THE JACKSONS - Tracks Poll. Deadline Now End Of Friday 17th Feb!

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Okay so Michael Jackson was probably the first pop star I truly loved. Definitely one of the first I ever bought anything by - I think I somehow bought a 12" of the Grease soundtrack from a car boot sale when I was 8 or 9, but don't know whether that was before or after buying the Bad CD and the Off The Wall tape in quick succession. I was a member of the fan club. Had shittily produced videos from cheap companies showing fuzzy interviews. The whole thing. Maybe loving him from such an early age has had a big effect on it, but when the child abuse allegations started I just couldn't quite believe them; their seemed to be such a huge void between the absolute joy and humanity in the records and the voice, and the accusations leveled against him. I'm not saying the guy wasn't completely fucked up from a young age and probably borderline insane, and even if that doesn't quite excuse his totally weird sleepovers (and i'm not using that a euphemism, i guess he probably just did have very ill advised sleepovers), I guess even if it was all true I would I feel more sorry for him than angry. There's just too much musical connection between him and me. 'Growing up' a bit and becoming a rockist indie fool for many years meant I ignored most of his music for a long time, but returning recently to it via Off The Wall which totally pulled me back in again. There is so much amazingness. And watching the unexpectedly good This Is It rehearsal film showed there was still a lot of potential for more magic there in the last years.

Lets not forget the tons of shit though. Long, boring, overly sentimental shit filling up otherwise great or good albums. But even in the later albums some brilliant pop music, and even amongst the schmaltz some worth or great performance. And too many moments of absolute genius. Which is what we'll try to pick out.

There are other Jacksons too apparently. They did music. We can talk about them too. Vote for them even.

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No need for nominations, just pick your favourite tracks performed or written by ANY of the Jackson family. Janet, Jermaine, 3T, anything you like.

Choose your top twenty tracks and they'll score as follows:
1:40, 2:36, 3:33, 4:30, 5:28, 6:26, 7:25, 8:24, 9:23, 10:22, 11:21, 12:20, 13:19, 14:18, 15:17, 16:16, 17:15, 18:14, 19:13, 20:12.

Please send your ballot to: runoutgroove (AT) hotmail.com (except obviously without the spaces and using the @ symbol) by midnight gmt Friday 10th Feb (that gives us two weeks).

In the meantime, use this thread for bigging up tracks you want people to vote for and asking any questions...

Jamie_ATP, Monday, 30 January 2012 18:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

The Jacksons - "Can You Feel It"

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 30 January 2012 18:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'll start with...

Jamie_ATP, Monday, 30 January 2012 18:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

Jermaine Jackson - "Let's Get Serious"

One of Stevie Wonder's best donations.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 30 January 2012 18:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

Jamie_ATP, Monday, 30 January 2012 18:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

Also this is so underrated

Jamie_ATP, Monday, 30 January 2012 18:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

Just Michael and Janet alone will be hard to fit into 20 spots...much less J5, Jermaine, etc...much wailing and gnashing of teeth to come.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 30 January 2012 18:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

I would have preferred limiting the poll to the boys; Janet's catalog is vast enough to deserve its own thread.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 30 January 2012 18:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

I can't even say how impossible this one's going to be.

dead-trius (Eric H.), Monday, 30 January 2012 18:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

I mean, if I have to leave of "Centipede," I'm going to kill myself.

dead-trius (Eric H.), Monday, 30 January 2012 18:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Centipede" is def on my ballot.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 30 January 2012 18:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

Can probably only justify giving Jermaine one slot, too, but which between "Ecuru," "Dynamite" and "Tell Me I'm Not Dreaming"?

dead-trius (Eric H.), Monday, 30 January 2012 18:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

this is too overwhelming to think about

the third kind of dubstep (Jordan), Monday, 30 January 2012 18:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

Let's Get Serious will be my Jermaine vote if there's only room for one.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 30 January 2012 18:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

Want to rule out songs not actually written by Jacksons to help whittle it down, but that's going to leave off way too many great ones.

dead-trius (Eric H.), Monday, 30 January 2012 19:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

Let's get this in early:

two lights crew (seandalai), Monday, 30 January 2012 19:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

so i'm voting for this:

xp

the third kind of dubstep (Jordan), Monday, 30 January 2012 19:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

real talk though, i genuinely like this latoya song off the same album:

never seen the video before, omg.

the third kind of dubstep (Jordan), Monday, 30 January 2012 19:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

Two suggestions from the Stairway to Stardom dancers.

dead-trius (Eric H.), Monday, 30 January 2012 19:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

Oh forgot to say its mandatory to watch this video, which handily ties together the Prince tracks poll i did last to this one, and also commemorates the James Brown tracks poll NEVER FORGET.

