As Michael Jackson couldn’t fluently play any instruments, he would sing and beatbox out how he wanted his songs to sound by himself on tape
, layering the vocals, harmonies and rhythm before having instrumentalists come in to complete the songs.
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Mar 27, 2014 -
"Counter-clockwise seating is unnatural"
according to Jackson City Council member LaRita Cooper-Stokes. It's confusing innocent school children who are taught to read from left to right. Fortunately the reporter provides a helpful diagram to clear things up for us (drawing not to scale).
posted by dchase
on Jul 5, 2013 -
In 1977 the Dutch public broadcasting association VARA made a documentary called Wonderland, about then up-&-coming recording artists Warren Zevon, Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt & Jackson Browne. Here is that film.
Warren Zevon at Griffith Observatory
Linda Ronstadt in studio “Tracks Of My Tears” alternative studio version
Linda Ronstadt outside her Malibu house
Warren Zevon at a burrito stand
Warren Zevon in concert “Carmelita”
Bonnie Raitt at Frederick’s
Bonnie Raitt in concert “Nothing Seems To Matter”
Linda Ronstadt in the bedroom of her Malibu house
Linda Ronstadt in studio “Lose Again” alternative studio version
Warren Zevon at Griffith Observatory
Warren Zevon in rehearsal “Frank And Jesse James”
Bonnie Raitt in concert “Give It Up Or Let Me Go”
Jackson Browne in concert “Before The Deluge”
posted by scalefree
on Sep 17, 2010 -
is a series of videos, audio clips and articles in which noted music journalist and Frankie Goes to Hollywood mastermind Paul Morley explores various facets of music. Each month has a theme, [warning: most links have autoplaying video] Michael Jackson
, classical music
, The Beatles
, folk music
, The X Factor
, the Noughties
, the next big thing
, UK hip hop
, and dance
. Here is some of what's on offer: MeFi faves Dan Le Sac and Scroobius Pip on hip hop
, These New Puritans' Jack Barnett
, Johnny Marr on folk (parts 1
), but isn't all just interviews, there are also a lot of performances, e.g. Michael Nyman and David McAlmont
, Badly Drawn Boy
, Susanna Wallumrød covers Thin Lizzy's Jailbreak
, and Cornershop cover Norwegian Wood
posted by Kattullus
on Apr 26, 2010 -
Auto-Tune the News #6
. I know the Autotune folks aren't exactly new
to Metafilter, but, damn, this one's pretty catchy, and it's about the only time I've loved what came out of Rep. Boehner's mouth.
posted by WCityMike
on Jul 13, 2009 -
penned and recorded lots of songs
, many of which remain unreleased
. Perhaps the most infamous, and rarest recording, is his version of Behind the Mask
. Legend has it that upon hearing Yellow Magic Orchestra's original track
, somewhen around 1979, Quincy Jones fell in love with the track, and he and Michael worked together on their own version. Jackson wrote new lyrics
for it - adding to those of Ryuichi Sakamoto
and Chris Mosdell
- and eventually recorded it during his Off The Wall
sessions. For unknown reasons the track never made the final cut of, arguably, Jones' and Jackson's greatest work. Not long afterwards Greg Phillinganes
, Jackson's keyboard player, released his own version
of the song, which was later taken up and re-recorded by Eric Clapton
for his 1986, Phil Collins produced album, August
. The track has since been recorded/remixed by Human League
, Senor Coconut
. Does an original Jones/Jackson recording of the song even exist
? Perhaps, as the world continues to mourn
the star's sad death
, someone will finally allow us a listen
posted by 0bvious
on Jul 1, 2009 -
You know, sometimes, you want to read about an upcoming economic nightmare, sometimes, you want to read about Obama's transition team, sometimes, you want to read about the Rifleman's Creed, and sometimes, you just want to see squirrels dance to Michael Jackson
posted by WCityMike
on Nov 11, 2008 -
He once stopped a school bus on a busy interstate because he “needed a hug” from the kids inside. He’s been known to strap weapons to his chest and leg that he has no authority to carry or conceal, then wear them in public. He once bulldozed an elderly woman’s house, promising to build her a better one. He then forgot to build it. He recruited a team of kids to torch a row of dilapidated shotgun houses, without clearance or first turning off the utilities. Meet The Worst Mayor In America
posted by stupidsexyFlanders
on Oct 23, 2007 -
Michael Jackson is guilty
of being totally excellent
in this fantastic whirlwind tour of NES games (a la Sega Fantasy VI
); MJ herein imposes his 16-bit self on a huge amount of games including but not limited to Megaman, Kung Fu, Ice Climber, Super Mario Brothers 1 and 3, Dragon Warrior, Arkanoid, Track and Field, Spelunker, Final Fantasy and more. If you know the Japanese language + games, clue us in. (Flash and hardcore midi dance music warning)
posted by BlackLeotardFront
on Jun 30, 2005 -
Can Jackson buy his way out AGAIN?
