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Welp, Michael Jackson died. What can you even say about that? Like many, he was a hero of mine and then he was kind of a monster. It was probably a good learning experience to have to reconcile those two things at a young age. It’s hard for me to feel sad that he died since the guy was clearly in nearly constant emotional pain. Also he maybe molested children.

Anyway, here’s me in March 1985 dressed up as him:

Brad as Michael Jackson

That’s me in my Michael Jackson Thriller jacket (in black – though I wanted the red and black one), a glitter glove (in red, I wanted white like Michael had), a Michael Jackson microphone that I can’t find the name of (“Mr. Microphone”?) – it transmitted your voice to an FM radio station so your voice would come out of the stereo.

And I can’t tell from the crappy quality of the photo if those are my sparkly Michael Jackson socks. Once I wore them ice skating and my feet went numb as the glitter material cut off my circulation. I remember sitting in an arena penalty box, crying as an older kid helped me pry off my skates, revealing my sparkly white Michael Jackson socks. She wasn’t impressed.

Posted on - June 25, 2009 [at] 11:09 pm by Brad
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22 Comments on this post

Korpil on Michael Jackson
June 25, 2009 at 11:17 pm

Great picture, thanks for sharing!

I never accepted his music after Thriller, but that record will always be a great part of what defined my musical tastes.

May he at last, rest in peace, wherever he is.

Lucas Gonze on Michael Jackson
June 25, 2009 at 11:39 pm

It’s hard to get the balance right between what was good and bad about his life… Well said.

One thing about him that doesn’t get enough attention is what a good musician he was. His timing and style were amazing.

Paul on Michael Jackson
June 26, 2009 at 6:27 am

It seemed mj living in a different reality. One where he could have almost anything (clothes, plastic surgery, chimps) but yet one where he was deprived of everyting (loving dad, education, regular siblings). maybe he’s finally found a place he can fit in.

Future Boy on Michael Jackson
June 26, 2009 at 9:37 am

That is the saddest sparkly sock story I have ever heard, but thank you for sharing it.

matt-the-twat on Michael Jackson
June 26, 2009 at 1:28 pm

I can’t imagine you singing MJ Brad.

I think as tribute you should come out with an MJ cover for the coming months :P

estrangedfey on Michael Jackson
June 26, 2009 at 11:53 pm

I want sparkly white Micheal Jackson socks

Tito on Michael Jackson
June 29, 2009 at 9:17 am

Since MJ was about 90% plastic instead of burying him they should melt him down into Legos so the kids can get a chance to play with him for a change!

A round of Jesus Juice for everyone!

pray on Michael Jackson
June 29, 2009 at 10:28 am

Tito, you’re an ignorant asshole. I understand that is hard to love MJ, but it’s even harder not to love him. I mean, the man was a genius, a whole different level of a human being. Plus, it’s really inappropriate to insult the man after his death. Respect is the least he deserves. He was controversial, but he was one of the greatest musicians in the history of music. I advise you not to forget that. Keep the hating for yourself, if you so desire to tell bad things about him.

avalanched on Michael Jackson
June 30, 2009 at 3:16 pm

I laughed at the sock story… then I wept. Always the full gamut with you!

wat the hell on Michael Jackson
July 1, 2009 at 5:31 am

wat the hell u r saying…… u think people r so stupid tat they will belive u tat u r wearin michael jackson’s jackson

Y. Gagarin on Michael Jackson
July 1, 2009 at 12:22 pm

believe that hes wearing michael jacksons what?

Saganhill on Michael Jackson
July 7, 2009 at 7:57 am

Whilst trying not to sound hateful, I cant understand how so many people think this guy is talented? He stole his moves from other more talented entertainers from the 50’s and 60’s. His music was average drivel and his talent was always questionable.

Maybe that’s why he only appealed to children and tone-deaf teens.

Stevie Wonder, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrex, Sam Cook, I could list all day… all are much better singer song writers and better performers than MJ would ever dream. But these people also appealed to a more adult audience.

MJ is only seemed to appeal to children. Scary eh? Maybe they were right about his pedophile existence?

Jason on Michael Jackson
July 7, 2009 at 9:13 am

Tone-deaf teens? are you serious?

MJ was a freak, and small children around the world are safer now without him,
but there is no doubt that the man was incredibly talented.
As for tone-deaf, the man had perfect pitch.
And “Better” is entirely subjective.
The musicians you mentioned were not “Better” they were just different, and you appreciate their music more than MJ’s.
There is nothing wrong with that, but call it what it is.
Every musician you listed was influenced, inspired, and some could argue ripped-off artists who came before him.
It’s just the way musicians work.
Inspiration borrows, genius steals.

Saganhill on Michael Jackson
July 7, 2009 at 12:40 pm

Yes, Im serious. I have been a musician for 35 years and I can tell you that teens for the past 20 or so years have no ear for music. The only thing that impresses teens seem to be only style–no substance.

All the artist I listed had no rivals to say they ripped off. Lennon and the Beatles were inspired by Elvis and Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf and others. They didnt rip them off like MJ ripped off other music talents. Sort of like Rap and hiphop today. Those idiots rip off others music blantantly in the form of sampling. Even so-called rock bands like the Verve did it and payed the price.

Sure, as a musician you can be inspired by other musicians but if you properly do the research about MJ and see where the moonwalk actually came from and all the other pops and farts he put on vinyl you will see a pattern.

Mj never grew up. And his talent can be all explained away in the recording room. Just as they play it back in concert and he lip-syncs to it. Big freakin deal…

He (MJ) is not a hero and he cheapens the word when used with his name. He did nothing for society except show what a true nutcase he was. He desrves none of the time he is getting on CNN or any of the other news venues. I think Ed Mcmahon and Farrha had more talent than he did and his death at the same time as theirs robs them of the attention they deserve!

Matt on Michael Jackson
July 7, 2009 at 3:59 pm

I hope I don’t become like you after ’35 years of music experience’ Saganhill. The fact that you generalize so vastly when it’s clear you won’t have known every teenager for the last 20 years around the globe nullifies your whole post in my view.
As already stated, most peoples music doesn’t touch everyone, and some no-one. People have different tastes.
You are not some kind of music guru who tells people what music is good and what music is bad. The self-importance of the way you made your points is embarrassing.
As for your comment about how MJ did nothing for society… he did a ridiculous amount. Ignoring the fact that people all over the world love his music, he also was one of the first black entertainers to be accepted by the wider world which some could say, paved the way for black entertainers everywhere to be accepted. Not only this, but he donated record amounts for a pop-star to charity. If you make half as much of an impact on society as him then you too would be a ‘hero’.

yessir on Michael Jackson
July 7, 2009 at 4:31 pm

Dear Saganhill, I wholeheartedly agree with Matt.

Ernesto on Michael Jackson
July 8, 2009 at 12:22 am

He sucks i dont even know why anyone cares. we dont have to see his ugly face anymore and anyone that thinks hes a hero is ignorant and just plain stupid….

Jason on Michael Jackson
July 8, 2009 at 8:53 am

Well, Saganhill.. All I can say is that it sounds like you are having trouble separating MJ’s talent from his personal life.
I agree that he was a complete freak of nature.
He was a very very broken man, and was most likely a pedophile..
But I also believe he was extremely talented.
Probably more talented than most of the musicians you mentioned.. Even though I would rather listen to them than MJ…

And the way you talk about his stuff, likening it to rap/hip-hop.. I have to wonder if you are even familiar with MJ’s music?

Ya kinda sound like one of those crotchety old men who thinks the only musicians that had any sort of talent were the ones making music back when HE was a kid..

Ernesto on Michael Jackson
July 8, 2009 at 12:13 pm

ok you say he probably was a pedophile then how can he be a hero?? and i never said that he wasnt talented but when you say he was a freak of nature and he probably was a pedophile then how can you even care about him being talented?

Matt on Michael Jackson
July 8, 2009 at 3:50 pm

He had three kids. He never really had a childhood having started his career at the age of 5 and having had his dad assault him. For that reason he was very childlike himself trying to recapture the youth he missed and was also very close to children for their innocent and happy outlook on life without responsibility. He has had some very dodgy claims made against him but he was never found guilty of anything, and I can’t imagine a father of three also being a pedophile without molesting their own kids? I don’t know all the facts, but neither I would imagine do you, and the courts cleared him. Someone shown to be innocent of crimes is not a criminal. It’s a shame that he is tarred with that brush no matter what the outcome.

jason Morris on Michael Jackson
July 8, 2009 at 10:05 pm


I think you are reading in to what I am saying..

I never said he was a hero. I think he was a freak.
But he was an extremely talented freak.

And Matt,

No, nothing was proven in court.. any more than it was proven OJ killed his wife..
But a huge sum of money was paid to keep the kid quiet..
and it was shown the man gave kids “jesus Juice” and he flat out admitted to sharing a bed with children..
that’s just plain weird man.. no matter how you slice it.

Ernesto on Michael Jackson
July 8, 2009 at 11:02 pm

I know and i think that it dont matter if the courts didnt prove he was guilty how many cases do you know that the “justice system” has let the criminal go free even though they had so much evidence… I agree he was a very talented person but i dont care even if your the most famous person in the world… like jason said you admit that you share a bed with children then you belong in prison….

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