Monday, September 5, 2016
Michael Jackson - Extended Thriller - 1982
That being said, no better way to start of POP MUSIC WEEK, than with the king of pop himself, Michael Jackson.
After my parents purchased Men At Work's Business As Usual album, the first album I ever got, my second album ever was MJ's Thriller. Oh, yes, the craze was everywhere. You couldn't go to a department store without a monitor in the music department playing the Thriller video, and 2 dozen people standing around it watching. All the kids at school were on it. I'd never seen so many faux red leather and sparkly gloves in my life. I even went as far as learning how to moonwalk. I was just shy of putting jerry-curl in my hair before I came to my senses.
I'm no fan of MJ. But, I can't deny the impact this album had not only on the world in general, but in my little life as well. I listen to the album now, and it sounds dated, yes, but every song is spot on and well written. I hate to say it, but it is perfect pop. Nobody has to like the guy or even like the album, but no one can say it isn't a good album. Despite the variations in everyone's tastes, a bad album doesn't sell billions of copies.
So, I really don't know anyone who doesn't have the original album in one form or another. So, here is the companion disc of remixes (and one bonus track). They released an extended mix of every song on the album, with the exception of the song Thriller. WOW. Who does that now? The fan mixer, Dreamtime, did an extended version of the song Thriller, and it is a perfect fit. The bonus track I added is another Paul McCartney song that MJ guest-vocaled on. So, enjoy the lot.
I'll be back tomorrow with some more pop music (love it or not), see you then...