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    Posted on June 26th, 2009 Shawn 6 comments

    I was nine years old, when I first saw the LP of Thriller. The album cover opened as a two-fold picture of Michael Jackson and a tiger. Very cool album art. I’m pretty certain that my first listen was at my older cousin’s house in Framingham, MA. Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin is the album opener, and possibly still one of my favorite MJ songs.

    Well, 26 years later, the man that made that classic album (plus many before and after) has left this world. Mainstream news has covered all the passing details, so I’m not going to get into that. I will focus on my childhood memories of Michael Jackson.

    I can remember MTV playing the video for Thriller at the top of every hour. It was 20+ minutes, if you were able to catch the long version. I’d try to get home from school (4th grade at the time) as fast as possible to catch the 3:00 pm showing of Thriller. That video is burned into my brain forever. Plus, they released the VHS of the making of the Thriller video, which I would rent and watch (over and over).

    The following summer, some friends and I would have make-believe concerts in our backyard. We take our cassettes and boom boxes, and play our favorite music while doing a “Puttin’ on the Hits” rendition. This would include Michael Jackson, Prince, Duran Duran, and a little Ray Parker Jr. The summer of 1984 was a good time.

    Everyone I knew worked on learning some of MJ’s dancing skills. The closest I ever got was the worm, but I don’t think that was ever his move. The moon walk and popping was attempted by everyone that year, and mastered only by a few.

    A rumor floated around that year of Michael doing a concert at the Chateau de Ville in Framingham. I had never been in the place, but believe it was about a 500 seat concert hall. Unfortunately, that story stayed a rumor. Looking back, very few people I know ever saw him live in concert. I always wanted to, but it just never happened.

    Fast forward to 1989 and the release of the movie Moonwalker on VHS. Yep, I skipped the Bad album. It was awesome (Bad, Man In the Mirror, Dirty Diana), but nothing substantial jumps out in my memories. Now, Moonwalker is a different story. A 90-minute movie of interrelated videos and remakes. That’s where we all learned Smooth Criminal, another very long music video from MJ. I watched that movie many times. If you haven’t seen it, rent it. The long version of Smooth Criminal is worth it, plus the remake of Bad (as Badder) is very funny.

    There you go.  A few great memories I have thanks to the talents of Michael Jackson. Thanks for the memories.

    If you have any memories you’d like to share, leave them in comments below.

    Today, I’m listening to a Slacker Radio tribute station to Michael Jackson. Here’s the link if you are interested.

    Michael Jackson Tribute Radio: Since the passing of Michael Jackson on June 25, 2009, the World has mourned the loss of this Pop icon. Join Slacker Radio in celebrating the incredible music legacy of one of the biggest and most influential Pop music stars of our time. Hear songs from Michael Jackson’s most popular albums as well as his early years with the Jackson 5. You’ll also hear covers of MJ’s music and hits from artists that are influenced by the King of Pop including Justin Timberlake, Usher, Ne-Yo, Alicia Keys and more.”


    6 responses to “Childhood Memories of the King of Pop” RSS icon

    • Anyone who makes an entire family stop what they’re doing and turn on of all things MTV to catch their latest video has done something. I distinctly remember family evenings whenever Remember the Time (yes Eddy Murphy and Magic, you were there) debuted as well as the ‘Scream’ premier when he and Janet got together.

      I had a red jacket full of zippers…

      I wore out my Thriller LP to the point my mom got me 3 other copies just in case…

      I still want a pair of the Billie Jean shoes…

      Learning a MJ move was a HUGE accomplishment in elementary school, high school, and college…it didn’t matter….

      He had people crying in Bucharest….that’s when you know you’re jammin…

      He will be missed….time to go get some DVD’s chock full of music videos…

    • we would surely miss the King of Pop. Michael Jackson is definitely a legend in the history of music.

    • Michael Jackson would always be the best popstar ever. i love all his songs and his live concerts.

    • Michael Jackson is truly the King of Pop! He made a lot of great songs in the area of Pop Music. His death is a great loss to the music industry.

    • Ben was my favorite Michael Jackson song and i kind of miss the King of Pop now that he is forever gone. I still have my collection of michael jackson cassetes in the old days..

    • I can only say that there would be no other pop star like michael jackson.

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