MJ was laid to rest today with what I heard was the largest send-off for an entertainer ever. Countries all over the world broadcast the memorial service held in L.A. and millions mourned the loss of arguably the most talented entertainer in history. His mass popularity even effected our lowly podcast. We got over 100 million hits to hellofriendspodcast.com in just the past 4 days! That shows you just how much people miss this insane-dancing, soul-glowed-baby-tiger-hugging, entertainment machine. He (at least for two decades) was unstoppable. The tracklist below, bonus gems after the jump.
Jackson 5- Mama’s Pearl (from the 1970 album Third Album, peaked at #2 on the Pop Chart and #2 on the R&B Chart)
Jackson 5- It’s Great to Be Here (from the 1971 album Maybe Tomorrow, did not chart)
Jackson 5- Dancing Machine (from the 1974 album Dancing Machine, peaked at #2 on the Billboard Pop Chart and #1 on the R&B Chart)
Michael Jackson- I Wanna Be Where You Are (from the 1971 album Got to Be There, peaked at #16 on the Billboard Pop Chart and #2 on the R&B Chart)
Michael Jackson- Rock With You (from the 1979 album Off the Wall, peaked at #1 on the Billboard Pop Chart)
Michael Jackson- I Can’t Help It (from the 1979 album Off the Wall, did not chart)
Michael Jackson- Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough (Demo Version) (from the 1979 album Off the Wall, peaked at #1)
Michael Jackson- PYT (Pretty Young Thing) (from the 1982 album Thriller, peaked at #11 on the Billboard Pop chart)
Michael Jackson- Smooth Criminal (from the 1988 album Bad, peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100)
Michael Jackson- Black or White (from the 1991 album Dangerous, peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100)
Michael Jackson- Butterflies (from the 2001 album Invincible, peaked at #14 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the R&B Chart)
Jackson 5- I Want You Back (from the 1969 album Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5, peaked at #1 on the Pop Chart)
JACKSON 5 YEARS
Here is a little footage with Joe Jackson (Michael’s dad) narrating some film of a party at their house in 1973. Redd Foxx!!! Junior Walker!!! Eddie Kendricks!!!
The Jackson 5 on Soul Train in 1972. Is everyone lip-synching? It seems like Michael might be doing it for real. Either way, the dancing is amazing. Michael could move! Also, WTF is with the giant JERMAINE behind the stage?
Mike as a soft spoken teenager in 1975 on Soul Train. And he rats on Danny Bonaduce.
Most of the videos of Michael at this point are unembeddable. So go here for the official MJ Youtube channel and check them out.
Eesh, yeah, this is the weakest spot on Thriller for sure.
Another Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson track. I have never seen this video before.
After Thriller, Michael Jackson seemingly released every track on the album as a single and didn’t release another record for 5 years. In between he toured and made this commercial guest staring Carlton Banks.
A year later, Alfonso Ribeiro turned in his Pepsi/MJ cred to hawk his own breakdance program to kids. Oh, it’s gold…
In the early 90’s when Jackson declared himself The King of Pop his penchant for gaudy shit exploded all over the place. Even the cover to his 1991 album Dangerous.
And the video. It’s like he had to spend as much money as fast as possible or the bus would explode! Just watch it.
And here is a picture to send Michael off to the future or where ever it is that dead pop stars and other humans go. (I couldn’t find a pic of the Michael Muppet, sorry.)