I quickly chose to go with a Michael Jackson tune, and then had to decide which one. While Thriller is a pop/R&B juggernaut, I consider Off the Wall a much better funk/dance album. And opening track ‘Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough’ is the funkiest, danciest track of them all.
In the meantime, enjoy this impressive one-woman take on the recently-dispatched Michael Jackson’s ‘The Way You Make Me Feel.’ Kawehi is a Kansas-based musician who achieved internet fame when a cover of Nirvana’s ‘Heart-Shaped Box’ went viral a few years back. Continue reading
Jackson made his way here by defeating Belle & Sebastian with 86% of the vote and then easily winning the Motown Showdown with Stevie Wonder, 77-23. Costello bested Carly Rae Jepsen with 67% in Round One and John Mayer with 83% in Round Two. This will be his toughest competition yet. Continue reading
Wonder defeated Talking Heads in Round One, pulling in a sizable 71% of the vote. Michael Jackson fared even better, defeating Belle & Sebastian with 86%. Poor Belle & Sebastian… a top five band for me, but destined to ride the pine in the broader contest. Continue reading
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.
And I’m pretty sure Jackson never had a run-in with the sort of predatory groupie he describes in ‘Dirty Diana.’ I’m sure women threw themselves at him — he was the biggest star in the world, after all — but I doubt he was even mildly tempted.
I never got to know this album very well, unlike its 1982 follow-up, Thriller. Thriller is an album that, even at 10 years old, I knew by heart. But Off the Wall might be an even better record start to finish.