Billie Jean:

Let’s take a journey back in time to watch the “King of Pop” at his zenith, performing his groundbreaking hit song “Billie Jean” (1983). I don’t know what is more entertaining, listening to the song’s entrancing beat or following the audiences reaction to his dance moves. It’s a frenzy, not on a Beatles level, but still a frenzy.

Gosh, darn, why those brazen pelvic trusts and sparkly white glove? I could do without them, but over all, his flashy style stands the test of time. He’s a handsome 25 year-old here, and has yet to make a full descent into the land of weird.

Strip the song of its repetitive bassline and what is created is something entirely different. Many “Billie Jean” remakes have been performed, but here a few noteworthy viral hits:

The Civil Wars
David Cook
Michael Henry & Justin Robinett
Aloe Blacc

I prefer “The Civil Wars” version because of their lyrical playfulness.

The King of Pop is dead, but his influence lives.


Posted on November 30, 2013, in Culture. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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