A Thriller It Has Been…


Simply put, Thriller is one of the most consistent pop records ever assembled and that was over 25 years ago. Available today, is the 25th Anniversary of Thriller by the truly one and only, Michael Jackson. As you may have too, I’ve come across many interesting essays and articles to commemorate today’s release, and I’d like to share two.

Paste, a magazine dedicated to music and culture and also appropriate balcony reading has an essay appropriately titled, “What I Miss About Michael Jackson”.

The LA Times has an article simply containing 25 Thriller Facts. Not only did this record spawn infinite biters, (excellent song) but also seemed to change the music industry in non-traditional ways as well.

“Thriller’s” phenomenal success led to a breaking down of traditional racial barriers on FM radio at the time. New York’s WPLJ, a “white” station, played Jackson’s “Beat It” because of Eddie Van Halen’s appearance on it. The song caused a wave of protests from some listeners who didn’t want “black” music on their station. MTV also had a reputation for favoring white performers at the time, and its heavy rotation of Jackson videos helped alleviate the criticism.

A few video gems after the jump.

The King of Pop performing Billie Jean in Thriller’s heyday. He could move.

And another clip of the monster that is known as Billie Jean. Most likely he’s not even singing, but the sheer enthusiasm of the crowd has to just make you think.


4 Responses to “A Thriller It Has Been…”

  1. 1 Joe
    February 13, 2008 at 3:30 am

    nice post. i missed this completely today.

  2. 2 Joe
    February 13, 2008 at 3:32 am

    slight addendum. i agree with the la times, but it’s interesting too that thrilled helped create the attitude in the industry that is helping to kill it today: huge sellers. just look at the paltry top sellers last year, and its clear that the long tail has taken hold. the days of thriller and the bodyguard soundtrack are in the past.

  3. 3 Joe
    February 13, 2008 at 3:37 am

    congrats too, you beat me to the 150th Post of MiS!

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