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.
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.