I bet you guys were wondering how far down in the list we’d get before I got to Michael Jackson. Not far.
For those of you who are new readers, or don’t understand how much of an oddball I am, I have an entire category under “rock” dedicated to MJ. When I was a little kid, I taped EVERYTHING MJ off of MTV and VH1, and would watch the tapes over and over again. I was picked on to no end by my classmates (kids are mean). So, I became a closet MJ fan, and stayed that way for years. Somewhere along the lines in college I decided that I didn’t care anymore and came out of the closet. With a vengeance.
I didn’t want to include one artist more than once on this list. Scratch that. After listening to his entire catalogue, I’ve got another one coming up later.
It took me a while to decide which of his albums was my favorite because they all have their merits. Bad has “Smooth Criminal” which has one of my favorite dance sequences, and that album is the soundtrack to “Moonwalker”. Thriller has a ridiculous amount of number one hits, including “Billie Jean“, “Beat it“, and of course, “Thriller“. And Dangerous?
Dangerous is one of my favorite Michael Jackson albums. Mostly because I have some good memories associated with it:
- Owning the single (on cassette) of “Black or White” when I was a kid, and having impromptu singing and dancing parties with my sister. The B-side had an instrumental version that we would sing to because we were totally going to enter in the county fair’s talent show.
- Having impromptu jam sessions with my friends Nikki and Steph with that same cassette tape.
- Maybe most importantly, I remember buying the CD version of this album (finally) the summer that Michael Jackson died, at the same time College Boyfriend and I broke up. It was so liberating to blast MJ with the windows rolled down and hear others doing the same. Never could I have done that around College Boyfriend (for the record, Mark will let me do that … sucker).
However, this album gave birth to what I consider one of the creepiest MJ moments: This video for “Keep it in the Closet”. It was released during a time where MJ’s sexuality was under scrutiny, and I’m sure that’s how this song and video came about. I remember catching a glimpse of this on TV before my mom shut it off. I think it even premiered late at night because it was so racy.
How awkward. Still, it’s a good song.
What’s your guilty pleasure? Have you ever busted out dancing to it in the middle of the gym, the mall, or at work? (I know I have)
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