Ok, I agree that EVERYONE (including drug dealers and supposed terrorists) is innocent until proven guilty, but for christs sake how many hush up bribes can "wacko jacko" pay before the "pedophile of pop" lands where he belongs...IN JAIL!
posted by hoopyfrood
on Nov 19, 2003 -
The strange history of Michael Jackson's face.
Kind of like the Anna Nicole show -- unbelievably frightening, yet you can't look away. Anyone catch the VH1 special the other day where they electronically blurred his cheeks? wonder why... (Link courtesy of Slate.com's "In Other Websites" featue.)
posted by Vidiot
on Aug 15, 2002 -
Thank Mahalia Jackson for King's "I have a dream."
"On August 28, 1963, under a nearly cloudless sky, more than 250,000 people, a fifth of them white, gathered near the Lincoln Memorial in Washington to rally for 'jobs and freedom.'... Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had originally prepared a short and somewhat formal recitation of the sufferings of African Americans attempting to realize their freedom in a society chained by discrimination. He was about to sit down when gospel singer Mahalia Jackson
called out, 'Tell them about your dream, Martin! Tell them about the dream!' Encouraged by shouts from the audience, King drew upon some of his past talks, and the result became the landmark statement of civil rights in America--a dream of all people, of all races and colors and backgrounds, sharing in an America marked by freedom and democracy."
posted by Carol Anne
on Jan 21, 2002 -
Something about this
really makes me mad. I saw the trailer for this movie and was totally blown away. They even have a cool url. So I decided to check it out... boy was I disappointed. Sure, they have a neat intro.. but half the stuff on the site is "Coming Soon" and the link for the trailer doesn't even work! How frustrating is that?
posted by epoh
on Sep 15, 2000 -
The Today Show
really pisses me off. They never have links to the stories I want to pull up (like the head of the KKK in Jackson saying "why is everyone so bigoted and full of hate when it comes to *us* trying to preserve our heritage"), but they do
have stories like Allowances, sleepovers and street crossing...
Is your child ready to take that next step?
Regarding the KKK piece, the story was about a Missouri Legislator planning to introduce a bill to rename a section of road "Rosa Parks Highway" in response to the KKK's participation in the Adopt-a-Highway program. While it seems pretty obvious to me that the KKK would just move to another section of road, I was a) offended by the comments of the KKK spokesman, and b) irritated by the State Legislator's lack of preparation for the interview. Why didn't he directly respond to the accusation of hate and bigotry? Why didn't he have facts on hand about the 'heritage' that the KKK was trying to preserve? Why didn't he have information about it's past and present activities and mission? Why didn't he point out that membership in the KKK is in and of itself
sufficient to get you booked on the Jerry Springer Show? These things always bug me, because it's clear that groups like the KKK do quite a bit of preparation in fact distortion and spin control, but the Voices of Reason seldom do any prep work at all.
posted by CrazyUncleJoe
on Feb 9, 2000 -