2009-07-13

Why I Love Jay Smooth-Michael Jackson





This video was groundbreaking and very big budget for the time. Imagine that it took MTV two years to decide to play this, because the Jacksons were a black singing group. MTV isn't as cutting edge as it made itself out to be.

6 comments:

Phi Sister said...

These sound effects are killing the song for me. This is my first time watching it (I didn't know that this kind of music video went back that far) though and even though it's over about 30 years old, it's still impressive. What stations used to play videos back in the day? Where would these things air? (Help a young'n out)!

Mr. Noface said...

Yeah, MTV has been full of crap from its inception, while the artists like the Jacksons (Michael especially of course) that began making videos to support the new medium were the true groundbreaking visionaries.

Siditty said...

Believe it or not, BET. NBC had Friday Night Videos. The Midnight Special with Wolfman Jack was also helpful. America's Top 10 with Casey Kasem (the voice of Shaggy from Scooby Doo) also an option. Other places to be exposed to music, American Bandstand, Solid Gold, Soul Train,and Dance Party USA.

Siditty said...

Do you remember how crappy music videos used to be. Seriously, the budgets were dismal, the plots translucent, and the acting horrible.

Examples:

Harden My Heart

Physical

Cars

I ran

Jeopardy

Centerfold

Phi Sister said...

okay. I actually have heard/seen of most of these things. Especially Casey Kasem (who just retired from his final top 40 radio show). I am glad I'm old enough to remember when BET was still reputable.

HoneeB said...

Jay Smooth deserves a standing "O" for this, he really does. He was able to effectively articulate the triumph and tragedy of Micheal Jackson in a way that no one has done so far.