Michael Jackson's unexpected demise last year left us with a stark new perspective on the King of Pop and his music. All of a sudden, we were able to overlook his bizarre adventures and focus on the songs. We forgave him for the dangling baby, the inappropriate interest in little boys. Some of us even forgave him for "Man in the Mirror."
But to REALLY understand the erstwhile pop legend, you have to go back to his R-and-B roots. Back to the Jackson Five; the Motown hits penned by Berry Gordy and The Corporation. Video clips of these days are revealing: the distorted recordings, the pageantry and costuming overshadowing the weak musicianship, at least until Michael could make enough money to kick Tito off lead guitar. Thank goodness today's acts are so much better.
OMG, our tribute to the Jackson's ABC, takes a fond look at an old craze-the watered-down soul music of yesteryear-and combines it with one of the hottest trends today: paying exorbitant amounts of money to communicate with others via short snippets of text, much like a telegram. Landon Longard stars as the Boy Who Would Be King. Thx 4 lstning.