Watch it to the end.

Jamie_ATP, Monday, 30 January 2012 19:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

Put your weight into that lamppost, Prince.

dead-trius (Eric H.), Monday, 30 January 2012 19:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

janet is totally going to get overlooked in this, but this SHOULD win:

prolego, Monday, 30 January 2012 19:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

janet is totally going to get overlooked in this

Probably anywhere but ILM is my guess.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 30 January 2012 19:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

(depending on who chooses to vote, that is)

Johnny Fever, Monday, 30 January 2012 19:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

Pretty sure "If" will be #1 on my ballot.

dead-trius (Eric H.), Monday, 30 January 2012 19:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

Janet won't get overlooked. If anything the 1977-84 Jacksons era will get overlooked.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 30 January 2012 19:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Scream" will definitely be on mine, probably up high as well (two birds, one stone, great track).

Johnny Fever, Monday, 30 January 2012 19:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

Janet won't get overlooked. If anything the 1977-84 Jacksons era will get overlooked.

Not by me.

If anything, the 1991-1995 MJ era will get overlooked.

dead-trius (Eric H.), Monday, 30 January 2012 19:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

I've already reserved 4 or 5 slots for Destiny and Triumph alone.

dead-trius (Eric H.), Monday, 30 January 2012 19:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

However, "State of Shock" still defines "pneumatic."

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 30 January 2012 19:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

Never Can Say Goodbye should be on all y'alls ballots

frogs you are the dumbest asshole (frogbs), Monday, 30 January 2012 19:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

I hadn't planned on voting in this, but I might put together a short ballot.

Rotary Boy of the Month (WmC), Monday, 30 January 2012 20:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

Voting only Janet songs.

Poon Aggroved (Spottie_Ottie_Dope), Monday, 30 January 2012 20:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

have to resist that temptation

gospodin simmel, Monday, 30 January 2012 20:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

I suppose it's eligible, but I just want to double check re: Rockwell's "Somebody's Watching Me". Votes for it will be counted, yes?

Johnny Fever, Monday, 30 January 2012 21:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

and votes will be counted against you

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 30 January 2012 21:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

Oh shit this is gonna kick so much ass.

billstevejim, Monday, 30 January 2012 21:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

:(

xp

Johnny Fever, Monday, 30 January 2012 21:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Somebody's Watching Me" joins "If You Leave" in the Eighties Classics I Loathe category.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 30 January 2012 21:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

re: "Somebody's Watching Me"

GO AHEAD! THROW YOUR VOTE AWAY!

billstevejim, Monday, 30 January 2012 21:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

I don't loathe that song but in relation to all Jacksons music, it wouldn't place in my top 100 let alone 20.

billstevejim, Monday, 30 January 2012 22:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

whereas "Morphine" and "Stranger in Moscow" might.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 30 January 2012 22:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

Stranger in Moscow, possibly..

billstevejim, Monday, 30 January 2012 22:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

j/k, Johnny btw

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 30 January 2012 22:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

Nah, it's okay. I may not even have room for it, but was just checking in case.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 30 January 2012 22:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

always liked this a lot

Jamie_ATP, Monday, 30 January 2012 23:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

also gotta post

Jamie_ATP, Monday, 30 January 2012 23:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

always liked this a lot

MJ's demos are a wonder to behold. They also beg the question, what the fuck was there even left for Quincy Jones to do?

Let A Man Come In And Do The Cop Porn (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, 31 January 2012 03:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

Would it be wrong if I want to put "Centipede" as my #1? I know that talent-wise Rebbie Jackson doesn't have much compared to Michael (who I think wrote "Centipede"?) or Janet, but man oh man is that brilliant tune, with totally left-of-the-field lyrics and beats for a pop single.

