiar chant. As Jackson and Dibango and millions of listeners discovered, you can’t escape “Thriller.” But, then, why would you want to?
  • Sanneh also did a good NPR segment summarizing Jackson in three songs:
    There's no way to sum him up. Here are three interesting tracks [...] but I would never, ever want to say they are the three greatest.
    The three? "Wanna Be Startin' Something," "Human Nature" and "Heartbreaker."

  • And I do think most everything in this piece is properly characterized as "gossip," but what can I say? Gossip is interesting. Jackson was gay, anorexic, drug-addicted, "in hock to Sony," etc. etc. Who knows if any of it is true. But given all the unanswered questions in his death, a piece purporting to have sources inside the Jackson camp is, well, of interest.

  • And if you are still hungry for more, Idolator has aggregated a lot of people's interesting quotations on MJ.

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