Episode 046 – Dangerous 25 Roundtable (Part 2)

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Welcome to the second and final instalment of our Dangerous 25 Roundtable shows. Sonically groundbreaking, spiritually profound, sexually provocative and socially conscious, Dangerous exploded onto the music market on November 26th, 1991, taking Michael to new global audiences and cementing his position not only as the King of Pop, but an artist willing to illuminate and challenge some of the world’s most important issues. In many ways, the album is relevant now more than ever. To celebrate twenty-five years of this masterpiece, The MJCast has brought together a roundtable panel of authors, academics and researchers – all mega fans.

Q, Elizabeth, Mike, James, Andy & Samar begin the show by discussing Michael’s appearances and performances during the Dangerous era followed by an analysis of Sony’s Dangerous 25 campaign. The panel members also discusses Michael’s style during the period and their favourite Dangerous era memories before closing the show out with a discussion around how the Dangerous album holds up in Michael’s discography today.

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Topics

  • Dangerous appearances and performances
  • Dangerous style
  • Memories from the era
  • How does Dangerous hold up today?

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Episodio 007 – Especial Dangerous 25

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En  este episodio especial de The MJCast en Español, celebramos y analizamos el impacto musical y cultural del album Dangerous a 25 años de su lanzamiento. Ale, Sandra, Jason y Marisa (Blues Away) te llevarán de la mano en un interesante recorrido canción por canción lleno de información y anécdotas curiosas.

Publicado el 26 de Noviembre de 1991, Dangerous marcó dos sucesos muy importantes en la carrera de Michael Jackson: el final de la mancuerna con Quincy Jones, y el inicio de la búsqueda de una identidad propia y más madura, no solo en cuanto a la música sino también al mensaje que en ella se expresaba. Este álbum está plagado de una diversidad musical y de contenido de emociones tal que permiten conocer la psique y el alma de su autor, de una forma que hasta entonces no nos habríamos imaginado poder hacer. Con Dangerous, Michael Jackson demostró que El Rey del Pop era simplemente un vehículo para llevarnos a través de un viaje, no solo de escapismo, sino de búsqueda. Interna y externa. Social y personal. Física y espiritual. Individual y universal. Fue un camino amarillo para ir a ver al Mago, quien todo el tiempo nos miraba a través de una máscara, demostrándonos que detrás de todo ese circo había una persona de carne y hueso que tenía muchas cosas que decir. Representó el llamado al cual muchos respondimos, con el que nos identificamos, y con el que pasamos del “blanco y negro” al tecnicolor.

Simbólicamente, el sonido del vidrio quebrándose en Jam anunciaba la entrada de Michael Jackson en la nueva década, abrupta y violenta, pero de manera necesaria para despertarnos. Michael se volvió más abierto a hablar sobre lo que realmente le importaba, levantó su voz por aquellos que no son escuchados, usó su poder para hacer visible lo que no se quería ver. Para quienes crecimos viendo al artista más influyente de los últimos tiempos cambiar de negro a blanco ante la atónita mirada del mundo, el concepto de raza tiene una connotación totalmente diferente. La identidad de una persona no está en su piel, ni en su color ni en su apariencia, está en sus ideas, en sus sentimientos. Esto para muchos, resulta “Peligroso”.

Dangerous fue la última oportunidad que el mundo tuvo de escuchar a Michael Jackson sin prejuicios, y posteriormente ya nada fue igual. Pagó un alto precio por sus ideales, y es por eso que le debemos el realmente escuchar su mensaje. “Quiero que viva por siempre”, decía Michael sobre el álbum en 1991. Hoy, 25 años después de haber sido escuchado por primera vez, su mensaje está más vivo que nunca.

Temas Principales

  • Nuestro primer contacto con Dangerous
  • Que significa Dangerous
  • Las canciones del album
  • Los short films

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Episode 045 – Dangerous 25 Roundtable (Part 1)

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Twenty-five years ago today Michael Jackson released perhaps his most important album… Dangerous. Sonically groundbreaking, spiritually profound, sexually provocative and socially conscious, Dangerous exploded onto the music market on November 26th, 1991, taking Michael to new global audiences and cementing his position not only as the King of Pop, but an artist willing to illuminate and challenge some of the world’s most important issues. In many ways, the album is relevant now more than ever. To celebrate twenty-five years of this masterpiece, The MJCast has brought together a roundtable panel of authors, academics and researchers – all mega fans.

Q, Elizabeth, Mike, James, Andy & Samar begin the show by giving brief introductions as to who they are and their early experiences with the Dangerous album, followed by an exploration into the album’s groundbreaking sound. Next, the panel delves into the album’s masterpiece cover art by Mark Ryden, an analysis of the song and video Black Or White and the lyrical messages within Dangerous. The show finishes up with a discussion around the short films for the album. Stay tuned for Part 2 of this Roundtable as we continue our celebrations of Dangerous 25!