Tuomas, Tuesday, 31 January 2012 19:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

MJ wrote and produced "Centipede," and, yes, it's mental.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 31 January 2012 19:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

Even the video is totally OTT in an awesome way:

http://youtu.be/a8SdzwoIcwo

Cobra shooting lightning from its eyes, wtf?

Considering that MJ probably had pretty weird conception of sexuality, I wonder if he actually thought that people would find the metaphors in the lyrics hot? Also, wouldn't it have been pretty weird to hear your big sister sing about "the centipede"?

Tuomas, Tuesday, 31 January 2012 20:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 31 January 2012 22:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

Waching early Simpsons animation can be such a shock now.

dead-trius (Eric H.), Tuesday, 31 January 2012 22:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

don't forget Someone To Call My Lover & What's It Gonna Be

billstevejim, Wednesday, 1 February 2012 01:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

billstevejim, Wednesday, 1 February 2012 01:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'll probably end up with 10-15 songs once I eliminate stuff I'm sick of--this will be on there somewhere:

clemenza, Wednesday, 1 February 2012 03:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

^ brilliant though that is, Michael didn't sing it.

Let A Man Come In And Do The Cop Porn (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Wednesday, 1 February 2012 03:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

Honestly? I didn't know that--always thought it was him.

clemenza, Wednesday, 1 February 2012 03:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

Kipp Lennon. Another cherished illusion shattered.

clemenza, Wednesday, 1 February 2012 03:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yep, Michael did the speaking parts in that episode, but a soundalike was brought in for the singing:

According to Jean, Jackson would not commit to the episode until after a read-through of the script was done.[8] The read was held at Jackson's manager Sandy Gallin's house, and Dan Castellaneta (who provides the voice for Homer) was 30 minutes late. Jean recalls that "no one said a word, we just sat there waiting".[9] Following the read, Jackson stipulated his conditions: he would record his speaking parts but not receive credit, and his singing voice would be performed by a sound-alike.[8][10] Leon Kompowsky's singing parts were performed by Kipp Lennon,[6] because Jackson wanted to play a joke on his brothers and fool them into thinking the impersonator was him.[10] Lennon recorded his lines at the same time as Jackson, who found the impersonations humorous.[6] Jackson showed up for the recording session alone and did not use the special trailer that was set up for him.[6] According to Jean, Jackson did record versions of the singing parts, and while there have been rumors that those parts were the ones used in the final episode, The Simpsons music editor Chris Ledesma has stated the Lennon versions were used.[7]

Let A Man Come In And Do The Cop Porn (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Wednesday, 1 February 2012 03:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

("Jean" = Simpsons writer Al Jean)

Let A Man Come In And Do The Cop Porn (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Wednesday, 1 February 2012 03:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

MJ did write "happy b-day lisa" though, so it still qualifies for poll purposes...

Aglet, Wednesday, 1 February 2012 03:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

Leon Kompowsky's singing parts were performed by Kipp Lennon,[6] because Jackson wanted to play a joke on his brothers and fool them into thinking the impersonator was him.[10]

I always thought the use of impersonator was because MJ's contract with Epic/Columbia barred him from recording a song to another company, whereas just doing a speaking role wouldn't have been regulated by the contract. The idea that it was done to fool his brothers sounds pretty weird.

Tuomas, Wednesday, 1 February 2012 07:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

The article for Do the Bartman has this bit:

The album The Simpsons Sing the Blues was released in September 1990. The first single from it was the pop rap song "Do the Bartman", performed by Bart Simpson's voice actor Nancy Cartwright and released on November 20, 1990.[1] Rumors began spreading in the summer of 1990 that Michael Jackson would write a song for Bart on the album. This song was reported early on to be "Do the Bartman", but executive producer James L. Brooks issued a press release in September 1990 apologizing for the misunderstanding and stating that song was actually written by one of Jackson's friends, Bryan Loren.[2]

However, The Simpsons creator Matt Groening revealed during an appearance at the 1998 World Animation Celebration convention in Pasadena, California that "Do the Bartman" was actually co-written and co-produced by Jackson,[1][3] but he could not receive credit for it because he was under contract to another record label.[4]

I'd assume those same contractual reasons would have stopped Jackson from recording "Happy Birthday, Lisa" and, having learned from the "Bartman" brouhaha, he decided to get an impersonator to sing the song.

Tuomas, Wednesday, 1 February 2012 08:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

would def buy an album of mj demos like beat it above

dave cool it (stevie), Wednesday, 1 February 2012 08:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

bump

lana del rey: everythang's workin' (some dude), Thursday, 2 February 2012 03:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

I always thought the use of impersonator was because MJ's contract with Epic/Columbia barred him from recording a song to another company, whereas just doing a speaking role wouldn't have been regulated by the contract. The idea that it was done to fool his brothers sounds pretty weird.

On a DVD commentary (for another episode, not Stark Raving Dad), Al Jean says that indeed Jackson was not allowed to sing on the episode for contractual reasons.

Let A Man Come In And Do The Cop Porn (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 2 February 2012 03:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

People, you are not putting "Lisa, It's Your Birthday" on your ballot.

dead-trius (Eric H.), Thursday, 2 February 2012 03:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

that sounds like a challenge

lana del rey: everythang's workin' (some dude), Thursday, 2 February 2012 03:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

sooo nice...

billstevejim, Thursday, 2 February 2012 03:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

the still frame of that lyrics video being

i-yi i-yi i-yi i-yi
i-yi i-yi i-yi
i-yi yi yi

i-yi i-yi i-yi i-yi
i-yi i-yi i-yi
i-yi yi yi

is seriously cracking me up

lana del rey: everythang's workin' (some dude), Thursday, 2 February 2012 04:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

Okay less than a week left to vote, not many ballots in so far - thought this one would inspire more chat!

Jamie_ATP, Monday, 6 February 2012 08:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

I think "Miss You Much" is my favorite Janet single

crüt, Monday, 6 February 2012 09:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

Miss You Much is aaaaaaace.

I actually really like Janet's first two albums - they certainly don't compare to anything from Control onwards, but still really fun.

Jamie_ATP, Monday, 6 February 2012 09:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

definitely going towards the top of my ballot:

crüt, Monday, 6 February 2012 09:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

state of shock owns btw

crüt, Monday, 6 February 2012 09:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

easily the best "rock song" michael jackson ever wrote/co-wrote

crüt, Monday, 6 February 2012 09:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

I voted

Ismael Klata, Monday, 6 February 2012 21:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

this will be in my top 5

Jamie_ATP, Tuesday, 7 February 2012 14:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

Always been a fan of this one.

Playoff Starts Here (san lazaro), Tuesday, 7 February 2012 19:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

I just sent my ballot. I added this song since it's talks about how screwed up Janet's relationship with "Father." Nothing like daddy issues on top of a new jack swing beat.

Tired of these edcuated basic bitches. (lilsoulbrother), Wednesday, 8 February 2012 06:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

is this eligible?

the greates (crüt), Wednesday, 8 February 2012 09:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

still only a small amount of ballots in - deadline is friday!

Jamie_ATP, Wednesday, 8 February 2012 14:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

I want to do this but theres no way I can get in by friday. If I get backed into a corner tho I may just submit Velvet Rope front to back.

dr dre throwing dubstep balloons (Spottie_Ottie_Dope), Wednesday, 8 February 2012 15:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

An 'I Voted' Bump.

fun loving and xtremely tolrant (Billy Dods), Wednesday, 8 February 2012 19:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

Ooh, gonna have to submit for this one. If I'm being honest with myself it's going to be dominated by MJ/J5 stuff. There'll be a few Janet tracks, tho, and I gotta rep for "Anytime, Any Place" - the original version, not R. Kelly's remix.

wolf cola, everyone (thewufs), Wednesday, 8 February 2012 21:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

I would think the people who love r&b/pop on this board would be all over this ballot considering that the Jacksons basically set up the template for every solo male/female artist and boy band out now.

Tired of these edcuated basic bitches. (lilsoulbrother), Thursday, 9 February 2012 19:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, and it's pretty easy to vote too. I don't own any albums by any Jackson (except for one Janet remix album) but I have/have heard so many of the singles they've released that coming up with a top 20 was no problem (and I still had to leave out 20 other tunes I love).

Tuomas, Friday, 10 February 2012 07:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

Gonna give this one another week to give the slackers a bit more time to send in a ballot.

Jamie_ATP, Friday, 10 February 2012 09:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

Thanks. Will try and sort my ballot out over the weekend. May even do some repping itt.

Jeff W, Friday, 10 February 2012 10:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

glad i rushed one through last night now.

second only to popcorn (or something), Friday, 10 February 2012 12:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

At the moment it's not got as many ballots as the Manic Street Preachers one, which is pretty weird.

Jamie_ATP, Friday, 10 February 2012 12:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

Poll fatigue?

Tuomas, Friday, 10 February 2012 12:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

Oops, had forgotten the deadline was today - will do my ballot now while I'm on lunch...

Gavin, Leeds, Friday, 10 February 2012 12:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

I mean I could take another week but I'll just end up umming ahd ahhing.

Gavin, Leeds, Friday, 10 February 2012 12:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

and

Gavin, Leeds, Friday, 10 February 2012 12:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

ballot sent!

Off The Wall, Rhythm Nation and Dangerous got the most love

gospodin simmel, Friday, 10 February 2012 13:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

will vote next week as I'll be on mid-term break, been too busy to get to it before now. thanks for the extension!

Volvo Twilight (p-dog), Friday, 10 February 2012 20:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

Things that will appear high on my ballot:

<iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/vm4Yo-7aMv4"; frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
(amazing vocal on this)

<iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/7xRcmIDj2cc"; frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
(beats central)

Jeff W, Sunday, 12 February 2012 14:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

Gah, forgot it's BBcode. Will this work?

http://youtu.be/vm4Yo-7aMv4

http://youtu.be/7xRcmIDj2cc

Jeff W, Sunday, 12 February 2012 14:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

http://www.youtube.com/watch?gl=GB&v=7xRcmIDj2cc

Jeff W, Sunday, 12 February 2012 14:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

Forget it.

Jeff W, Sunday, 12 February 2012 14:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

Can You Feel It = best song and best video.

Nate Carson, Monday, 13 February 2012 09:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

oh man, was thinking on saturday how bummed i was that i never found the time to send in a ballot, happy to hear about the extension (maybe you should get the thread title/OP updated w/ new deadline so people know?)

some dude, Monday, 13 February 2012 14:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

I voted / Bump

Jeff W, Tuesday, 14 February 2012 18:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

goooood. gooooooooooood. the more I think about it, the more likely i am to put Human Nature as my number one.

Jamie_ATP, Tuesday, 14 February 2012 18:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

One of my favorite Jacksons tracks, seriously:

http://youtu.be/pXzquw4bi5o

wolf cola, everyone (thewufs), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 18:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

Let's try this again:

http://youtu.be/pXzquw4bi5o

wolf cola, everyone (thewufs), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 18:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

One more time:

wolf cola, everyone (thewufs), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 18:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

And MJ's best outtake (beats the entire second half of Off the Wall, excepting maybe "I Can't Help It"):

wolf cola, everyone (thewufs), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 18:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

torture is so incredible

Whiney vs. (BradNelson), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 18:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

And the song ain't so bad either.

wolf cola, everyone (thewufs), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 18:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

definitely closing things off at the end of this friday, then results after the weekend

Jamie_ATP, Wednesday, 15 February 2012 18:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

16 ballots in at the moment.

Jamie_ATP, Thursday, 16 February 2012 10:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

16! Poor show, 2 less than the Manics. Hopefully there's a last minute deluge of ballots.

fun loving and xtremely tolrant (Billy Dods), Thursday, 16 February 2012 10:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

Jamie - worth asking a Moderator here to amend the thread title and first post so that the (new) deadline is prominently displayed.

Jeff W, Thursday, 16 February 2012 11:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

yep done, sorry should have done that before.

Jamie_ATP, Thursday, 16 February 2012 12:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

If this doesn't get at least 30 ballots by the end, it's time to fold up shop.

dead-trius (Eric H.), Thursday, 16 February 2012 13:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

Jamie_ATP, Thursday, 16 February 2012 14:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

did you get my ballot, Jamie? I never got a confirmation email, & waiting is torture.

Euler, Thursday, 16 February 2012 14:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

sorry i've been slow processing them and replying to people, yes i got it

Jamie_ATP, Thursday, 16 February 2012 15:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

god you know making a ballot is hard when you find yourself cutting songs you've loved virtually your entire life

CANDY aka JUNK (some dude), Thursday, 16 February 2012 16:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

^OTFM

wolf cola, everyone (thewufs), Thursday, 16 February 2012 16:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

indeed, i wanted to vote for a few more left field choices but just couldn't take out the obvious singles

Jamie_ATP, Thursday, 16 February 2012 19:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

only 16?? :(

billstevejim, Thursday, 16 February 2012 22:20 (2 years ago) Permalink


prolego, Thursday, 16 February 2012 23:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

i'm going to try to vote in this

horseshoe, Friday, 17 February 2012 03:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

I voted!

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 17 February 2012 03:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

feel like my ballot is going to be v boring and obvious because 20 tracks for jackson 5 + janet is impossible, leaving aside mj solo

horseshoe, Friday, 17 February 2012 03:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

here is my janet jackson challop: "rhythm nation" and "if" are essentially the same song, except "rhythm nation" is better.

horseshoe, Friday, 17 February 2012 03:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

I ignored the Jackson 5 utterly, which made my task a little easier.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 17 February 2012 03:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

but I selected several songs by The Jacksons. Go figure.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 17 February 2012 03:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

no "i want you back" no cred >:[

horseshoe, Friday, 17 February 2012 03:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

xxxp If gives you the Gap Band, Rhythm Nation gives you Sly Stone. you win either way.

gospodin simmel, Friday, 17 February 2012 10:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

I ignored the Jackson 5 utterly

what the... but how... but...

plee help i am lookin for (crüt), Friday, 17 February 2012 10:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

I didn't get a confirmation email, should I have done? If not I can just re-send my ballot.

Gavin, Leeds, Friday, 17 February 2012 12:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

I ignored the Jackson 5 utterly

Yeah, me too. I just generally don't like any tunes with children singing on them, and young MJ is no exception. Voted for several The Jacksons tunes though.

Tuomas, Friday, 17 February 2012 13:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

No i'm just slow in replying. don't worry.

Jamie_ATP, Friday, 17 February 2012 13:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

I ignored the Jackson 5 utterly

Yeah, me too. I just generally don't like any tunes with children singing on them, and young MJ is no exception

Hah. My ballot restores the balance a bit. Nothing on it post-'79 I think!

Jeff W, Friday, 17 February 2012 13:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

Tuomas, not even Dancing Machine?

plee help i am lookin for (crüt), Friday, 17 February 2012 13:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

I wasn't going to vote, since I'm not a fan of much solo Jackson stuff, but I can't deal with the thought of ignoring the J5 altogether. Sending a short ballot.

Steamtable Willie (WmC), Friday, 17 February 2012 14:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

I adore the Jackson 5 but if I have to include them along with The Jacksons, Janet and Michael on my list it would proved too brain-breaking a task.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 17 February 2012 14:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

LOL, I wonder how many ballots are exclusively pre- or post-puberty.

dead-trius (Eric H.), Friday, 17 February 2012 14:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

man only 1 Janet song survived in my top 20. I think she's all right, but she's definitely not my thing as much as the Jackson 5 or pre-Dangerous solo MJ.

plee help i am lookin for (crüt), Friday, 17 February 2012 14:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

janet suffered more in my ballot trimming than i expected, felt bad but i also gave her my #1

CANDY aka JUNK (some dude), Friday, 17 February 2012 14:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

In my ballot she's the essential distraction b/w Thriller and Bad, and she just soars after 1990.

Speaking of, I hope one of you voted for "Diamonds."

