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Remembering the Moonwalker

Poll #1421803 Fave MJ/QJ single

What is your favorite #1 single by Michael Jackson from the Quincy Jones years?

Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough
0(0.0%)
Rock with You
0(0.0%)
Billie Jean
0(0.0%)
Beat It
1(16.7%)
We Are the World
0(0.0%)
I Just Can't Stop Loving You
0(0.0%)
Bad
0(0.0%)
The Way You Make Me Feel
1(16.7%)
Man in the Mirror
1(16.7%)
Dirty Diana
0(0.0%)
Other (please post in comments)
3(50.0%)


I had to make the poll question that narrow, because when I started looking at the singles discography, I was like, um, okay, I'm not typing in that many poll options, and Bad is a good place to stop. 1988 is the year I went to college, so I sort of left Michael before his tabloid troubles got really bad. Because of that (and very little access to television during that time), I primarily remember his extraordinary peak, and, while I do respect the perspectives of those who feel differently, I'm good with that.

There's a lot I could write, but right now it feels like half the world's web pages are about Michael Jackson; I can't say anything that hasn't already been said. I feel sad about it for a variety of reasons, but I'll keep things simple and leave it at his music, above.

Speaking of that, I went to the basement to try to excavate my cassette of Thriller. I couldn't locate it, but I did find this. For my younger readers, that's a vinyl 45. :)

As for Farrah Fawcett, the primary memory I have of her is as a poster on the wall of a beach house where my family once stayed when I was very young. I suspect the room (and the poster) belonged to the teenaged son of the family that owned the place.

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guten_morg
Jun. 27th, 2009 07:20 am (UTC)
Remember the Time
cris
Jun. 29th, 2009 02:03 am (UTC)
I was just in high school when "Smooth Criminal" came out and it made a surprisingly deep impression on me.
pointedview
Jun. 29th, 2009 04:35 am (UTC)
I love "Smooth Criminal," too! If it had gone to #1, I'd have had a very tough voting decision. :)
mumpish
Jun. 29th, 2009 11:17 pm (UTC)
I have no idea if it was #1 or not, but I was alwways partial to the McCartney duet, The Girl is Mine.
pointedview
Jun. 30th, 2009 12:26 am (UTC)
It just missed the top slot in 1982; it peaked at #2.
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