Favorite Michael Moments, Part 2: Don't You Carry Nothin' That Might Be A Load


Part 1.

I can't remember how I old I was when I first saw The Wiz (1978). It must have been late high school, probably my junior year, which I'm thinking was the height of my Michael Jackson Fan career. I have my VHS copy in a storage box at the new house, and I tried to track it down this weekend but failed. Not that I have a VCR to watch it on but just so I could hold it, you know? Of course you know.

It was the first all-black musical I'd ever seen, and while entirely different that The Wizard of Oz, I loved it. Diana Ross is starving-thin, but watching her and Michael together is enchanting. Even if you haven't seen The Wiz but you are a Michael Jackson fan, you have a lot to thank it for, because it brought together Michael and Quincy Jones for the first of what would be many amazing collaborations.

I know I should post a scene from the movie, but my favorite song is "Ease on Down the Road" and there's no clip of it on youtube! So instead you'll have to see the movie yourself and settle (if you can call it settling!) for this clip of Michael on The Diana Ross Show where they performed the song together in what looks like about 1980-1981. The reason I picked it is because they do this dance move that they did down the yellow brick road in the movie that I re-watched again and again until I could do it with them. Michael starts it 20 seconds in and they do it for a full ten glorious seconds. We've also got Quincy at the piano! Enjoy:

Oh, and remember that SNL sketch of Inside the Actor's Studio where Alec Baldwin played Charles Nelson Reilly? And he says "You know, once we were taping Match Game '75, Nipsey Russell, Brett Summers and I, and we were hanging out at Gene Rayburn's house, and Nipsey says, "Charles, where does the joy come from?" And I said, "It comes from my blank and it blanks from my blank!"

Well, I knew who Nipsey Russell was because he played the Tin Man in The Wiz. So there you go.

Favorite Michael Moments, Part 1


Because this is my blog and I can do what I want with it, I shall now overload you with posts of some of my favorite Michael Jackson moments. Deal with it! I'm trying to mourn here.

First up is "Say Say Say" with Paul McCartney. Everyone knows that Paul and Michael were great friends until Michael outbid Paul for the Beatles catalog (which I'm told has now been left to Paul). They recorded two songs together that I know of--"The Girl is Mine" from Thriller (sorry Brandy and Monica, you're not as original as you might have thought), and "Say Say Say" which was produced by George Martin for McCartney's 1983 album Pipes of Peace. I bought Paul's greatest hits album All the Best specifically for this one song, and ended up loving more of Paul's solo work than I had ever wanted to.

The music video is great fun: Mac and Jack are two traveling con-artists who (with the help of Linda) give money to orphans and put on vaudeville shows. Unfortunately I'm fairly certain that Michael's love interest here may or may not be his sister LaToya, which is creepy, but pretty nice of him.

Put a finish on it, Jess

Thanks to Theresa, I've discovered that my favorite made-for-tv-movie of all time: Sooner or Later (1979) is available to watch on youtube.

Leave this blog in haste! Get thee to Rex Smith's older man arms as they take you back in time to your greatest junior high dreams!

Part 1.

image cred from a blog post worthy of the film.

"If Bruce is going to sweat so much it literally gushes off him like a garden fountain, the least I can do is allow myself to be sexually healed."


EW on Bruce at Bonnaroo 2009:

"Unfortunate announcement for all bands who played Bonnaroo on June 13, 2009: No matter how good you think you were yesterday, Bruce Springsteen was better. It's just a fact. Bon Iver, your songs gave me the chills; Springsteen was better. Elvis Costello, I'd walk to the ends of the earth to hear your voice; Springsteen was better. Trent Reznor, I know last night was your final show in the U.S. as Nine Inch Nails; Springsteen was... well, okay, Trent Reznor. I'm gonna put you in your own category, "Legends Who Are Going Out Of Business Maybe" and call it even. But there is a very good chance that Springsteen was still better."

I half-expect Tina Fey to pop out of the "0" in the 30 ROCK opening credits, announce who's stopping by, and then wave her arms manically in the air.

"They had a lot of chemistry, in the way that you can use your knowledge of chemistry to make POISON and use that POISON to MURDER people's EYES."


The Hunt for the Worst Movie of All Time: Elizabethtown.

"Whoops, Drew's dad was a Dockers commercial."

pregunta musica!


I've decided that bands with a male and female lead singer are the best thing there is. Can you recommend any bands with that combination?

(I am already blissfully aware of Fleetwood Mac, The Mamas and the Papas, Little Big Town, The Hush Sound, Peter, Paul & Mary, and Mates of State...possibly others I'm blanking on, but tell me anyway.)