Wednesday, July 1, 2009

854th Post - The Obligatory Michael Jackson Post

I wasn't planning to write about Michael Jackson. Plenty of people already have, and will continue to do so. I have little or nothing to add to the discussions.

His heyday was the 1980's, when I was in high school and university. It was very difficult to avoid his music; even the campus radio station, with its adoration of the eclectic, played his stuff. I had to admit, as hard as it was at the time, that I enjoyed some of his songs.

There are some unjustly neglected MJ songs, and I thought I'd embed a couple of them here, now. "Dirty Diana" is a song about a wanton woman bent on the seduction of any man who's in a rock band. It is a hard rockin' tune, and I don't know why it doesn't get played more, some 20 years after it was a hit. But hearing it again after all this time makes me think that Jackson could have been a significant rock and roller if he had decided to go down that road.

By the way, the "Dirty Diana" in this video is reportedly Sheryl Crowe. She was touring with Jackson back then, one of his background singers, and was appointed. I'd know those hips anywhere!

The other tune I want to share with you is "Smooth Criminal". This s a somewhat shorter version of the video. There is one that is nearly ten minutes long, and it isn't hard to find on youtube, so you can go looking for it if you want. I'm embedding this version because it includes the lyrics.

When this was a hit, a bunch of us all thought that they were saying, over and over, "Eddie, are you ok? Are you ok, Eddie?" But it's "Annie", which makes a bit more sense now.

I hope you like it.

Happy Canada Day, folks! I didn't enjoy any activities today. I was busy with Patricia doing something that will change my life forever later on this month. You'll find out soon just what that is.


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