Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Duet Of The Decade - Beat It

Twenty five years ago Michael Jackson released his second album for Epic Records and promptly revolutionised popular music. "Thriller" spent 37 weeks at #1 in the US, spawned 7 top ten hits, earned 8 Grammy awards and sold more than 100 million copies, becoming the highest selling album of all time. In order to commemorate (ie. cash in on) the anniversary of "Thriller", Michael has re-recorded the album with the who's who of urban music including such luminaries as Akon, Kanye West, will.i.am and the holy queen of American pop - Fergie!

As a massive fan of "Thriller", news of the album's ghetto makeover didn't exactly fill me with joy. Songs of this quality don't need polluting by the likes of Cunt-ye West but if that's what it takes for Michael to revive his career, so be it. The recently leaked tracks from "Thriller 25" haven't done much to allay my fears but the album promises at least one gem - Michael's stunning duet with Fergie! The unlikely duo have collaborated on a fabulous update of "Beat It". Once you get past the dawning realisation that Fergie is now part of the "Thriller" legacy, the new "Beat It" is pretty hard to resist. Staying closer to the original than most of the revised tracks, "Beat It" boasts a slightly rocky edge and a memorable vocal from old meth head. I really hope this is a single. "Beat It" still sounds unbelievably fresh and Fergie's presence should ensure a high chart placing. Just imagine the film clip - Michael groping Fergie's lovely lady humps with his discoloured, band-aid covered hands! HOT. Expect to read a lot more about "Thriller 25" as well as an upcoming retrospective on the original album and its amazing singles.

9 comments:

paul @ www.thezapping.com said...

i heard a few of the new "interpretations" of the tracks and remain unimpressed by all of them. However "Cunt-ye West" made me laugh an awful lot, perhaps more so than when i heard someone call Darren Hayes the gay christ. Chuckle...

D'luv said...

This had better be ghetto trag-ulous! I'm shivering with antici......pation as it downloads!

Mike said...

Paul, the new interpretations don't do much for me either (apart from Fergie's stunning cameo on "Beat It") but anything that brings attention to the fabulous originals has to be a good thing.

I hope the song met with your expectations of tragifabulousness, D'Luv!

Dakota said...

piece of crap !

Adem With An E said...

Can Fergie do anything wrong?

NO. SHE CANNOT.

FUCKING AMAZING.

D'luv said...

ATROCITY!!!!!!!!!!

Mike said...

Adem speaks the truth!

I don't get the hate. It's just a cleaned up version of the original with Fergie's vocal spliced in. What's so terrible? If you think that's bad, you guys are going to pass out and die when your hear the Akon and Cuntye tracks!

bubu said...

hey mike! (i'm not dead btw) thanks for the leak, i've only heard the akon thing and the kanye remix so far.

'beat it' is my favourite thriller track by far and, along 'leave me alone', my favo jacko track. well, this 25 anniversary reissue is genious, the bonus tracks and all... the last reissue is still so close, but hey, dannii surely will do it, if she lives enough for a 25 anniversary. maybe a 17 anniversary for her first greatest hits is better...

do you know if they are doing any videos for this new stuff? i want fergie to dance around michael!!

cheers!

Mike said...

I totally think Dannii should update her stunning debut album! What could be better than "I Don't Wanna Take This Pain (Ft. Akon & 50 Cent)"!