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Happy 31st Anniversary "THRILLER" ~ Top 5 Thriller facts

Post by Admin on Sat Nov 30, 2013 4:46 pm

Top 5 Thriller facts
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Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' was released 31 years ago today and here are some of the lesser known facts about the album.


1) The singles 'Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' was one of the biggest hit off the 'Thriller' album but no video clip was ever made for the song.



2) It has been reported that Thriller's popularity led to the breaking down of racial barriers on some radio stations in United States that only played songs by white people prior to the release of the album. MJ's 'Beat It' was first played in one of New York's 'white station' because of the appearance of Eddie Van Helen. An uproar was created by listeners who did not want 'black' music on the music station. 

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3) The disclaimer "Due to my strong personal convictions, I wish to stress that this film in no way endorses a belief in the occult" that appears before "Thriller" video clip was inserted due to MJ's Jehovah's Witness faith. It was also reported that the King of Pop wanted to destroy the video but later changed his mind.

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4) The 'Thriller' zombie dance routine is probably one of the most performed in the world, with the largest number of participant in a routine recorded at 13, 597. The Guinness Book of World Records recognised the event organised by e Instituto de la Juventud del Gobierno del Distrito Federal at the Monumento a la Revolucion, Mexico City, Mexico on Aug 20, 2000 as the largest in the world.

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5) The red jacket that Jackson wears in the 'Thriller' video was sold at a whooping USD 1.8 million (RM58mil) to a gold trader in 2011. The trader reportedly said that he was going to use the iconic jacket to raise money for children's hospitals.

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Post by Admin on Sat Nov 30, 2013 4:57 pm

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Post by Capricious Anomaly on Sat Nov 30, 2013 5:17 pm

Thanks for linking the Thriller forum here. I am in there now and the memories are forever!!
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Michael Jackson, Thriller Record Advertisement

Post by Admin on Sat Nov 30, 2013 5:25 pm

This is an early Thriller album advertisement. It's interesting to note how the commercial doesn't plug the song, "Thriller" at all but "Billy Jean". 


ORIGINAL, Michael Jackson, Thriller Record Advertisement

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Post by Capricious Anomaly on Sat Nov 30, 2013 5:29 pm

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Joseph Vogel has brilliantly cracked the DNA, the code of the work, the artistry of Michael Joseph Jackson. This is the book I have been long awaiting -- a pointed, intelligent dissection of an epic body of work."  -Spike Lee


Over his four decades in the public spotlight, Michael Jackson dazzled audiences, broke down barriers, and transformed popular music. Yet his brilliance as an artist has often been overshadowed by the tabloid frenzy that surrounded his unusual life. Now author Joseph Vogel returns to to the albums, songs and videos that made the King of Pop a cultural force in the first place. From Off the Wall and Thriller, to Bad, Dangerous, HIStory and beyond, Vogel takes us deep inside Jackson's vast musical catalog. Each song is carefully considered, from well-known classics like "Billie Jean" and "Beat It" to lesser-known standouts like "Stranger in Moscow" and "Who Is It."

Meticulously researched and documented, Man in the Music draws on hundreds of sources, including news archives, reviews, Jackson's own words, and interviews with key collaborators. With each chapter, Vogel takes the reader back in time, placing the music in its social and historical context, discussing its relation to Jackson's personal life, and revealing never-before-heard stories from the studio. Featuring a foreword by Rolling Stone contributing editor Anthony DeCurtis and a wealth of color photos, this unique book provides the first comprehensive assessment of the "man in the music."

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Post by Capricious Anomaly on Sat Nov 30, 2013 5:30 pm

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Post by Admin on Sat Nov 30, 2013 5:36 pm

Thanks Capricious! 30% off the $17 deal for Black Friday is terrific!

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Post by WeAreTheWorld. on Sat Nov 30, 2013 7:46 pm

That is a great deal! I remember getting that book for my 15th birthday a couple years ago, I absolutely love my copy and read it often still! Would definitely recommend it to any MJ fan along with JV's Earth Song analysis book!
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