For me, this is perfect Saturday music. It makes me want to move…
It is taken from the late, great Micheal Jackson’s classic 1982 album Thriller, which has to one of the greatest records ever made. The video is rather spectacular too, showcasing Jackson at the height of his powers.
I am a little wary of over posting Van Morrison (especially having posted another live version of his only a few weeks ago), it is apparent that my regard for his work is probably higher than most. However, one of the things I have tried to achieve through this blog is to document my musical taste and the journeys it takes me on and over the past few weeks Van’s live work is something I have been mining heavily. He is the most masterful performer I know.
Even though Madonna seems to have rather turned into a parody of herself in recent times, I can’t help but listen to her music from back in the day and give it up to her. She definitely had some musical game.
Oh 80’s Madonna, where did is all go wrong?…
Madonna circa 1985:
I was reminded of The Blues Brothers recently and what an utterly classic movie it is. John Belushi and Dan Akroyd are so talented, and they managed to assemble a pretty starry array of soul greats to make cameo appearances.
While there are lots of strong musical performances (James Brown as a maniacal preacher is another particular highlight) and despite the fact that it isn’t the definitive version of the track (I posted Solomon Burke a while back) this, for me, is the high point of the movie. Jake and Elwood know how to move! Also, I particularly enjoy it when they give a shout out to the representatives of the Illinois Law Enforcement Community…
The Blues Brothers: