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A long-forgotten cover of MJ's 'Billie Jean'

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November

A month ago, Steve asked for your favorite remakes in the '80s, and the nation came up with a strong list. Not mentioned was The Bolshoi’s little known live version of MJ’s Billie Jean. This recording is a perfect time capsule (recorded on March 17, 1986) as it documents the royal wedding between Sarah Ferguson (the original Fergie) and Prince Andrew in the introduction.

As a bonus we also get insults to both the royalty and America. Vocalist Trevor Tanner has fun with the lyrics and alters them to give them a snotty English touch. Just as you start getting into the Bille Jean groove, The Bolshoi mixes it up and starts to incorporate the Talking Heads Take Me to the River in the song. While I normally like to show an official video with an '80s Lost and Found tune, this rare B side gets an “A” in my book.

-- Kevin Wuench, guest blogger

[Last modified: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 6:41pm]

    

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