Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’: Has the thrill held up?

Music icon Michael Jackson set new heights with the release of his seminal album, “Thriller,” in 1982, and it sets new heights 30 years after its release and lasting success.

The impact of “Thriller” didn’t rely on ‘80s excess, MTV, and pop radio alone, as its music and success is felt by many today.

According to a Rolling Stone report, “Thriller” has been an extremely influential album. … Perhaps its biggest accomplishment has been its influence on other black musicians.

In today’s music world, several artists and producers attempt to embark on their own “Thriller” moment. However, times have changed in the music world.

F.Y.E. music store worker, Eric Burgess stated that Michael Jackson’s influence spanned not only nationwide, but globally as well.

“His biggest influence was probably the videos he made,” Burgess says. “He was an entertainer first. … He wasn’t just popular here in the states, he was a worldwide superstar. You can go anywhere in the world, he’s a huge star. You can’t say that about anybody else.”

The other factor behind “Thriller” was its producer Quincy Jones, who worked with Jackson on other albums such as, “Off The Wall” and “Bad.”

“I also think Quincy Jones was also a mastermind because he was the one who produced that album, he came up with a lot of the ideas for it musically,” Burgess says. “So I think a lot of people think it was only Michael Jackson, but I think Quincy Jones had a major impact on the album as well.”

As it is known as the ‘biggest selling album in music history,’ there are some who have never brought or listened to a copy of “Thriller.” Roosevelt University student Angelina Bauer stated that even though she never heard the album, she understood the impact of the artist himself.

“He’s called the King of Pop for a reason, he’s inspired a lot of people,” she says. “I think it’s admirable how much he’s inspired people. … I think it’s sad how he went down.”

Digging in the Vaults: The Black Album (25th Anniversary Show)

Hello fellow Brandosoul listeners and fans,

It has been awhile since we dropped a podcast, so we have decided to reach into the vaults and give you an oldie, but goodie! 1987’s The Black Album is one of the most controversial project Prince was ever associated with and it remains one of the most well-known bootlegged albums. Its stories and myth often clash with the music, but it is such an interesting album and era. Here I was joined with my co-host Jesse Jenkins and we are offering an in-depth album critique, along with new insights about this remarkable era and album.

In this episode, we also get into:
– Prince’s “Welcome 2 Chicago” shows
– Andy Allo
– Larry Graham
– Prince’s new cut, “Rock ‘N Roll Affair” 

* This episode was recorded September 2012

Listen to or download the podcast here

Album Round-up: Prince’s The Gold Experience

Hello B.R.A.N.D.O fans and funkateers,

We are back with another Prince episode, looking back at 1995’s “The Gold Experience.” This album has long been considered one of the mighty pinnacles of Prince’s long and illustrious career. Here I am joined with Jesse Jenkins and Henry Cooper. We’re going in on this one and then some. Enjoy, comment and share! Thanks.

Click here to listen: http://archive.org/details/AlbumRound-upPrincesTheGoldExperience

 

Podcast: Music Talk #2

*Note: This episode was recorded on June 2nd, 2012. Michael Jackson’s commemorative Bad 25 single, “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You/Don’t Be Messin’ ‘Round” is available exclusively at Walmart. Pick it up NOW! 

Hello folks!

We are back with a long-awaited episode of Music Talk #2! Here I’m joined by good friend and co-host, Jesse Jenkins. We are getting into alot of stuff on this one…so let’s get the engines running! Enjoy, comment, share and follow. Thanks!

– Prince’s Australian Tour
– Michael Jackson’s Bad 25 Release (How Will It Hold Up?)
– Prince Remasters (Will It Ever Happen?)
– Possible New Prince Project/Protege Projects
– What Are We Listening To?

Link to Podcast: http://archive.org/details/MusicTalk2

Album Round-up: Prince’s Come

Greetings people,

We’re taking it back to 1994, with the release of Come, the thirteenth album in Prince’s long and varied career. We are going bonkers on this one. One of P’s most underrated, yet greatest moments on wax. We are going all out with this podcast, which features co-host Jesse Jenkins (as formerly known as EyeJester7 on prince.org) and Henry Cooper. Prince and music lovers, get in on this one. More to come soon…Enjoy, share, and comment! Thanks so much.

Link to podcast: http://archive.org/details/AlbumRound-upPrincesCome

Article about “The Second Coming” unreleased film: http://www.waxpoetics.com/features/articles/the-second-coming

Complete Purple Rain Script: http://corky.net/scripts/purpleRain.html

Album Round-up: Prince’s The Truth

Hello guys!

We’re back with a new show that focuses on Prince’s 1998 album, The Truth. With new insights and interpretations, we are examining this remarkable, yet underrated era and effort in Prince’s long and varied career. Features our co-host, Jesse Jenkins! Enjoy…recommended for all Prince and music lovers! Comment and follow this blog as well. More to come folks!

Listen or download here: http://archive.org/details/AlbumRound-upPrincesTheTruth

Classic Albums: Michael Jackson’s Bad 25th Anniversary Special

Hello People!

We’re back with a new BrandoSoul podcast! In this particular podcast, we will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s 1987 landmark, Bad. We will be offering in-depth insights about the classic album and era that catapulted Michael Jackson into iconic status. I am joined with special co-host, Jesse Jenkins and new guest, Henry Cooper. All MJ fans and music lovers have to get into this epic special. This is one for the HIStory books! Please enjoy, comment, and follow BrandoSoul!

Part 1: http://archive.org/details/MichaelJacksonsBad25thAnniversarySpecialpartOne
Part 2: http://archive.org/details/MichaelJacksonsBad25thAnniversarySpecialpartTwo

Please check out Jesse on:
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/JesteRants/videos/http://www.youtube.com/user/DemonstrativeRanD
Prince.org: http://prince.org/profile/EyeJester7

Please check out Henry Cooper on:
Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/A3MQVJ1JNGHDSP/ref=cm_aya_bb_pdp

To Buy Michael Jackson’s Bad album, check out:

Vinyl: http://www.amazon.com/Bad-Michael-Jackson/dp/B00005LR40/ref=sr_1_6?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1335056408&sr=1-6

Original CD: http://www.amazon.com/Bad-Michael-Jackson/dp/B00000269M/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1335056495&sr=1-1

2001 Special Edition Reissue: http://www.amazon.com/Bad-Spec-Michael-Jackson/dp/B00005QGAX/ref=sr_1_2?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1335056528&sr=1-2