Michael Jackson: Classic or Dud?

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love the demo recording of "Human Nature" by Steve Porcaro. imagining Quincy Jones listening to it for the first time and getting the lightbulb over his head.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWdy5i_44sQ

example (crüt), Sunday, 12 March 2017 02:29 (one year ago) Permalink

the walkdown with the alternating major and minor 7ths is missing from the porcaro demo, which is kind of shocking, because for me & for people I've talked to about it that's the hallelujah moment, just so lush

though the tempest rages, (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Sunday, 12 March 2017 02:53 (one year ago) Permalink

Quincy Jones' whole crew were fusion guys, not just Toto but Louis Johnson, Ndugu Chancler, Greg Philliganes. That's one reason why Thriller plays like the pure-pop realization of Earth Wind & Fire's late 70s run. I doubt Maurice White ever got $800,000 and 10 months of studio time to make a record. He didn't have Bruce Swedien, either.

Futuristic Bow Wow (thewufs), Sunday, 12 March 2017 04:00 (one year ago) Permalink

That's not to take away anything from those great EWF records or suggest they're anything less than fully realized, btw.

Futuristic Bow Wow (thewufs), Sunday, 12 March 2017 04:01 (one year ago) Permalink

oh yeah but I totally hear you. EWF is one of my favorite bands of all time and their records are perfect, but Bruce Swedien breathes rare air. His work with Rufus, some of the best-sounding music anywhere ever. put that guy on an EWF record and something magic would happen, I don't doubt.

though the tempest rages, (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Sunday, 12 March 2017 04:05 (one year ago) Permalink

nobody has to like anything obv but the idea that anybody who likes...you know...music recorded in recording studios that isn't Estrus/In the Red style live-to-tape stuff...wouldn't find Thriller absolutely breathtaking strictly from an engineering standpoint...is pretty weird

Whatever Mr. I-Hate-The-Beach-Boys. I could say the same thing to you about Pet Sounds. We just prefer different emotionally crippled manchild schticks.

Οὖτις, Sunday, 12 March 2017 05:09 (one year ago) Permalink

I am a massive fan of both the Beach Boys and Michael Jackson, for whatever it's worth.

Futuristic Bow Wow (thewufs), Sunday, 12 March 2017 05:49 (one year ago) Permalink

And I don't begrudge anyone for their personal revulsion towards MJ given what we know or have reason to suspect about the man. But I also don't think it has fuck-all to do with the music itself. Lyrics are another matter, probably.

Futuristic Bow Wow (thewufs), Sunday, 12 March 2017 05:55 (one year ago) Permalink

some people dont like slick music, big deal. beach boys / pet sounds is total Estrus style in-the-red production, come on now

a but (brimstead), Sunday, 12 March 2017 19:56 (one year ago) Permalink

e just prefer different...schticks

I think I've explained several times that there's something timbrally going on in the BB harmonies that has always, since childhood, made me feel physically ill, so no, this isn't about giving a fuck about any "narratives." it's just about sound. (I also don't like the songs the Beach Boys write, lyrically or musically, so I struggle to listen to the production afforded to the songs I don't like, lyrics I don't like, and the weird dog's-ear thing that happens when they do the soaring-sliding thing and I always feel like I'm going to vomit)

though the tempest rages, (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Tuesday, 14 March 2017 03:56 (one year ago) Permalink

i appreciate the Beach Boys but i'm kinda the same way. and ugh i'm a giant Cubs fan but JCLC do you remember the song i believe the BB remade as a Cubs jingle? they'd play it on every WGN radio broadcast and it made me want to die.

nomar, Tuesday, 14 March 2017 04:04 (one year ago) Permalink

Barbara Ann...I think that was the one they redid.

nomar, Tuesday, 14 March 2017 04:05 (one year ago) Permalink

beach boys prolly diddled waayy more kids than MJ

sleepingbag, Tuesday, 14 March 2017 05:04 (one year ago) Permalink

And I don't begrudge anyone for their personal revulsion towards MJ given what we know or have reason to suspect about the man. But I also don't think it has fuck-all to do with the music itself

Would you say the same thing about Gary Glitter?

heaven parker (anagram), Tuesday, 14 March 2017 09:56 (one year ago) Permalink

so I struggle to listen to the production afforded to the songs I don't like, lyrics I don't like, and the weird dog's-ear thing that happens when they do the soaring-sliding thing and I always feel like I'm going to vomit
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cool, we reach. you *do* get why I don't care about post-OTW MJ after all (although swap out "soaring-sliding thing" for "bowchicka-ah-jamawnit-cha")

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 14 March 2017 15:19 (one year ago) Permalink

beach boys prolly diddled waayy more kids than MJ

this is a weird thing to say but I guess it hinges on how you define "kids"

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 14 March 2017 15:20 (one year ago) Permalink

lol at ppl pretending that not enjoying anything mj did after off the wall is somehow an iconoclastic opinion

dyl, Tuesday, 14 March 2017 16:45 (one year ago) Permalink

or the fiction that liking beyoncé is now a requirement under the new authoritarian state of music criticism. i guess getting ppl like this is the inevitable side effect of having so many polls based on the 'acclaimedmusic' trashheap

dyl, Tuesday, 14 March 2017 16:47 (one year ago) Permalink

#allgenresmatter

nomar, Tuesday, 14 March 2017 16:50 (one year ago) Permalink

Please explain, dyl.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 14 March 2017 17:01 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

here's my rambling take on Michael in the disco era, looking his underrated (imo) work leading up to Thriller plus a peek at the pre-MTV music video "scene"

https://medium.com/@markcoleman57/dancing-with-michael-jackson-remembering-music-video-before-mtv-a0c18b063581"> https://medium.com/@markcoleman57/dancing-with-michael-jackson-remembering-music-video-before-mtv-a0c18b063581

Dogshit Critic (m coleman), Friday, 21 April 2017 17:17 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Uhhhhhh...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e62M-5-7ajY

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Saturday, 10 June 2017 01:37 (one year ago) Permalink

Classic.

Austin, Sunday, 11 June 2017 01:52 (one year ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

On his worst single.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 11 March 2018 02:12 (seven months ago) Permalink

love it. your piece i mean.

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 11 March 2018 12:30 (seven months ago) Permalink


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