No mere mortal can resist The Thriller
Speaking of Michael Jackson, here's something about the 80s we can all agree about: Thriller is the greatest music video of all time, right?
MTV tagged it with that honor in 1999, then in a bizarre fit of insanity named Madonna's Vogue as the second-best video. I think I threw a wine cooler bottle at the TV when I saw that ... umm, it wasn't my wine cooler. I'm sure it was a girlfriend's. (You gotta go with Peter Gabriel's Sledgehammer, Duran Duran's Hungry Like the Wolf and a-Ha's Take on Me all before you consider ANY product by Madonna. Except maybe the pointy bra.)
If you want to rewatch some of the best videos, head over to Pitchfork Media's website. Click this link to see their list of the top 100 (alphabetically) with links to each individual video. And then curse yourself for throwing away the next five hours of your life. (Nah, it was worth it.) Click here to see the full 15-minute of Thriller.
So do I really need to present an argument for Thriller? Puleeze. It co-starred a former Playboy centerfold (Ola Ray). John Landis directed it, just two years after his American Werewolf in London masterpiece. The video didn't debut until more than a year after the album was released. Even the video "The Making of Michael Jackson's Thriller" sold tens of millions of copies.
"The making of Madonna's Vogue"? I don't think so.
Stay tuned to your computer and iPod for more Michael Jackson trivia and music as Stuck in the 80s records its "Thriller" episode this week.