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Video of the Week: “Bad” by Michael Jackson July 4, 2009

I’m starting this new thing on my blog called “Video of the Week”.  I originally wanted to do a “Top 20 Coolest Music Videos Ever” post, but this idea proved too complicated when I realized:

1.  There are just way too many cool music videos out there to narrow them down to just 20.  And then there’s the ordeal of putting them in order.  Oh, the horror!

2.  New cool videos come out all the time, and every week or so I come across a handful of awesome videos on YouTube or Fuse or whatever that I was never aware of, meaning the list would soon become outdated.

3.  There’s also a question of whether a video qualifies as “cool” just because I find it enjoyable.  One of my favorite videos ever is Mick Jagger and David Bowie’s cover of “Dancing in the Street”, but I hesitate to refer to two badly dressed, middle-aged (albeit talented, iconic, and in most other situations, cool as anything) Brits dancing cheesily around what looks like an abandoned warehouse as “cool”.  Amusing, yes.  Legendary, maybe.  But “cool” just doesn’t seem to be the right word for it.


So I’ve decided instead to feature a post every week on a video that I’ve been digging lately or that has some significance relating to the time of year (i.e., around Christmas, I might feature the video for “Father Christmas” by The Kinks.  That’s a big “might,” so don’t hold me to it.  I don’t want any die-hard Kinks fans complaining that they didn’t get their “Father Christmas” this year when Christmas rolls around). These videos can be brand new, or older than “Bohemian Rhapsody” (and you kids thought that was the first music video, didn’t you?  Clearly you’ve never seen the video for “Subterranean Homesick Blues”), they could be totally cliché music videos that just about everyone and their grandmother has seen (i.e. “Oops, I Did it Again” by Britney Spears.  Though that’s a bad example, because I’m pretty sure I’ll never wind up using that one for “Video of the Week.”  And anyway, I know for a fact that my grandmother has never seen it.  Then again, I doubt she’s ever seen any music videos), or some totally obscure music video that may or may not have a cult following consisting entirely of me and a handful of college friends (i.e. “Tape Song” by The Kills — which I will almost certainly be featuring as “Video of the Week” at some point).


So now, without further ado, I have chosen, as my first ever video of the week, “Bad” by Michael Jackson.  I don’t think I really need to explain the reasoning behind this one.  Well, maybe just a little, for those of you who are wondering why I chose this instead of “Thriller” or “Scream” or “Billie Jean” or whatever your favorite Jacko video may be.  I chose this one because…well…none of the other ones were directed by Martin Scorsese, hmm, were they?  And that, my friends, is enough for me.  Besides, I find that “Scream” made a terrific error in not including color, and let’s just say I might be saving “Thriller” for a more…fitting occasion, if you catch my drift (*cough* the time of year when you dress up like someone else and ask virtual strangers for candy and watch loads of Tim Burton movies *cough*).  Besides, “Bad” has one of the funniest — and quite possibly the most vaguely disturbing — Weird Al parodies ever, with “Fat”.  So enjoy the following videos (hey, it was a real pain in the neck to find “Bad” in full on YouTube, so you’ll just have to deal with it being split into two parts), forgive me for my sudden crankiness (it’s late at night, after all, and I’ve also gone days without watching The Mighty Boosh for the sake of my own sanity and am now suffering from serious Boosh withdrawal), and remember that even though the King of Pop is no longer with us, his influence is immortal.

Part 1:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7n8LHOgg0U

Part 2:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b34OpbG7Res&feature=related


And if any of you need some comic relief, I’ve also included a link to Weird Al’s parody: