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You asked for it (well, two of you)

7.22.2009

Well it's that time of year again. The time of year when Maryann puts her mild cases of musical OCD to work for you!

Two--two!--separate people have asked for a playlist of the more under-recognized Michael Jackson music that I am all too familiar with, in the hopes that they might know it as well! (Or by asking me to do this, they know they are giving a much better gift to me than I am to them. They thought, 'You know, I bet Maryann would love to put together a playlist of Michael Jackson songs. And I'd get some free music out of it, so everybody wins!')

So this is a playlist for those of you who already have the greatest hits of the Jackson 5 and Michael himself. I'm operating under the pretense that you already own the following mega-hits (all of which can be found on The Essential Michael Jackson--37 songs for $13.99, surely a deal if there ever was one. But whoever put this collection together has a definition of 'essential' that tends to differ from my own):

-Jackson 5 Era: I Want You Back, ABC, The Love You Save, Got to Be There, Rockin' Robin, Ben-The Jacksons Era: Enjoy Yourself, Blame it on the Boogie, Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)
-Off the Wall: Don't Stop Til You Get Enough, Rock With You, Off the Wall, She's Out of My Life
-Thriller: Billie Jean, Beat It, Thriller, The Girl is Mine, Wanna Be Startin' Somethin', Human Nature, P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
-Bad: Bad, Smooth Criminal, The Way You Make Me Feel, Man in the Mirror, Dirty Diana, I Just Can't Stop Loving You, Leave Me Alone, Another Part of Me
-Dangerous: Black or White, Will You Be There, Remember the Time, Heal the World, In the Closet, Who is It, Dangerous
-HIStory: You Are Not Alone
- Invincible: You Rock My World

If you want the following mix and are missing any of the above songs, just let me know and I will happily add them. If you're dying to know what I think of them, either search for them in the blog or wait until I get to writing about them here, as we all know I probably will, because this is my current vocation in life.

Now that that's out of the way, on to the lesser known songs of Michael Joseph Jackson. (And his brothers! Who are forever doomed to be relegated to parentheses in light of their superstar brother!)

Where to begin, where to begin? I suppose...at the beginning. (Chronology will not be closely adhered to. You were warned. Also, no Christmas songs. For now.)

Maryann's Almost No Song Left Behind Exhaustive Michael Jackson Playlist 2009: Music So Good, You Might Just Grab Yourself

Disc One: Gary, Indiana, That's The Town That 'Knew Them When'

1. "Mama's Pearl" by the Jackson 5, Third Album (1970)
- Favorite part: Let's fall in love, let's fall in love
2. "Sugar Daddy" by the Jackson 5, Greatest Hits (1971)
- Favorite part: Brand new boots, I bought ya; fine, fine, blew your mind
3. "One More Chance" by the Jackson 5, ABC (1970)
- Favorite part: Now since I'm alone, talking to myself
4. "Maybe Tomorrow" by the Jackson 5, Maybe Tomorrow (1971)
- Favorite part: You are the book that I read each day, you are the song that I sing; you are the four seasons of my life
5. "Who's Lovin' You" by the Jackson 5, Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5 (1969)
- Favorite part: When I had you I treated you bad and wrong, my dear
6. "It's Your Thing" by the Jackson 5, Ultimate Collection (1996)
- Favorite part: I can't tell you who to sock it to

7. "Never Can Say Goodbye" by the Jackson 5, Maybe Tomorrow (1971)
- Favorite part: Tell me why is it so, don't wanna let you go
8. "Lookin' Through the Windows" by the Jackson 5, Lookin' Through the Windows (1972)
- Favorite part: Just remember whatever makes you feel that way, don't you worry cause I'm
gonna stay right by your side

9. "I'll Be There" by the Jackson 5, Third Album (1970)
- Favorite part: You and I must make a pact, we must bring salvation back
10. "Doctor My Eyes" by the Jackson 5 (originally by Jackson Browne), Lookin' Through the
Windows
(1972)
- Favorite part: Without crying now I want to understand
11. "Little Bitty Pretty One" by the Jackson 5, Lookin' Through the Windows (1972)
- Favorite part: Little bitty pretty one, I've been watchin' you grow
12. "Corner of the Sky" by the Jackson 5, Skywriter (1973)
- Favorite part: And don't you see I want my life to be something more than long
13. "Hallelujah Day" by The Jackson 5, Skywriter (1973)
- Favorite part: Love is on its way, sing Hallelujah
14. "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing" by the Jackson 5, Lookin' Through the Windows (1972)
- Favorite part: I've got your picture, hangin' on the wall...I realize it's just a picture in a frame
15. "Get it Together" by the Jackson 5, G.I.T.: Get It Together (1973)
- Favorite part: You better get it together or leave it alone, if you don't want my lovin' I'll be gone
16. "Forever Came Today" by the Jackson 5, Moving Violation (1975)
- Favorite part: It came today, forever came today
17. "The Life of the Party" by the Jackson 5,
Dancing Machine (1974)
- Favorite part: You're a sexy mama, such a dancing dream
18. "Dancing Machine" by the Jackson 5, G.I.T.: Get It Together (1973)
- Favorite part: She's a dance, dance, dance, dance, dancing machine
19. "Body Language (Do the Love Dance)" by the Jackson 5, Moving Violation (1975)
- Favorite part: Body language, body language, let you move it
20. "It's Too Late to Change the Time" by the Jackson 5,
G.I.T.: Get it Together (1973)

- Favorite part: It's too late-ta, a-too late to change the time
21. "Whatever You Got, I Want" by the Jackson 5, Dancing Machine (1974)
- Favorite part: Girl, you got a one-track mind
22. "All I Do is Think of You" by the Jackson 5, Moving Violation (1975)
- Favorite part: Hey, that's the girl for you so what are you gonna do



Disc Two: Teen Idolesence

1. "Music and Me" by Michael Jackson, Music & Me (1973)
- Favorite part: don't make me choose, you jerk! The whole damn thing.
2. "I Wanna Be Where You Are" by Michael Jackson, Got to Be There (1972)
- Favorite part: You don't have to worry, 'cause I'm comin' back to where I should have always stayed
3. "When I Come of Age" by Michael Jackson, (unsure!) Michael Jackson: Gold (2008)
- Favorite part: Will you still wanna marry me when I come of age
4. "Who's Looking For A Lover" by Michael Jackson, (unsure!) Michael Jackson: Gold (2008)
- Favorite part: Somebody older, somebody bolder, wants to get hold of me
5. "Ain't No Sunshine" by Michael Jackson, Got to Be There (1972)
- Favorite part: ain't no sunshine when she's gone (of course)
6. "Love is Here and Now You're Gone" by Michael Jackson, Got to Be There (1972)
- Favorite part: The spoken bits are adorable but I like into your arms I fell so unaware...
7. "Greatest Show On Earth" by Michael Jackson, Ben (1972)
- Favorite part: spinning carooouuussseeeelllls
8. "That's What Love is Made Of" by Michael Jackson, (unsure!) Anthology: The Best of Michael Jackson (1995)
- Favorite part: You take snakes and snails, some puppy dog tails
9. "You Can Cry On My Shoulder" by Michael Jackson, Ben (1972)
- Favorite part: Big girls ain't supposed to cry, if you do I'll understand
10. "Melodie" by Michael Jackson, Michael Jackson: Gold (2008)
- Favorite part: Melodie, you're a symphony
11. "Morning Glow" by Michael Jackson, Music & Me (1973)
- Favorite part: Morning glow, fill the earth, come and shine for all your worth
12. "We're Almost There" by Michael Jackson, Forever, Michael (1975)
- Favorite part: Do it for me, do it for me
13. "Take Me Back" by Michael Jackson, Forever, Michael (1975)
- Favorite part: I want you to take me back
14. "One Day in Your Life" by Michael Jackson, Forever, Michael (1975)
- Favorite part: Just call my name and I'll be there
15. "Cinderella Stay Awhile" by Michael Jackson, Forever, Michael (1975)
- Favorite part: Now that you are here, stay awhile
16. "Just A Little Bit of You" by Michael Jackson, Forever, Michael (1975)
- Favorite part: Just a little bit of you every day will surely keep the doctor away
17. "We've Got Forever" by Michael Jackson, Forever, Michael (1975)
- Favorite part: And forever is meant for so very few
18. "Dapper Dan" by Michael Jackson, Forever, Michael (1975)
- Favorite part: Let's dance, dance with me
19. "Dear Michael" by Michael Jackson, Forever, Michael (1975)
- Favorite part: You'll probably never get this letter, Michael
20. "I'll Come Home to You" by Michael Jackson, Forever, Michael (1975)
- Favorite part: Wherever I go, I will be loving you
21. "Don't Let it Get You Down" by Michael Jackson, Motown Legends: Michael Jackson (1993)
- Favorite part: Don't it seem like I know what I'm talkin' about
22. "Farewell My Summer Love" by Michael Jackson, Michael Jackson: Gold (2008)
- Favorite part: Your grandma's house was next to mine, we were together most of the time
23. "Touch the One You Love" by Michael Jackson, Hello World: The Motown Solo Collection (2009)
- Favorite part: You got to touch the one you love if you want to the one you love to touch

