I remember someone at my school bringing in their vinyl copy of ‘Off The Wall’… at that time people were either into Michael Jackson or Prince, and ‘Purple Rain’ had just come out so I was firmly a Prince fan. But I still remember the excitement in the room when that record was brought in, eventhough it had been released several years earlier.
His videos were always a big deal and I remember being in awe when ‘Bad’ came out. But it wasn’t really until Prince had faded in the 90s that I began to slowly “rediscover” Michael Jackson… and man, the ‘Thriller’ album got some serious play when I finally bought it.
Although he was never going to be able to recreate the electricity of his stage performances of the 80s, his music will always be able to heat up a dancefloor. In a sense, we have lost nothing that wasn’t already lost… whilst his music has more life now than it ever had.
the death of michael jackson has made me very sad too. he’s the biggest and most important musician and dancer of our generation(s) and is completely unique and irreplaceable. there’s so much crap about him in the media, but let’s just remember those 2 albums with quincy jones.