Tag: Quincy Jones

Pop Culture Capsule — Michael Jackson 1982 Ebony Magazine Spotlight

Pop Culture Capsule — Michael Jackson 1982 Ebony Magazine Spotlight

Capsules, Music
I came across this while browsing the fantastic Google Books magazine archive, as I am wont to do. It's a special on Michael Jackson from the December 1982 issue of Ebony. Jackson had just released his landmark Thriller album and had contributed the song "Someone in the Dark" to the storybook for the film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. The article is clearly from the age when M.J. could do no wrong, and the ugly rumors and innuendo that dogged his professional and personal lives had yet to surface. He was still simply Michael, beloved pop singer on the cusp of mega-stardom. But what's really fun -- and a little sad -- is to look at all the pictures, featuring Michael looking happy and rubbing elbows with the biggest names in entertainment at the time -- Steven Spielberg, Quincy Jones, Dian
Back by Unpopular Demand: 6 Pointless Film Sequels

Back by Unpopular Demand: 6 Pointless Film Sequels

Featured Posts, Movies
The word 'sequel' comes to us from the Latin word 'sequi', which translates as 'follow'.  It's also closely related to the Latin word 'sequela', meaning 'a disease or condition which is caused by an earlier disease or problem'.  Given the glut of needless and tiresome sequels produced by Hollywood throughout the years, I think the second translation is the more relevant one. The list of high-profile cinematic sequels that can't hold the jock strap of the beloved originals is fairly long indeed (Godfather III, any of the last three Star Wars entries, The Next Karate Kid, Batman & Robin, and Caddyshack II come to mind immediately), but what about the ones that passed virtually unnoticed like so many silent farts?  Do they not stink just as badly?  Why yes, yes they do.   Hold your
Monday music stuff – Michael Jackson, Tapes ‘n Tapes, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

Monday music stuff – Michael Jackson, Tapes ‘n Tapes, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

Music
This month saw the release of a 25th Anniversary edition of Michael Jackson's seminal album Thriller (even though it originally came out in November '82). I owned the album on vinyl back in the day, and loved it to death before I officially renounced All Things Not Metal around '84/'85. My palette is considerably broader than it used to be, so I gave the album another listen today. Removing any historical context from Thriller (which is difficult), it is still a very good album; I just can't say that it's deserving of its near universal acclaim and ridiculous sales figures (more than 104 million sold!). There are some rather clunky production flourishes added by Quincy Jones (the title track in particular sounds pretty goofy now), and a lot of it does sound rather dated. That said, ...