Still Thrilling, After All These Years

November 30, 2012

Humor

220px-MichaeljacksonthrilleralbumHey, quick post, and great opportunity to stop and take a moment to remember something great:  Today is the 30th anniversary of the release of Michael Jackson’s Thriller. With all the scandal and weirdness that became the Jackson carnival of schadenfreude, it can be easy to forget that Thriller is just a jaw-dropping, rock-solid brilliant pop album with, basically, no weak spots (well, the Paul McCartney duet is kind of awful, but other than that…!)

“Beat It”?  “Pretty Young Thing”? “Human Nature”? “Billie Jean”? All classics, all brilliant, incredibly enjoyable songs, I don’t care who you are.

And, of course, still the single greatest music video ever created.  Take ten minutes to remember this:

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Okay, fine, you don’t have 10 minutes to revisit a great song and a great short film.  Can you spare 4 minutes to remember “Billie Jean”?  (Well, 4 minutes and 17 seconds… sorry about the ad)

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55 Comments on “Still Thrilling, After All These Years”

  1. Barbara Backer-Gray Says:

    I completely agree. He rocked back then.

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    • The Byronic Man Says:

      It’s hard to remember how genuinely good he was, between the grossness and hype and cartoonishness.

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      • Barbara Backer-Gray Says:

        Not if you grew up with him. He was big when I was in college and just afterward. Thriller came out during my last year in college. The end of college was also pretty much the end of my discovery of completely awesome music. So I didn’t follow Michael Jackson that much after Thriller, except for seeing the freaky photos on the fronts of tabloids at the supermarket. It’s sad how it all ended. He was a musical genius, right up there with Freddy Mercury.

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  2. DiatribesAndOvations.com Says:

    Great post! There will never be another like him. Thanks for pointing out the anniversary.

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  3. becomingcliche Says:

    I wanted that recording so bad. On tape. I got the record. It’s hard to bop down the street to the beat with a record player strapped to your back.

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  4. mistyslaws Says:

    I had it on vinyl. And that is indeed a true classic in cinematography and dance. Especially for the times.

    And I don’t know WHAT you are talking about, Willis! That Paul McCartney duet it genius!! My 7 year old self thought that was the very best song on the album. So :p

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  5. Jen Says:

    “I think I told you, Paul. . .I’m a lover, not a fighter.” Nah, you’re right. That song sucked worse than an Amish whore. But I STILL bust out the dance movies when I hear “Thriller”. Next time you’re in Portland you’ll have to join us for the annual maa “Thriller” dance in Pioneer Courthouse Square on Halloween. It truly is a thing of beauty.

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    • The Byronic Man Says:

      Hey, some of my best friends are Amish whores! Ah, it’s okay. They’re terrible prostitutes.

      As for the Pioneer Square Thriller dance? Hold me a spot. I’ll start warming up now.

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  6. on thehomefrontandbeyond Says:

    -the only thing that spoiled Michael Jackson for me is that they played him in the aerobics class I took–went twice–back in 1983–other than that agree with you totally
    -by the way, today, I took a cue from you and developed three 100 word stories and mentioned you as my inspiration–thanks for the idea–

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  7. ConnieMaria Says:

    Now I have Thriller stuck in my head lol Nice post 😉

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  8. Go Jules Go Says:

    Never heard of him. I think he stole these songs from Glee.

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  9. Elyse Says:

    Ok, you summed it up here — all of it: It’s hard to remember how genuinely good he was, between the grossness and hype and cartoonishness.

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  10. speaker7 Says:

    It’s easy to forget he created something this amazing.

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    • The Byronic Man Says:

      Which is, in some ways, the mark of how tragic his life became. He was, apparently, obsessed with recreating this magic, to show he could make an even bigger album. And parts (parts) of that obsession are probably what fueled his implosion.

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  11. My Ox is a Moron Says:

    Thriller is my all time favorite!

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  12. Angie Z. Says:

    I was obsessed with this album and these videos even at a young age. My best friend had The Making of Thriller on Beta and we watched it just about every week for a year. I loved the scene where John Landis tickles Michael Jackson’s feet. Ick. My friend and I even bought the same vinyl teal-colored purses with the Thriller album cover printed on them. I loved that damn purse.

