The thing about the blogosphere is that because everyday there is a stampede of newbies, there are a billion places you can get your fix from. Therefore, the challenge of the clever bloggers is to A. find info first B. find obscure info and blow it up and C. find widespread info but use creativity and intelligence to make it enjoyable to read for the zillionth time. Obviously, with this post, I have my work cut out for me.
There’s nothing on the radio right now except for “Beat It”, “PYT” and “Thriller.” And when one artist becomes so ubiquitous, it makes you ponder what was it exactly about one person’s presence that allowed them to ascend Greek-God like proportions. I won’t give my long philosophy but I think basically, his successful fusion of Motown and pop turned soul music into a sci-fi epic, not just an individual musing between a man and lady.
Here are five MJ relics somewhat outside of the musical realm, testaments to his Reed Richards-like stretch:
Also, peep our coverage of the MJ auction. Not sure if it’s still going down but it was fun to cover.
Michael Jackson action figure: Currently these are flying off E-Bay’s cyber-shelves. They’re produced by LJN, the same folks who made the Thundercats figures. One says “oooooooo” the other says “hooooo”
Moonwalker Video Game: One of my personal favorite video games of all time. Basically you use magic dust to kill foes and act out Jacko’s videos such as the billiard scene from “Smooth Criminal” and the zombie scene from “Thriller.”
Jeff Koons Sculpture: Jeff Koons is maybe the most prolific pop-artist since Andy Warhol. This sculpture of Michael with Bubbles in currently on display at L.A.’s LACMA.
Captain EO 3D Shortfilm: This shortfilm was at Disneyland and featured Michael on a starship with a bunch of aliens. Disneyland yanked it, I believe, due to his legal issues. While the original is in 3D, you can watch it in 2D on youtube.
MJ VS. Rabbit Claymation: In the 80’s, this must have looked mind-blowing. It’s still pretty dope, considering that it takes 24 frames to create a second of life.