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 17 February 2012 14:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

Pretty sure my ballot was half Janet.

dead-trius (Eric H.), Friday, 17 February 2012 14:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

Mine too.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 17 February 2012 14:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

And nothing pre-1977 except for "I Wanna Be Where You Are."

dead-trius (Eric H.), Friday, 17 February 2012 14:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

A Janet song also had my biggest fall from grace, I guess. If this poll had been done 10 years ago, "Together Again" might have been my number 2 or 3. Now it wasn't even on my shortlist of 40 or so.

dead-trius (Eric H.), Friday, 17 February 2012 14:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

haha please tell me Alfred is the only person here with a Bad-heavy ballot

CANDY aka JUNK (some dude), Friday, 17 February 2012 14:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

Sorry I didn't vote during the og run, thought this was just the Jacksons. But I voted for 20 Janet songs and boy was that hard. Already I am thinking of things I missed by her. OMG i love her so much (well 80s and 90s janet - maybe i should give the past couple records another try.)

for your consideration:

a hoy hoy, Friday, 17 February 2012 14:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

okay cool we're on 23 ballots now so enough to make it work

Jamie_ATP, Friday, 17 February 2012 14:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'm gonna hammer out a ballot at work today, so it will probably arrive really close to the deadline.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 17 February 2012 14:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah i feel like 20 is kinda the invisible line it's most important to cross. i definitely breathed easier when the Timbaland poll got over that number.

CANDY aka JUNK (some dude), Friday, 17 February 2012 15:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

I think this'll be the least predictable reveal since these artist polls started.

Steamtable Willie (WmC), Friday, 17 February 2012 15:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

Nooh.

Mark G, Friday, 17 February 2012 15:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

haha please tell me Alfred is the only person here with a Bad-heavy ballot

Not a one! I thought my distaste for Bad was well known.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 17 February 2012 15:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

"The Way You Make Me Feel" better be on everyone else's ballots.

dead-trius (Eric H.), Friday, 17 February 2012 15:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

'You Rock My World', is what he means

Ismael Klata, Friday, 17 February 2012 15:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

He meant "Morphine."

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 17 February 2012 15:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

Leave me alone.

dead-trius (Eric H.), Friday, 17 February 2012 15:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

haha please tell me Alfred is the only person here with a Bad-heavy ballot

Not a one! I thought my distaste for Bad was well known.

― Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, February 17, 2012 10:18 AM (18 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I don't know what "In my ballot [Janet]'s the essential distraction b/w Thriller and Bad" means, then, I thought you were saying that the bulk of your ballot was Thriller and Bad songs with Janet songs cutting into that

CANDY aka JUNK (some dude), Friday, 17 February 2012 15:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

A Janet song also had my biggest fall from grace, I guess. If this poll had been done 10 years ago, "Together Again" might have been my number 2 or 3. Now it wasn't even on my shortlist of 40 or so.

"Together Again" was my #3, I loved it when it came out and still do - such a positive vibe and hip-shaking beat. Why did it fall from your grace?

Tuomas, Friday, 17 February 2012 16:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

I wasn't clear: I meant to say that at the time Janet provided welcome distraction while I wanted for a Thriller followup.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 17 February 2012 16:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

oh ok

CANDY aka JUNK (some dude), Friday, 17 February 2012 16:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

*waited. I gotta stop eating sunflower seeds.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 17 February 2012 16:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

Why did it fall from your grace?

The production somehow went from sounding cute and stripped down to cheap and tacky. Sentiment is still nice, tho.

dead-trius (Eric H.), Friday, 17 February 2012 16:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

maybe i'll do just a janet ballot

horseshoe, Friday, 17 February 2012 16:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

it worked for me :D

ps make sure it has 'when i think of you' on it. if it doesnt place then the world is a cruel and horrible place.

a hoy hoy, Friday, 17 February 2012 16:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

that. is. my. jam.

