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THROWBACK THURSDAY – Ghost by Michael Jackson

Because we will undoubtedly make reference to Thriller this month on The Nostalgia Blog, it seemed appropriate to throwback to the less popular short Halloween-like film Michael Jackson released entitled “Ghosts.” In 1997, The King of Pop┬áreleased a short film/music video that was co-written by horror writer Stephen King. In it Jackson plays a scary Maestro with supernatural powers who is being forced out of his small town by its mayor. Jackson also plays the mayor and 3 other characters…props for doing a decent job. I fondly remember the 3D graphics including Jackson breaking his skeleton-skull. The 30+ minute film was shortened for music video release (song also called Ghosts), which you can watch below…  

30 Years Ago: ‘We Are The World’

30 years ago Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie and producers Quincy Jones and Michael Omartian all got together to write a song for Supergroup USA for Africa that would sell over 20 million copies. That song? Are you kidding me? It’s right there in the title. It’s ‘We Are The World’. Released March 7th, 1985, USA for Africa featured some of America’s biggest pop stars including: Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Tina Turner, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Kenny Loggins, Steve Perry, Huey Lewis, Cyndi Lauper, Bob Dylan as well as many, many others. Between merchandice and record sales, it is believed that ‘We Are The World’ raised between $45 and $47 million in relief for Africa. Since I haven’t read the news since 1985, I’m gonna assume this solved everything and Africa is now a powerhouse both socially and economically U-S-A! U-S-A! But, to be sure I’ll just check Google and…oh dear god…I was WAY off… Enjoy the video and if you got a few bucks, maybe send them to Africa.

Theory: What’s Outside The Margins of Popular Album Covers

We all love album covers. Of course we do. Don’t argue with me, I know where you live! Back when we used to physically purchase albums said albums often came with covers on them. Some of those album covers went on to be pretty famous. But what was going on outside the margins of those famous album covers? We may never know but a series called “The Bigger Picture” by web design company Aptitude has done a pretty good job at theorizing the answers…  

Michael Jackson: Thriller

Two things are a necessity at Halloween. The first is watching Michael Jackson’s iconic video Thriller. The second is eating 234 Snickers bars (full size, none of this bite-sized bullshit). Since I don’t seem to have any Snickers around, I guess we will watch the video for Thriller. “Did you eat all the Snickers?” NO! “Common man, there are Snickers wrappers in your teeth. You clearly ate 234 Snickers and didn’t even bother to unwrap some of them” Whatever! I don’t need to take this from you! You aren’t my real dad! Enjoy Thriller everyone!