Participants

Topics

  • The sound of Dangerous
  • The Dangerous album cover
  • Black Or White
  • The lyrical messages of Dangerous
  • Dangerous’ short films

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Episode 044 – World Music Awards 2006 10th Anniversary Special

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When I realised that the 10th anniversary of Michael’s appearance at the 2006 World Music Awards was fast approaching, I contacted Jamon and Q to suggest they include a segment about it in an upcoming episode. They replied suggesting I should make my own stand-alone episode, over which I would have complete creative control. It was a scary prospect – I am far from being the techno-whizz Jamon is, and it’s fair to say my attempts to record and edit his episode have been haphazard. Two interviews had to be completely re-recorded due to technical failures, the causes of which I have yet to discern and doubt I ever shall.

But despite the technological trauma, this has been an exciting project. The awards ceremony – and its aftermath – have troubled me ever since they occurred. A few years ago I told my own story in a blog entry, so with this show I knew immediately what I wanted to do; interview others who attended the ceremony and let them tell their own stories.

For too long, the dominant story about the World Music Awards has been one which was simply not true. The lie that Michael was booed off stage has been immortalised in at least one substantial biography. My hope is that this show might become a reference point for those wishing to write about or investigate the event in the future.

This show retraces my blog entry to some extent, but includes brand new research, as well as excerpts from four exclusive interviews I have conducted in the last month. My interviewees for this show were Michael’s former manager Raymone Bain, his long-time photographer Harrison Funk, and two long-time UK fans, Angela Kande and Greg Spinks.

Each was incredibly candid and generous with their time, for which I am extremely grateful. Some of their revelations and observations are really very poignant – particularly Raymone’s story about trying to find somebody who would present Michael with his award, which paints a truly sad picture of Michael’s post-acquittal existence. A lot of these stories are ones I have never heard told anywhere else. The interviewees do not all share the same recollections on certain matters, but where they contradict one another I have ensured both points of view are reflected.

All four contributors were incredibly engaging and any one of their interviews could have been released in full on its own merit (but for the extensive damage inflicted on the audio by my ham-fisted recording efforts). Some brilliant stories and observations were sadly left on the proverbial cutting room floor, purely because they diverted from the trajectory of the episode (or because I didn’t record them properly).

Perhaps on the 20th anniversary of the ceremony I will release a director’s cut. Or perhaps, as a homage to Sony, I’ll wait and release the 20th anniversary re-release on the 23rd anniversary, with no new content at all, and in inferior audio quality, with all the best bits of Raymone’s interview remixed by Pitbull so they don’t make sense anymore.

I hope you all enjoy the episode. Let’s spread some truth.

Huge thanks to Jamon and Q for this amazing and exhausting opportunity.

Charles Thomson.

Links

Harrison Funk is releasing a 10th anniversary World Music Awards photo box set, containing several exclusive images he took at the ceremony. Anybody wishing to contact him about purchasing one can do so via the email form at www.harrisonfunk.com.

Angela Kande is the author of ‘Legacy’, a spoken word poem about the Michael Jackson fan community, which can be found here.

Charles Thomson’s original blog about the World Music Awards can be read here.

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Episodio 006 – Especial de Brad Sundberg

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¡El seminario “In The Studio With MJ” de Brad Sundberg viene a México! Y en este episodio te contamos todos los detalles. Brad es un ingeniero de sonido que tuvo el privilegio de trabajar durante casi 20 años como Director Técnico para Michael Jackson, formando parte y atestiguando la magia de la creación de legendarios álbumes como Bad, Dangerous y History. Desde sus comienzos como ayudante en el estudio durante la producción de “Captain Eo”, hasta su participación clave de la creación de Neverland tal y como Michael lo deseaba, Brad pudo conocer directamente no sólo a Michael Jackson, el genio creativo, sino a lo que el llama “uno de los tipos más agradables y amables que he conocido”.

“In The Studio With MJ” es el seminario que desde hace 3 años ha recorrido más de 80 ciudades en 12 países, y ahora visita por primera vez la Ciudad de México (11 y 12 de Noviembre). Bajo el lema de “ve cosas que nunca has visto, escucha cosas que nunca has escuchado, conoce cosas que no sabías”, Brad promete llevarnos en un emocionante viaje a donde todo comenzó, la música.

Acompáñanos y disfruta de esta cálida entrevista en la que podrás poner un pie dentro del estudio y conocer a fondo no solo al artista, sino a la persona que Michael Jackson fue para Brad Sundberg, o mejor dicho “really really Brad”, como Michael lo llamaba.

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Episodio 005 – Especial Thriller Night

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Resumen del Show

Para celebrar la época del año en que se escucha a Michael Jackson y Thriller por todos lados, hemos preparado para ustedes nuestro primer Especial Thriller Night de The MJCast en Español. En las noticias, te contamos sobre la publicación de un libro de los Jackson 5 para celebrar los 50 años de su primer grabación, y de la nueva versión de Thriller que saldrá en 2017. Como tema principal revisamos la temática de horror que Michael abordó de manera recurrente a lo largo de su carrera, recapitulamos el contexto histórico y el impacto que estas obras tuvieron a nivel cultural y en la industria musical.

