I’ve always said that this was my first concert, but I’m pretty sure I’m wrong. I saw the Oak Ridge Boys at the Ionia Free Fair around the time of “Elvira” and the internet tells me that must have been on August 5, 1981. (I think I also saw Cheap Trick there, which would have … Continue reading Ticketstubs: The Jacksons Victory Tour, 1984
The first question you have to ask yourself is this: Does anyone really care about the Billboard Hot 100 chart anymore? Isn’t that measuring something that’s rather irrelevant to anyone who gives a rat’s ass about music? Wasn’t it meaningful to those back in the proverbial day when moving discs from racks is what really … Continue reading Teenage Dreams & Liz’s Multitudinous Husbands
This new Michael Jackson album isn’t up to snuff. Since when did artists ever have control?
Video: Michael Jackson – “This Is It” Directed by Spike Lee from 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks. Stop hatin’. The Paul Anka song is still sappy but Spike’s video is kinda touching despite the occasionally corny effects and creepiness. Which, if you think about it, is appropriate. Michael Jackson: iTunes, Amazon, Insound, wiki Spike … Continue reading Spike Lee Directs “This Is It” Video
Man oh man, this Robbie Fulks Michael Jackson tribute album is getting more awesome and more crazy with every new detail. Now, we find out that Steve Albini‘s noisy three-piece Shellac plays on it: Shellac is a magnificent punk band in Chicago whose three members I’ve been friends with for years and years. If we … Continue reading Robbie Fulks + Shellac + Michael Jackson
Anyone who has had the pleasure of seeing country artist Robbie Fulks in concert over the last ten years is going to be thrilled to hear that he is in the process of finishing up his long-rumored collection of Michael Jackson interpretations. If you’ve never seen him, you might think this sounds like a stupid, … Continue reading Robbie Fulks Completes Michael Jackson Tribute
Stream: Michael Jackson – “This Is It” It’s not very good, is it? Oh well. Co-written with Paul Anka in 1983, it was originally released as “I Never Heard” by Safire on her 1991 album I Wasn’t Born Yesterday (Polygram). You can stream her version on her MySpace if you wanna compare. Let’s hope they … Continue reading Michael Jackson – Is This It?
The Associated Press has obtained a copy of Michael Jackson‘s autopsy report, and the doctor who reviewed it for the AP says, “His overall health was fine” (Variety, Billboard). Nevertheless, there are some interesting tidbits in the report. The good: • Jackson weighed 136 pounds, which is “in the acceptable range for a 5-foot-9 man.” … Continue reading Autopsy results: Michael Jackson was healthy
This is, quite simply, the best piece of investigative music journalism I’ve read in a long, long time: “The Jackson Find” by Jake Austen for the Chicago Reader. Many hardcore fans know that the Jackson 5 released a pre-Motown single called “Big Boy” on Steeltown Records. It was recorded in November 1967 at a small … Continue reading The Jackson 5’s First Studio Recording Unearthed
Michael Jackson has had the best selling album in the country, Number Ones, for six out of the past seven weeks. But despite the fact that it sold 98,000 last week (down 14%), you won’t find it on the Billboard 200 where current mediocrity reigns supreme: 1. Sugarland – “Live on the Inside” – 76,000 … Continue reading Michael Jackson: Sixth Week on Top