Before it Was Weird…

25 Jun

I’m old enough to have been a Michael Jackson fan before things got out of hand. I remember being 12 or 13, sitting in the living room, waiting anxiously for the premier of Thriller. YouTube – Thriller – Original. Man that was cool. I remember the “scary” gangs from Beat It (YouTube – Michael Jackson – Beat It) and the glittery glove, and sliding all over any smooth floor, trying to perfect the moonwalk. I remember the tip of the hat and all of it. I even had this poster. And I remember when the biggest scandal surrounding Michael Jackson was that Billie Jean was trying to frame him as the father of her illegitimate baby. Billie Jean | Michael Jackson | Music Video | MTV.

But then the wheels came off.

He became this weird, insanely self destructive shut-in and then, coup de grace, became a pedophile. It was kind of a game changer for me.

This afternoon I discovered that for the last few months, Disney has been playing the old Michael Jackson short film, created by Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas in 1986, Captain EO. YouTube – Michael Jackson Captain Eo. I don’t remember this movie, in fact I’m sure I never saw it at all, but it made me wonder.

Disney and Michael Jackson? Really? Isn’t that, like Alanis Morissette said, a little too ironic? I mean, surely it’s a conflict of interest, right?

But people love their King of Pop. And with today marking the 1-year anniversary of his death, trust me when I say you won’t be able to get away from him and his tragic tale on tv. Highlights: Michael Jackson, king for a day. So if you’re a fan, dig in. Otherwise, I hope you have something on Tivo.

I don’t know, but for me it ended back in the late 80’s, before the surgeries and the bleached-out skin, before that freak show at Neverland Ranch. You know, back when he had a jheri curl and the red and black leather jacket was still awesome.

Love him or not, he had an unprecedented influence on music (I hear it all over the place in Justin Timberlake) and somehow managed to become a powerful cultural phenomenon, despite his crazy childhood and the creepy allegations of child molestation that came later.

And sorry superfans, but come on. You know as well as I do that the children of the world are safer now that he’s gone. Despite that though, I do hope he finally found some peace.

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2 Responses to “Before it Was Weird…”

  1. Mom June 25, 2010 at 7:51 pm #

    maybe we should all dance Thriller today. Sort of like Hands Across America – we could Thriller Across America.

    • thefoolschair June 25, 2010 at 8:39 pm #

      I remembered today…waiting to go to the dance so we could see Thriller…in the living room of Mosser Ave, on the green couches….sitting with Kristin (daughter of crazy neighbor)…it was epic.

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