CANDY aka JUNK (some dude), Friday, 17 February 2012 16:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

or i might just pick 20 songs at random because this is too hard

horseshoe, Friday, 17 February 2012 17:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

okay, voted. jackson 5 really suffered. also it's not so much what i think are the best jacksons songs as these are the ones i listen to most these days.

horseshoe, Friday, 17 February 2012 18:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

if you have not submitted your ballot yet consider this ultimate funk jam

Whiney vs. (BradNelson), Friday, 17 February 2012 19:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

recently realized that my feelings about Michael Jackson closely mirror my feelings about Star Wars

max buzzword (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 17 February 2012 19:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

His father is a better character?

dead-trius (Eric H.), Friday, 17 February 2012 19:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

lol no - childhood obsession that over time became grotesque to the point of intolerability, venerated idol transformed into omnipresent, loathsome caricature

max buzzword (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 17 February 2012 19:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

to the point where I feel like I never want to see/hear anything MJ or Star Wars related for the rest of my life

max buzzword (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 17 February 2012 19:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

His name is Michael Jackson and he's a person!

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 17 February 2012 19:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

My ballot's cut to 20...just have to order them all now.

Five Michaels, five Janets, and one with them together. The rest are spread among J5/Jacksons/Rebbie/Jermaine.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 17 February 2012 19:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

My ballot was 8.5 Michael, 8 Janet, 2 The Jacksons, 1 Rebbie and 0.5 Jermaine

dead-trius (Eric H.), Friday, 17 February 2012 20:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

Should've tried harder to include more J5/Jacksons, but those two solo careers are untouchable.

dead-trius (Eric H.), Friday, 17 February 2012 20:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

12 Michael, 6 Janet, 3 J5/Jacksons

CANDY aka JUNK (some dude), Friday, 17 February 2012 20:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

Couldn't help going mostly Michael on this one - even within his relatively small catalogue, there are just too many songs I love, and I'm always finding new ways to hear them. I'm sure growing up with this music had more than a little to do with that. And doing my best to ignore most of the later videos/media appearances and the increasing ugly details of his personal life that emerged certainly helped.

My ballot broke down 12.5 Michael, 4 Jacksons/J5, 3.5 Janet. Anybody who hasn't voted yet, plz consider:

wolf cola, everyone (thewufs), Friday, 17 February 2012 20:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

Three Jackson 5, three Michael, three Janet, one Kipp Lennon.

clemenza, Friday, 17 February 2012 23:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

Michael 9
Janet 7
Jackson 5 2
Jacksons 2

gospodin simmel, Saturday, 18 February 2012 02:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

My not-so-coherent ballot had:

Jackson 5/Jacksons 10
Michael 4
Janet 3
Jermaine 2
Rebbie 1

seandalai, Saturday, 18 February 2012 02:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

Damn, "Rhythm Nation" is the shit. Why the hell did I vote for "Miss You Much" instead?

wolf cola, everyone (thewufs), Saturday, 18 February 2012 02:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

lol was just coming to say WHY THE FUCK DID I NOT VOTE FOR RHYTHM NATION I LISTENED TO IT 30 TIMES LAST NIGHT

a hoy hoy, Saturday, 18 February 2012 14:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

it was on my ballot but i think it should have been higher

horseshoe, Saturday, 18 February 2012 14:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

SING IT UP

horseshoe, Saturday, 18 February 2012 14:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

9 Michael
8 Jackson 5
2 Jacksons
1 Janet
1 Mick Jagger

plee help i am lookin for (crüt), Saturday, 18 February 2012 14:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

Actually, listening to Janet's "Number Ones" right now and probably would have included more Janet songs had I actually reviewed things more before voting. "What Have You Done for Me Lately" another giant omission from my ballot. I'm guessing a few all-Janet ballots will right the balance, though. Would LOVE to have done a 40 song ballot for this one.

wolf cola, everyone (thewufs), Saturday, 18 February 2012 19:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

Hah Mick Jagger - "Looka me, looka me...look at me...look...at...me...(squeal)."

wolf cola, everyone (thewufs), Saturday, 18 February 2012 19:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

My #1, a Janet track, was met with some eyerolls and one "what the hell?" when I went over my ballot with my coworkers. I made sure they knew part of the ordering was strategic, but I had no idea putting ___________ at #1 would be so controversial.

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 18 February 2012 19:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

was it 'wardrobe malfunction;?

a hoy hoy, Saturday, 18 February 2012 21:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

Looks like my ballot was:

9 Michael
5 Janet
4 The Jacksons
1 Rebbie
1 La Toya

Tuomas, Saturday, 18 February 2012 21:35 (2 years ago) Permalink


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