Song of the Day #3,247: ‘Off the Wall’ – Michael Jackson vs. Belle & Sebastian

Here’s a Montauk Madness first round matchup that has me hoping my blog audience skews more toward my sensibility than popular consensus. I assume R&B and pop legend Michael Jackson would take down Scottish indie act Belle & Sebastian in a poll of any significant size, by way of name recognition if nothing else.

But as much as I love the King of Pop, especially in his Off the Wall and Thriller days, I can’t give him the nod over one of my very favorite bands.

Will my readers follow suit, or will Belle & Sebastian lose a chance to make their case in Round Two?

[Verse 1]
When the world is on your shoulder
Gotta straighten up your act and boogie down
If you can’t hang with the feeling
Then there ain’t no room for you this part of town
Cause we’re the party people night and day
Living crazy that’s the only way

[Hook]
So tonight, gotta leave that nine to five upon the shelf
And just enjoy yourself
Groove, let the madness in the music get to you
Life ain’t so bad at all
If you live it off the wall
Life ain’t so bad at all (live life off the wall)
Live your life off the wall (live it off the wall)

[Verse 2]
You can shout out all you want to
Cause there ain’t no sin in folks all getting loud
If you take the chance and do it
Then there ain’t no one who’s gonna put you down
Cause we’re the party people night and day
Living crazy that’s the only way

[Hook]

[Bridge]
Do what you want to do
There ain’t no rules it’s up to you (ain’t no rules it’s all up to you)
It’s time to come alive
And party on right through the night (all right)

[Verse 3]
Gotta hide your inhibitions
Gotta let that fool loose deep inside your soul
Want to see an exhibition
Better do it now before you get too old
Cause we’re the party people night and day
Living crazy that’s the only way

[Hook]
So tonight, gotta leave that nine to five upon the shelf
And just enjoy yourself
Groove, let the madness in the music get to you
Life ain’t so bad at all
If you live it off the wall
Life ain’t so bad at all (live life off the wall)
Live your life off the wall
So tonight, gotta leave that nine to five upon the shelf
And just enjoy yourself
Groove, let the madness in the music get to you
Life ain’t so bad at all
If you live it off the wall

Tonight, gotta leave that nine to five upon the shelf
And just enjoy yourself
Groove, let the madness in the music get to you
Life ain’t so bad at all

[Outro]
Tonight, gotta leave that nine to five upon the shelf
And just enjoy yourself
Groove, let the madness in the music get to you
Life ain’t so bad at all

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5 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,247: ‘Off the Wall’ – Michael Jackson vs. Belle & Sebastian

  1. Dana says:

    Sorry, I can’t help you out on this one. I appreciate the Belle &a Sebastian I have heard and thank you for exposing me to them. However, Jackson was a legend. I may not play MJ’s music frequently, but his work on Off the Wall and Thriller secures my vote. The other night, Daniel’s band performed “Human Nature” with his girlfriend, Andrea, taking lead vocals. She and they did an excellent job on what is probably my favorite Jackson song. It was a timely reminder of Jackson’s influence as the King of Pop.

  2. Peg says:

    Not even close Jackson is my vote

  3. Amy says:

    Michael Jackson is a legend for a reason. It’s not as if we vote for him because he is a legend. We vote for the talent that earned him that status. Unless you narrow this to a poll of one, I don’t see any universe where MJ loses this round!

  4. The Cool Guy (Daniel) says:

    For essentially every single pairing off so far I’ve had to think a little bit and in the comments explain my rationalization process. Luckily I don’t have to do so with this one. Michael Jackson. Come on, Clay.

  5. Clay says:

    Clearly none of you are at all familiar with Belle & Sebastian.

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