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Old 12-01-2007, 05:55 PM   #1
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'Thriller' turns 25 today.

Appreciate one of the greatest pop albums of all time. It's absolutely genius.
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I think everyone in my sixth-grade class had a copy.

I was in love with Michael Jackson! How embarrassing. I had a poster where he was wearing a white shirt and pants, and a yellow sweater vest.

My grandma knit me a yellow sweater vest because of that. I loved it.

When I drove up to Vancouver for one of the U2 shows in 2004, I was stopped in traffic downtown, and some guy on a street corner was dancing to "PYT" on a boom box. It was blasting, and all the cars around him had their windows down, singing along and/or dancing along in their cars. It was awesome.
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Re: 'Thriller' turns 25 today.

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Appreciate one of the greatest pop albums of all time. It's absolutely genius.

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The cast of my show is in the process of learning the Beat It dance for the last scene.

It's glorious.
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Why didn't we celebrate the 25th anniversary of 1999, which was on October 27th?

It's a better album by a more talented artist.

Little Red Corvette > Michael Jackson's total creative output.
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If it's that good, why didn't you post a thread celebrating it yourself?

Feel free to go start one now, rather than whining about it here.
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Why didn't we celebrate the 25th anniversary of 1999, which was on October 27th?

It's a better album by a more talented artist.

Little Red Corvette > Michael Jackson's total creative output.
Didn't 1999 come out in '83?

Either way, it's a killer album, too.
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I was in love with Michael Jackson! How embarrassing. I had a poster where he was wearing a white shirt and pants, and a yellow sweater vest.

My grandma knit me a yellow sweater vest because of that. I loved it.

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My sister had that poster too
Our grandma knitted us jumpers with clowns on them

I put on the best of Michael Jackson at work all the time and everyone lurves it. . . . even though they wont admit it
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Thriller , such a classic! But depending on my mood, I like Bad or Dangerous just as much.

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If it's that good, why didn't you post a thread celebrating it yourself?

Feel free to go start one now, rather than whining about it here.
Haha exactly! Wow you really told him!
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If it's that good, why didn't you post a thread celebrating it yourself?

Feel free to go start one now, rather than whining about it here.

I wasn't planning on starting any threads celebrating albums' anniversaries. I'm just surprised that a R&B (if you want to label it as generically as that) tour de force was overlooked for another genre classic that is essentially just a collection of hit singles with little depth.

Also, LMP, it was 1982. Maybe you thought it was '83 because it was ahead of its time.


This year also marked the 20th anniversary of Sign O' The Times (double album masterpiece) back in March, but I don't think anyone recognized that either.
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Yeah, I think Prince has more depth than Michael Jackson. But I think the juggernaut that was Thriller is much more than "a collection of hit singles with little depth."

Maybe you had to be there.

Edit: Come to think of it, I have no idea how old you are, so maybe you WERE there.

Eh, maybe no one posted a 1999 thread because it's not as much a presence in our general pop culture experience as Thriller.
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I was there (born 1972), and enjoyed those songs as much as the next kid. We've discussed Thriller before and I don't want to get too deep into it again (esp. as I'm in the minority) but I find it a bit overrated as far as art is concerned, if you want to even call it that. It's not much more than a cultural artifact to me, and I don't think it has any more resonance than the other pop music from the period--in fact it has even less social relevance than something like Cyndi Lauper. Prince, on the other hand, was making music that was so fresh, and while the aesthetic itself may sound dated now, the material still impresses beyond the instant gratification of the Me Decade. For a guy whose songs are mostly about fucking, that's no small feat.

I image 1999 had its retrospective in the year of its title, and while it's not as highly regarded by the majority of the public as Thriller, I don't think the latter is much of a landmark aside from its financial success and its effect on the burgeoning phenomenon of music videos, which I don't really think is a good thing.
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I love Prince as well, and I agree that as a songwriter he's light years ahead of Michael Jackson. There was just a spark Michael Jackson had that Prince has never given off, as huge a fan as I am of him. 'Thriller' is just one of those albums. It never gets old, and it's brilliant pop from start to finish. I will concede that '1999' is superior in terms of depth, but 'Thriller' has something else that I can't put my finger on. It's just "magic", as lame as that sounds. Both albums are genius albums from 2 of the greatest artists of all time. I probably would've started a '1999' thread, but I totally didn't realize the anniversary was this year. I too, thought it came out in 1983 (give me a break, I wasn't born until 88 ). I also never bothered to check the release date because it really doesn't matter much to me. It's not like I was there. To be honest, other than the year, I had no idea what the release date of 'Thriller' was until I read an article about it earlier today and decided to start this thread.
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Also, LMP, it was 1982. Maybe you thought it was '83 because it was ahead of its time.
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Wow 25 I officially feel ancient I loved that album
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