How did this Jacksons' tune miss the top 25?
Michael Jackson's presence was considered influential in music videos as Billie Jean essentially broke the perceived "color barrier" on MTV. Before the marriage of MJ and MTV in the '80s, Michael and his brothers were ahead of the curve making concept videos with Can You Feel It.
In 1980, the Jacksons were still a big ticket as younger brother Michael was just starting to have solo success with his smash album Off The Wall. The Jacksons' 1980 release Triumph spawned Top 40 hits with Lovely One and Heartbreak Hotel before Can You Feel It was issued in the spring of 1981. Can You Feel It missed the Top 40 peaking at No. 77 but was a No. 1 song on the dance charts.
Thinking big, Michael Jackson envisioned a ground breaking video and along with special effects wizard Robert Abel, they teamed to create an event video. The video is epic turning a 6-minute song into a 9 1/2 minute presentation starting off with a minute narration by my favorite voice over announcer Ken Nordine. In its day, the video for Can You Feel It was considered ahead of its time with its concept form and special effects. Abel and his production team would go on to create the special effects used in movies such as Tron.
Can You Feel It is visually stunning and even the ending credits are worthy of a snicker as Michael Jackson's name constantly appears on the credits. As if you didn't recognize his imprint on this video, MJ's credits include titles such as conceived and written, two producing credits, creative consultant, co-writer of the song and composer of the prelude music to eliminate any confusion over who was driving the bus on this video project.
Besides the iconic videos like Beat It and Thriller, Jackson would strike again with a long form video when MJ teamed up with George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola to create Captain EO in 1986 which was a video staple for years at Epcot at Disney.
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