Friday, June 26, 2009

Wacko Jacko won't be back-o

The Vinyl Word today says farewell to two of the greats of the last 30 or so years - Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett.
It all started so well for Jacko. Early Motown records and stage performances by the Jackson Five demonstrated Michael's amazing versatility and talent. And although his solo records weren't entirely to my taste, they made him the undisputed King of Pop in the 80s. Thriller will probably remain the top selling album of all time with the coming of the download revolution. I saw Jackson's Bad tour at Wembley Stadium in 1988 and his stage act was something to behold. But of course things were already changing by that time, from the colour of his skin to his increasingly strange behaviour and little boy antics. There was something rather tragic in watching him strive to be something he could never really be. And of course the child abuse allegations never went away. Now in his death we have the beginnings of a new Elvis type phenonema over the cause of his death. Was it pain killers or some other drugs? Not to mention the Jacko jokes. Apparently doctors found a note in his jacket pocket asking that after his death he be melted down and turned into children can still play with him.

Farrah Fawcett will always be Farrah Fawcett-Majors to me, as she was known when she was a Charlie's Angel. The pin up come actress was a teenage fantasy in the seventies but she declined after leaving the show and died aged 62 of cancer. Farewell Farrah.


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