Perhaps it was bound to happen eventually, but it seems Michael Jackson's ghost
is already haunting the halls of Neverland Ranch. Whether or not the spirt was moonwalking is currently inconclusive. [more inside]
posted by zardoz
on Jul 6, 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 -
Photos from the Neverland Ranch auction
A while ago, Michael Jackson was short of cash, and decided to auction off the contents of Neverland Ranch, his combined palace/fun park, down to the last vanity painting and statue. A guy named Paul Scheer went along with a camera, took photos of some of the more peculiar items and put them online. It's certainly a unique collection.
posted by acb
on Apr 27, 2009 -
Michael Musto on Michael Jackson
("We couldn't get Rosie or Martha to melt—and we can't even find bin Laden or Hussein—but if Jacko would just agree to be a pedophile, we could have our kook and eat him too.") Sarah Hepola on Michael Jackson
("In my life, I have spent many years wishing I were someone else, but I have never wanted to be anyone – ever – more than I wanted to be Michael Jackson. Do you remember? Help me sing it.") Michael Jackson on Michael Jackson
("You are right to be skeptical of some of the individuals who are being identified in the mass media as my friends, spokespeople, and attorneys. With few exceptions, most of them are simply filling a desperate void in our culture that equates visibility with insight.")
posted by adrober
on Nov 29, 2003 -
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 -
MJ pro-tech, anti-jail:
"I am speechless about the idea of putting music fans -- mostly teenagers -- in jail for downloading music," he said in a statement from his Neverland Ranch in the western state of California.
"It is wrong to illegally download, but the answer cannot be jail. Here in America we create new opportunities out of adversity, not punitive laws, and we should look to new technologies ... for solutions. This way, innovation continues to be the hallmark of America. It is the fans that drive the success of the music."
posted by allaboutgeorge
on Jul 22, 2003 -
: The testimony that Michael Jackson paid between $15 and $40 million to suppress.
posted by lagado
on Feb 13, 2003 -
Michael feels betrayed
and I'm kind of with him on this one. I thought I would just check in on the Jackson special for a few minutes, but I stuck around, mainly because I literally could not believe what I was seeing. What I was waiting for never actually happened: some concession that what was being exploited was not so much a celebrity as someone who is mentally ill. The interviewer's questions (often repeated emphatically for shock value) and Barbara Walters' snarky commercial-break comments seemed a bit on the cruel side when discussing someone who has so little grounding in reality.
I can understand the concern about children, Jackson's and others; there is clearly a cycle of abuse (though clearly unintended on Jackson's part), and it is something legal authorities should address; however, I would question opening those issues up on television and trying to assign Jackson motives he is clearly not mature enough, sexually or otherwise, to comprehend, not to mention their own exploitation of the children for ratings.
posted by troybob
on Feb 7, 2003 -
Be a hero!
That big bad Michael enjoys dropping his kids off balconies, and it's up to you to stop him... just don't get hit by falling vinyl!
posted by adamms222
on Dec 6, 2002 -
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 -
Michael Jackson: the music industry is racist.
The erstwhile Agent M
made some interesting claims about the record industry as a whole while in the midst of a dispute with his record label, Sony. He mentioned such paupers as Little Richard, Mariah Carey and Sammy Davis, Jr. as "vistims of the industry," and singled out Sony Music chairman Tommy Mottola. In other news, Al Sharpton and Johnny Cochran have formed a coalition
to investigate financial profiteering off black recording artists.
posted by me3dia
on Jul 8, 2002 -
Michael Jackson Wants Global Children's Holiday
``It would mean a lot. It really would. World peace. I hope that our next generation will get to see a peaceful world, not the way things are going now.'' Uh-huh. Does he have any comprehension of his public image about the fixation with children?
posted by McBain
on Jan 31, 2002 -
no longer resembles a human. Saw the video premiere last night on MTV (download if you can stomach it). At first jocko's face is concealed, but then the result of years of mutilation is revealed. I've always wondered what an earthling would grow up to look like on a planet with slightly different climate and gravity, and er, well, you'll see.
I understand Brando getting involved, but Michael Madsen and Chris Tucker must really need the cash.
The...horror.... The... horror...
posted by sharksandwich
on Oct 3, 2001 -
We Are the World War III
"Michael Jackson is leading a fund raising effort to help raise $50 million to benefit survivors and families of victims of September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks."
posted by kirkaracha
on Sep 16, 2001 -
People paid $2500 for this.
Marlon Brando talking about "children hacked to death with a machete;" Al Jarreau as the Tin Man; scary, scary Liza Minelli- all to tribute the man with the plastic face. Dear god, I hope at least half of this stuff ends up in the CBS version.
posted by ice_cream_motor
on Sep 9, 2001 -
Behind the Lizzie Grubman story
Publicist with clients including Britney Spears runs SUV into crowd
of 15 outside a club. Her dad is a major recording industry attorney, representing Michael Jackson, Sting, Elton John and Bruce Springsteen. But it's not a good enough story to take national? "Missing interns, shark-bitten 8-year-olds and murdered wives of has-been stars are OK, though."
posted by raysmj
on Jul 17, 2001 -