Skip to comments.Heresy: Michael Jackson Wasn’t That Good After He Left The Jackson Five
Posted on 06/27/2009 12:03:03 PM PDT by AJKauf
I know this is heresy, blasphemy to the gods of the publicity industrial complex who created and destroyed the later Michael Jackson.
But Ive let a day pass since his awful death before saying this: after the completely wonderful Jackson Five era, Michael Jackson was no longer a very interesting singer, not after he left the collaborative genius of the J-5. He became known for his dancing (wow, the moonwalk, really memorable!), for his stupid costumes (what was with the whole militaristic thing? And was the glove really all that interesting or distinctive in any way?), for one or two good songs (Human Nature or whatever it was officially called) and Thriller wasnt one of them. Come on, do you really think that novelty concoction is worth another listen ever? (Okay I liked Billy Jean even though I still misremember the key lyric as the chair is not my love)...
(Excerpt) Read more at pajamasmedia.com ...
I was never a major fan. Only one album ever held a spot in my album collection, a Best of the Jackson 5 record. Although I liked the Thriller song and the MTV video, it was at that point his popularity was becoming more than I could stomach. To much of him on the POP radio stations.
I began listening to the classic rock album radio stations or to the new country that was starting to take hold of a new generation with great talent like George Strait , Vince Gill, Randy Travis, the Judds, and Alabama.
Following the Thriller period, Michael just got weird. First came the smashing car window video, that started people wondering about his sanity, and it just went down hill from there.
Most of the good artists today said they would kill to have a song as good as Billie Jean. They were being interviewed and it seems that song is the golden standard to a lot of them. I don’t mean rappers , who have no talant and only sale records based on thuggishness.
The author of this piece sounds pretty into himself, both in the traditional sense, and in the sense that his head is up his ass.
The best stuff was the first album. I don't care what anybody says, but their first hit "I Want You Back" is a rockin' song, maybe even the best song that ever came from the Motown "Corporation".
He was a sick freak and never got one nickle out of me in his whole career.
But Wierd Al will him the most!
My personal favorite track is the lesser-known "Human Nature" but not because of the lyrics--which I don't care for--but because of Jackson's amazingly agile voice, and the complex layered arrangement, which were perfectly fitted to the song.
But the music deteriorated rapidly and became rancid following that high point. The decline seemed to correspond with Jackson's descent into pedophilia and related bizarre behavior. In a real sense, Michael Jackson has been dead for over 25 years.
Each of them descended into being a freak show, and Elvis died fat and Jackson died anorexic.
Paging Macaulay Culkin.. Mr. Culkin to the courtesy phone...
Quality control question for you...
There were even signs before Thriller that Michael was “different”, I think the drugs just made it even worse.
It’s another classic case that shows that when kids don’t have a normal childhood, it won’t turn out well.
It was as if MJ spent his entire adult life trying to have that childhood he never got as a kid.
The article above is the opinion of a person who must have been asleep during the 80s. Again, hate the guy, mock the guy, feel pity for the guy, wish the guy spent his years in prison ....but saying that he was a nothing after the J5 is like saying Reagan's best years were when he was a 2-bit actor in Hollwood.
Okay, I'll ask the question. What's the difference? Are you really a good artist if no one buys your product? Are you just an entertainer if everyone does? Smells like intellectual snobbery.
I don't like Nirvana, Picasso, the Rolling Stones, Tupac Shakur, Andy Warhol or Salvador Dali. But I appreciate what they did to change their medium. I won't look down my nose at someone who sold a billion dollars worth of himself just because I didn't buy any of it.
Sorry, but for all his faults, the man seriously impacted society. 1) The music video became a standard after Billie Jean, 2) his album was among the first on CD (that new-fangled digital media stuff) 3) “Remember the Time” introduced “morphing”, computer generated effects for the first time.
I have no use for Michael Jackson the bizarre plastic-fantastic pedophile. I do have fond memories of Michael Jackson, singer and performer, 1978 through about 1986.
Unlike many people, I wasn't much of a fan of the Jackson Five. In the late 60s Motown era, I preferred acts like Sly & the Family Stone.
I was never a Michael Jackson fan. I was 22 when Thriller came out and remember being very sick of hearing it really fast.
It’s hard to believe now but when he was young Michael Jackson was very disciplined and worked hard. We forget that Michael Jackson used to spend hours on his dance moves. Quincy Jones worked with him in “The Wiz” and MJ asked Quincy to produce him
Quincy said no but then he saw how talented MJ was and how hard MJ worked in “The Wiz” that he agreed to produce his next two albums
Once MJ scored a lot of money it went to his head so he bought NeverLand and started hanging out with young boys. Started bleaching his skin and getting nose jobs....sick sick sick
When he was black he was a good looking dude
“’Bad’ in 1987...was the last decent work. Everything after that point was garbage. The guy had a 5-year run with the J5 group and a 10-year run by himself. By 1990...the career was mostly finished. So we are saying now....nineteen years of virtually no great fresh material...and this big hype over the past twenty-four hours....has been over a 10-year effort?”
The Beatles only had 6 years together (once they conquered America, that is), and scattered moments after they went solo. This is the way it works in popular music. If you look at it objectively, and compare him to other acts, his album sales, hit singles, etc. speak for themselves.
“And was the glove really all that interesting or distinctive in any way?”
It was distinctive, relative to performers of his age. In the grand scheme of things, no, it wasn’t. Or maybe using just one instead of two was special, I don’t know. What I do know is that dancers have long employed gloves, for good reason. It draws attention to the dancer’s hands, makes the motions stand out. Same with the tight pants and white socks, which draw attention to the feet.
So much of fashion seems arbitrary, but he knew what he was doing.
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