I can't see myself ever listening to Michael on my own ever again and it makes me sad
Posted by A.h. on 8/7/2017, 9:53 pm, in reply to "Michael Jackson @ Motown 25, 1983"
Michael was the MAN when I was a kid. He was my introduction to music fandom at the age of 8. He was as close to absolute pop dominance and mainstream unanimity as anyone would ever get -- his music crossed all demographics, all formats, and his accomplishments demanded respect. It's impossible to overstate how crucial of a role he played in the culture at the time. Nobody we have today could possibly ever come close. Bruno Mars is the pale shadow of a pale shadow of a pale shadow. Technically, his music should mean a lot more to than it does. But I'm totally burned out on the hits by this point, the non-hits hew more closely to "safe" than they do to "weird", and I just can't get with the man as an icon. His narrative is too bogged down in scandal, ridiculousness and tragedy. And musically, he had nothing on the likes of Marvin and Stevie.
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