Disc Three: Can you feel it? Can You Feel It? CAN YOU FEEL IT?*

1. "Can You Feel It" by The Jacksons, Triumph (1980)
- Favorite part: All the colors of the world should be loving each other in harmony
2. "Different Kind of Lady" by The Jacksons, Goin' Places (1977)
- Favorite part: I'm here to please you in every way I can
3. "Walk Right Now" by The Jacksons, Triumph (1980)
- Favorite part: I don't care what you're sayin', walk right now I ain't playin'
4. "Lovely One" by The Jacksons, Triumph (1980)
- Favorite part: Now the first time that I saw you walkin' down the street so pretty, gone with your bad self
5. "Show You the Way to Go" by The Jacksons, The Jacksons (1976)
- Favorite part: Please, please let me show you, let me show you the way to go
6. "State of Shock" by The Jacksons feat. Mick Jagger, Victory (1984)
- Favorite part: She put me on my knees, please, baby, please
7. "Torture" by the Jacksons, Victory (1984)
- Favorite part: Tell me what's your pain or pleasure
8. "Everybody" by The Jacksons, Triumph (1980)
- Favorite part: I love the way you shake your thing, you make me want some more
9. "Things I Do For You" by The Jacksons, Destiny (1978)
- Favorite part: I start screaming, shouting, and acting mad; no one can help me but myself
10. "Goin' Places" by The Jacksons, Goin' Places (1977)
- Favorite part: Michael in the beginning AnIanIanIanIanI!
11. "Do What You Wanna" by The Jacksons, Goin' Places (1977)
- Favorite part: Also the beginning with the Dananananadananananadanananana
12. "Think Happy" by The Jacksons, The Jacksons (1976)
- Favorite part: Isn't that blues guitar awesome? Yes it is.
13. "This Place Hotel" by The Jacksons, Triumph (1980)
- Favorite part: We walked up the stairs still concealing gloom, there were two girls sitting in my room.
14. "Destiny" by The Jacksons, Destiny (1978)
- Favorite part: The guitar intro, but also I want destiny, it's the place for me, yeah yeah
15. "Blues Away" by The Jacksons, The Jacksons (1976)
- Favorite part: You can't take my blues away, no matter what you say, what you say
16. "That's What You Get (For Being Polite)" by The Jacksons, Destiny (1978)
- Favorite part: Thinks he can't get out, somethin' deep inside of him, eatin' up the pride of him

*If you like this disc, please ask me for The Jacksons: Live (1981). I generally prefer studio album versions of songs, but if you like those then you'll love the blood, sweat, and tears that will burst through your speakers from The Jacksons: Live.

Disc Four: The Peak, The Pinnacle, The Practically Perfect (Well, the Also Awesome Songs Surrounding It)

1. "Say Say Say" by Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney, from the latter's album Pipes of Peace (1983)
- Favorite part: Standing here baptized in all my tears
2. "Ease On Down the Road" by Michael Jackson and Diana Ross, The Original Soundtrack to The Wiz (1978)
- Favorite part: And the steps you're taking leave you three, four steps behind
3. "You Can't Win" by Michael Jackson, The Original Soundtrack to The Wiz (1978)
- Favorite part: You can't win child, you can't break even, and you can't get out of the game
4. "Brand New Day" by Michael Jackson and Diana Ross, The Original Soundtrack to The Wiz (1978)
- Favorite part: Skip to 50 seconds in, and let it get under your skin. SO GOOD.
5. "Baby Be Mine" by Michael Jackson, Thriller (1982)
- Favorite part: Warm you in my arms and melt your fears away
6. "Girlfriend" by Michael Jackson, Off the Wall (1979)
- Favorite part: Tell him what you do to me late at night when the wind is free
7. "Working Day and Night" by Michael Jackson, Off the Wall (1979)
- Favorite part: You got me workin' day and night, and I'll be workin' from sun up to midnight
8. "Just Good Friends" by Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder, Bad (1987)
- Favorite part: Before you make a big mistake remembahh that looks can fool you
9. "It's the Falling in Love" by Michael Jackson and Patti Austin, Off the Wall (1979)
- Favorite part: It's only gonna happen again...it's the falling in love...
10. "Get On the Floor" by Michael Jackson, Off the Wall (1979)
- Favorite part: Get up! Wontchagoongetdownshakeyourbodywontchagoongetdown
11. "Burn This Disco Out" by Michael Jackson, Off the Wall (1979)
- Favorite part: So D.J. spins the sounds, there ain't no way that you're gonna sit us down
12. "Liberian Girl" by Michael Jackson, Bad (1987)
- Favorite part: The key change on Liberian girl, you know that you came and you changed my world
13. "Streetwalker" by Michael Jackson, unreleased Bad track (1987)
- Favorite part: The very beginning with the snapping and ooh-oohing. And I never met a girl just like you
14. "Speed Demon" by Michael Jackson, Bad (1987)
- Favorite part: Pull over boy and get your ticket right!
15. "Carousel" by Michael Jackson, unreleased Thriller track (1982)
- Favorite part: I lost my heart on the carousel to a circus girl who left my heart in pieces
16. "Todo Mi Amor Eres Tu (I Just Can't Stop Loving You)" by Michael Jackson and a nice Spanish-singing lady, maybe the original duetist, I don't know....Bad (1987)
- Favorite part: Are you kidding? ALL OF IT. I wish he'd covered all his stuff in Spanish...
17. "Someone in the Dark" by Michael Jackson (recorded around the time of Thriller (1982), but for the E.T. Storybook he narrated)
- Favorite part: It tells you never be afraid
18. "For All Time" by Michael Jackson, unreleased Thriller track (1982)
- Favorite part: If these words couldn't keep you happy, I'd do anything
19. "We Are Here to Change the World" from CAPTAIN EO (1986)
- Favorite part: IT'S CAPTAIN EO!


