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Date: 2009-06-26 09:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fub.livejournal.com
In the early 80's the man was like a force of nature. Suddenly everyone did what he was doing. "Thriller" (the album) is an absolute masterpiece. His later work... not so much.

Just a few months ago, the radio station on our clock radio had an item where they'd ask their (musical) guests to cover Billie Jean. Almost every single one of them knew the song, and just played it without so much as a minute of preparation. That is how much impact he had on the musical scene of today.

Date: 2009-06-26 03:50 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] greybeta.livejournal.com
For a while, he was in tune with the spirit of the world. It's too bad he lost his way, but his tremendous musical genius was indeed a force to be reckoned with.

Date: 2009-06-26 10:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jasmin-sane.livejournal.com
Smooth Criminal, Who Is It, Blood On The Dancefloor, Say, Say, Say (with Paul McCartney) and Scream (if that is indeed its correct title) w/ Janet Jackson are some that immediately spring to mind as well.

Date: 2009-06-26 03:51 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] greybeta.livejournal.com
He had so many great songs in different genres. I'd have to say he's that rare transcendent talent that comes along once in a generation or two.

Date: 2009-06-26 04:30 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] hummingwolf.livejournal.com
"Smooth Criminal" is my favorite song, though the "Thriller" video is the one MJ-related thing I remember best.

Date: 2009-06-26 07:55 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] greybeta.livejournal.com
Thriller is the benchmark of music videos: All other music videos can only be a fraction of it.

Date: 2009-06-27 03:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cynicalcleric.livejournal.com
Found out about it the same way I learn of everything else important in the news: Fark.com :)

I think I'm the only person alive who doesn't like MJ's music. I mean, Thriller is kinda amusing (especially with dancing SoBe lizards). If I got a ride from someone and they insisted we would either listen to Busta Rhymes, The Dixie Chicks, Children of Sodom, or Michael Jackson then MJ is the lesser evil. But I have zero CDs and zero mp3s by him and have never in my life felt the desire to listen to him.

Date: 2009-06-27 03:40 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] greybeta.livejournal.com
I think we were a bit too young to have a deep connection for him. But for everyone who listened to his music as teens, and now in their forties and fifties (i.e. in charge of stuff), it's the biggest news ever. Just wait until Britney Spears bites the big one...
From: [identity profile] cynicalcleric.livejournal.com
Michael Jackson died and I am apathetic.

When Britney Spears dies, I will have to resist the urge to celebrate.

Date: 2009-06-30 03:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] enigmajoe2002.livejournal.com
you sir, have lost points for liking the Sobe lizards. Pew!

Date: 2009-06-30 03:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] enigmajoe2002.livejournal.com
In all reality, Michael Jackson was way past his prime so its not as big of a hit as, lets say, Heath Ledger.

Date: 2009-06-30 03:34 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] greybeta.livejournal.com
To be honest, Heath Ledger wasn't that big of a hit yet when he died (remember, before the Dark Knight came out). It's just that people recognized the latent talent he had. MJ's prime was so spectacular that people always wondered if he could have done more.

Date: 2009-06-30 04:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] enigmajoe2002.livejournal.com
Exactly. Except I don't think Michael Jackson could have done more. There are a ton of his unpublished songs so who knows.

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