    I was apparently too innocent because it took me a decade to figure out what the hell Billie Jean was even about.

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    • The Byronic Man Says:

      “The kid is not my son?” What kid? Is Billie Jean a kid? Of course “she” isn’t my son! Silly Michael! Girls are daughters!

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    • angeliquejamail Says:

      We recorded the hour-long documentary on the making of the “Thriller” video from cable and watched it over and over also. I think that might have been the last time I could watch a zombie movie of any length without having nightmares.

      Which, by the way, really eats into my enjoyment of watching “The Walking Dead.”

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      • The Byronic Man Says:

        Season 2 of Walking Dead really cut in to my enjoyment of Walking Dead. Glad I kept with it, though, because season 3 really resurrected it (ha! See what I did?) for me.

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        • angeliquejamail Says:

          Ha, very nice. 🙂 My husband really enjoys it, but I prefer his funny recaps afterward to actually viewing the episodes. I think the writing and acting are generally good; I just don’t dig on zombies.

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  13. The Bumble Files Says:

    Thirty years?! Really?! I feel a little old all of sudden. Agreed. It is a brilliant album. I always liked “Pretty Young Thing…PYT.”

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  14. Life With The Top Down Says:

    I think I played that album until it became one with the turntable. Wow, 2 extinct words in one sentence…yikes! MJ was the real deal…a true entertainer!

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    • The Byronic Man Says:

      The only thing that always drove me nuts is people saying he “invented” the moonwalk. “Popularized it,” sure. I remember watching something on this ‘crazy new dance style’ emerging out of New York in about 1981. There were a bunch of kids breakdancing and one of them moonwalked and I nearly peed myself. I couldn’t believe it. I spent the next 2 months trying to figure out how he did it. So, technically, I was even moonwalking before MJ.

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  15. Don't Quote Lily Says:

    So true. Those songs were pretty damn AWESOME.

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  16. renée a. schuls-jacobson Says:

    That gas-passer took our legend. Too soon. Too soon. Still, he was a freak show. Who names his kid “Blanket “? 😉

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  17. Lorna's Voice Says:

    Can it be 30 years? I agree, though. Thriller was a killer…

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    • The Byronic Man Says:

      I know. It reminds me of when I did a post on “20 Years After The Eruption Of Mt. St. Helens,” and someone had to put in the comments, “Uh, it’s been 30 years, there, old man…” Wha? That can’t be right!

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  18. LizForADay Says:

    I agree that MJ was a great artist. When I say this I am just focusing on the music. 🙂

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    • The Byronic Man Says:

      You kind of have to. I was never a fan of his in any long term sense (after Off The Wall and this one I’m not so engaged), so I never had to struggle with the whole art vs. artist thing with him.

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    • The Byronic Man Says:

      Oh, and p.s. – I’ve been enjoying your blog. Not being on WP, I have to fill out a giant form to leave a comment, and then entropy kicks in. Also, I had a scarring experience trying to leave comments on someone’s blog and they would just never show up… So, sorry to not comment, but it’s really interesting!

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  19. Michelle Gillies Says:

    Totally agree. Thriller will always be one of the best pieces of work both musically and video wise. It is how I choose to remember this remarkable talent.

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  20. Storkhunter Says:

    Never been a big MJ fan, but gotta agree with Thriller, a great piece of music.

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  21. She's a Maineiac Says:

    Oh, yeah, this takes me back. I remember how excited we’d get, waiting for the thriller video to come on MTV. And when they showed the ENTIRE thing?! We were ecstatic! They just don’t make videos now like they used to…do they even make videos anymore?

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  22. Wilma Says:

    It funny. I still remember where I was when I first saw Thriller. Along with the song and video, this is also one of the best group dances ever.

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  23. earthriderjudyberman Says:

    Loved Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” (Also “Beat It,” and Weird Al Yankovic’s parody of it, “Eat it.” – hysterical)

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  24. Valentine Logar Says:

    Michael was genius in part because he really didn’t have ego. My favorites were always Smooth Criminal and The Way You Make Me Feel, don’t know why I loved these two but I always did.

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