Disc Five: It's Kind of Like Godfather III, Good In and Of Itself, But Not Compared To What Came Before, And That Much More Depressing

1. "Keep the Faith" by Michael Jackson, Dangerous (1991)
- Favorite part: But the power's in believin'
2. "Come Together" by Michael Jackson, originally by The Beatles, HIStory: Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 (1995)
- Favorite part: One thing I can tell you is you got to be free
3. "Scream" by Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson, HIStory: Greatest Hits, Vol.1 (1995)
- Favorite part: The wicked guitar and then dance solo
4. "Money" by Michael Jackson, HIStory: Greatest Hits, Vol.1 (1995)
- Favorite part: Then watch the ones with the biggest smiles, the idle jabbers...'cause they're the backstabbers
5. "Gone Too Soon" by Michael Jackson, Dangerous (1991)
- Favorite part: I can't even think of one, much less listen to the song right now. (So dramatic, aren't I?)
6. "Childhood" by Michael Jackson, HIStory: Greatest Hits, Vol.1 (1995) (Also from Free Willy 2)
- Favorite part: Another sobfest. This is so autobiographical for him it hurts to listen to it.
7. "Why You Wanna Trip On Me" by Michael Jackson, Dangerous (1991)
- Favorite part: Why, why, whyyyyy?
8. "She Drives Me Wild" by Michael Jackson, Dangerous (1991)
- Favorite part: The rap by Heavy D!
9. "Can't Let Her Get Away" by Michael Jackson, Dangerous (1991)
- Favorite part: If I let her get away, though I'm begging on my knees
10. "Earth Song" by Michael Jackson, HIStory: Greatest Hits, Vol.1 (1995)
- Favorite part: The sing-song at the end, even though it's hugely sad and dark. Though I always like What about elephants? Have we lost their trust? When did elephants trust us?
11. "Smile" by Michael Jackson, HIStory: Greatest Hits, Vol.1 (1995)
- Favorite part: The section before the electric drums come in.
12. "Stranger in Moscow" by Michael Jackson, HIStory: Greatest Hits, Vol.1 (1995)
- Favorite part: How does it feel, how does it feel, how does it feel
13. "This Time Around" by Michael Jackson, HIStory: Greatest Hits, Vol.1 (1995)
- Favorite part: This time around I'm taking no shit.
14. "Give In To Me" by Michael Jackson, Dangerous (1991)
- Favorite part: Love is a feeling, give it when I want it, 'Cause I'm on fire, quench my desire
15. "They Don't Care About Us" by Michael Jackson, HIStory: Greatest Hits, Vol.1 (1995)
- Favorite part: The percussion. Everything else is so sad.


Aren't we so impressed I kept it to 5 discs? The first recipient of this mix is my dearer than dear friend Kristen, who arrives in town today to be my roommate for the next 48 hours. I expect her to listen to nothing else when she drives back home.

2 comments:

Kristen said...

Reaction 1: "OMG, five CDs?!"
Reaction 2: "This is Maryann. I'm shocked there aren't more than five CDs."
Reaction 3: "I'm going to have to drive back and forth to Seattle like four times to listen to these all the way through."

You are amazing.

Maryann said...

And you have to call me after each song to tell me what you think, along with your rating from a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being 'I guess it was OK' and 10 being 'I'll never listen to another song as long as I live.'