Tag Archive: Michael Jackson


 

JLA-AlexRoss

It’s a dope trailer.  And the song of course, clinched it for me.

To borrow another title from that catalog, Don’t Let Me Down Warner Brothers.

Enjoy!

 

 

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While my childhood was one of many defined by what came next, as an adult I can’t really argue with anyone who feels ‘Off the Wall’ is a superior album.  Spike’s documentary captures all the reasons why.

As the title suggests, the first half covers the journey and how (absurd as it sounds now), Michael Jackson was having a hard time figuring out how to be taken seriously.  He was the bubblegum kid singer, he was the novelty at the front of the novelty act the Jackson 5.  As (a nice interview choice here) Kobe Bryant explained, young Mike was a hardcore student of his craft.  Not just studying Sammy Davis Jr’s moves, and James Brown’s moves, but how the industry treated them as black stars.

After ‘the Jacksons’ became a success after leaving Motown, it was time.  The concert footage really captures why ‘Rock With You’ is one of my favorite videos.  No one (in all the good and bad ways) was more theatrical than Michael Jackson, but he could blow you away with nothing but the microphone in his hand.  A great vocalist.

The last third of the film is the track by track breakdown.  Everyone from Questlove to his brothers, to Stevie Wonder breaking down ‘the last great disco record.’ Rock With You. Off the Wall. She’s Out of My Life. I Can’t Help It. Turn this Disco Out.

Yep, that album still holds up.  So does this doc.

Was a Showtime exclusive for a long time, now you can rent it on iTunes and I assume your other digital channels.

 

 

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Looking out
Across the nighttime
The city winks a sleepless eye
Hear her voice
Shake my window
Sweet seducing sighs

Get me out
Into the nighttime
Four walls won’t hold me tonight
If this town
Is just an apple
Then let me take a bite

If they say,
Why, why, tell ’em that it’s human nature
Why, why, does he do it that way
If they say,
Why, why, tell ’em that it’s human nature
Why, why does he do me that way

Reaching out
To touch a stranger
Electric eyes are everywhere
See that girl
She knows I’m watching
She likes the way I stare

If they say,
Why, why, tell ’em that it’s human nature
Why, why, does he do me that way
If they say,
Why, why, tell ’em that it’s human nature
Why, why does he do me that way

I like livin’ this way
I like lovin’ this way

Why why
(That way) Why why

Looking out
Across the morning
Where the city’s heart begins to beat
Reaching out
I touch her shoulder
I’m dreaming of the street

If they say,
Why, why, tell ’em that it’s human nature
Why, why, does he do me that way
If they say,
Why, why, ooo tell ’em
Why, why does he do me that way
If they say why, why, cha cha cha cha cha cha
Why does he do me that way
If they say why, why, why, ooo tell ’em
Why does he do me that way
If they say why, ooo tell ’em
Why does he do me that way
If they say why, da da da da da da da da
Why does he do my that way, I like living this way
Why, oh why, why, why

 

 

swv

The Weekend.

Going to be plenty of ‘wins and losses’ as far as the world goes in the near future, but as far as the mood in the Aziz Household…

Have a good weekend gang!

 

 

easystar

It’s the weekend!

The news is consistently…jarring to put it nicely.

But personally I’ve gotten used to a certain type of peace and have no complaints.

So I greet you this weekend with one of my favorite covers of my theme song.

Enjoy!

 

 

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Heard this on the way home and it put a smile on my face.

Mike put his spin on it (obviously), but these lyrics are money.  I’m sure that’s why he chose it.

Enjoy!

 

 

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So if this week, we’re trying to squeeze in some pure, escapist pop fun…

Don’t act surprised.

Enjoy!

 

mikewoody

The ‘Off the Wall’ vs ‘Thriller’ debate had a little traction this week, thus today’s song choice.

My favorite ‘underrated’ track off that album (if you consider any of those songs underrated).

Enjoy!

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How you all made me feel last week…

Thanks again for all the love.  One major goal knocked down (take a real vacation).  Next major goal will be done before the summer is over.

As I implied before I left, I can’t tell you how quickly everything else I’m building will fall into place.

I can only tell you it’s going to happen.

Enjoy.

espy

I fell into this before Oscars week when I posted her covering Michael.  I generally try to space out using the same artist too close together.

BUT…

When you successfully cover my single favorite Stevie song…

In the genre that’s the soundtrack to my life…

In front of the President AND the songwriter…

And kill it so hard I have to watch it 100 times to question ‘Do I like this better than the original?’

Impressive.  Most impressive.

Enjoy!