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The genius of Thriller



Once upon a time, in a decade not so long ago, there was a talented and normal artist known as Michael Jackson. And, with the help of super-producer Quincy Jones, he gave us an album that spawned seven Top 10 hits, a movie-length video and a dance move called Moonwalking.

In this week's Stuck in the 80s podcast, we spotlight one of the defining albums of the 80s: Michael Jackson's Thriller. (It doesn't even look like MJ on the cover, does it?)

Here's some trivia to get you looking for your dance shoes:
-- Vincent Price was picked to do the narration of Thriller because he was friends with the wife of producer Quincy Jones.
-- Price needed only two takes to record the chilling verses. Though three verses were penned by the author of the song, only two are used in the recording.
-- The E.T. Storybook (from the movie E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial), featuring Jackson reading the story of the film and singing "Someone in the Dark," was recorded at the same time as Thriller.
-- The original name for the album and single was Starlight. But Jackson wasn't happen with the song. So Thriller was written and chosen as the album title instead.

Want more trivia? Tune in on Thursday. In the meantime, feel free to share your own opinions on the album and your favorite song from it. (I lean toward "Human Nature.")

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:18pm]


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