Friday, June 26, 2009

Four underplayed videos about Michael Jackson

Since today is all about Michael Jackson are some videos not by, but about, Michael Jackson that don't have a lot of YouTube views, but should.

1. Pulp's Jarvis Cocker interrupts Jackson's Earth Song at the 1996 Brit Awards. Cocker said he couldn't stand seeing the self-important Jackson, so he got up onstage and flapped his bum at the audience. Ha!

2. One of my favorite American punk bands ever: the Minutemen. This song, called "Political Song For Michael Jackson to Sing" appears on the band's best album, Double Nickels on the Dime, and is - according to one talkbacker:

"...about balance and conflict between the desire to make music with a message and the desire to make music with artistic value. The "mortar shells" are the urgency of the political situation, but the "guitar solos" are the fragile artistic aspects."

Whatever it is, it's avant garde, so make up your own meaning!

Sample lyrics:
"Being born is power scout leader Nazi tagged as big sin your risk chains me hostage me, I'm fighting with my head, am not ambiguous i must look like a dork me, naked with textbook poems spout fountain against the Nazis with weird kinds of sex symbols in speeches that are big dance thumps if we heard mortar shells we'd cuss more in our songs and cut down the guitar solos..."

3. Even Jackson's own family has found him bizarre from time to time, as evidenced by his brother Jermaine's song, "Word to the Badd."

This version has the original lyrics to the song, which don't appear on the one that was eventually released. Sample:

Been abducted
Don't know who you are
They may love you
They don't know you
Lonely superstar

Never think about who you love
only think about number one
You forget about where you started from
You only think about what you want
don't care about how it's done
you only think about you

Once you were made
You changed your shade
Was your color wrong?
Could not turn back
It's a known fact
You were too far gone

4. OK, this one isn't underplayed at four million hits and counting, but it's a classic: Eddie Murphy's great Michael Jackson impression from Delirious:

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