Noticias

Tema principal

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Episode 043 – Thriller Night Special feat. CJ DeVillar

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Happy Thriller Night! To celebrate Halloween 2016, Q and Jamon are joined by host of fellow Michael Jackson podcast Moonwalk Talks, Jankins along with bassist, studio engineer and MJ collaborator CJ DeVillar. CJ collaborated with Michael on a range of songs including the unreleased and authentic version of Monster (which we discuss in detail on this episode), Blue Gangsta, A Place With No Name, Break of Dawn and multiple tracks on the HIStory album.

To kick things off, Jamon and Q spring an impromptu interview on Jankins, followed by a discussion around all the latest news in the MJ world. Topics include the recent and unfortunate passing of Thriller songwriter Rod Temperton, a new Michael Jackson project as revealed by John Landis and Nick Amideo’s Monster Movie Mash video. The team then discuss Travis DeRose’ marathon moonwalk across Europe, a competition around Smooth Criminals – The Songs of Michael Jackson and a new dance video set to Black or White. The news is capped off through an update on the Sony/ATV acquisition and a brand new book coming from The Jacksons called The Jacksons: Legacy. The main discussion topic for this episode is a chronological exploration into Michael’s horror themed work.

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Main Discussion Topic

Finds of the Week

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Episode 042 – Michael Jackson & Prince Roundtable (Part 2)

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Welcome to part two of our Michael Jackson & Prince roundtable discussion, a new format for The MJCast which a panel of expert participants discuss a particular topic in depth. For this second and concluding episode, returning guest Paul Black continues moderating our discussion around the two legendary entertainers, Prince and Michael Jackson. Participants again include Samar of The Michael Jackson Academia Project, Casey Rain and Kim Camilia of The Violet Reality, Charles Thomson, Jamon Bull of The MJCast and of course, Paul Black. Beginning with an exploration into the participants personal experiences with Michael Jackson and Prince, Paul then leads us in a comparative discussion around the unfortunate deaths of both artists, their commitment to challenging expectations in a corrupt entertainment industry and finally their impacts on culture, style and fashion.

Participants

Topics

  • Our personal experiences with Michael Jackson and Prince
  • The deaths of Prince and Michael Jackson
  • Artistic independence (challenging the industry)
  • Cultural impact
  • Michael and Prince as style/fashion icons

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Episodio 004 – Rod With You

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En este episodio de The MJCast en Español, tenemos el gusto de recibir a Rodrigo desde la Patagonia Argentina y para toda la blogósfera. Rodrigo nos cuenta el comienzo de su historia como fan cuando fue a ver Moonwalker al cine. Recordamos al gran Rod Temperton, quien falleció el pasado 5 de Octubre dejándonos el gran legado que produjo su talento en la música. Repasamos las noticias más recientes que incluyen el reconocimiento del mensaje humanitario de Michael Jackson por parte del Presidente de Ghana, la finalización de la compra del catálogo ATV por parte de Sony, y la publicación del tan esperado libro “The Dangerous Philosophies of Michael Jackson”, de Elizabeth Amisu. Acompáñanos en este muy musical episodio y disfruta la increíble historia que Rodrigo tiene para contarnos sobre el Dangerous World Tour en Argentina.

Noticias

Tema principal

La historia de Rodrigo

  • Video favorito: Smooth Criminal
  • ¿Cuál es tu disco Favorito? HIStory
  • ¿Cuál es tu tour favorito? Bad World Tour
  • ¿Cuál es tu canción favorita? Billie Jean

Homenaje a la carrera musical de Rod Temperton

  • Boogie Nights – Heatwave
  • Stomp – The Brothers Johnson
  • Off The Wall – Michael Jackson
  • Rock With You – Michael Jackson
  • Burn This Disco Out – Michael Jackson
  • Give Me The Night – George Benson
  • Thriller – Michael Jackson
  • Baby Be Mine – Michael Jackson
  • The Lady In My Life – Michael Jackson
  • Someone In The Dark – Michael Jackson
  • Love Is In Control – Donna Summer
  • Sweet Freedom – Michael McDonald
  • Yah-mo be there – Michael McDonald y James Ingram
  • The Color Purple Soundtrack – Quincy Jones
  • Baby Come To Me – Patti Austin y James Ingram
  • Groove of Midnight – Siedah Garret
  • The Secret Garden – Barry White, James Ingram, El Debarge, Al B. Sure
  • The Dude – Quincy Jones
  • The Spice Of Life -Manhattan Transfer
  • Mystery – Manhattan Transfer

Hallazgos de la semana

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Episode 041 – Michael Jackson & Prince Roundtable (Part 1)

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Welcome to the first roundtable episode of The MJCast, a format in which a panel of expert participants discuss a particular topic in depth. For this debut roundtable, returning guest Paul Black moderates a discussion around two legendary entertainers, Prince and Michael Jackson. Participants include Samar of The Michael Jackson Academia Project, Casey Rain and Kim Camilia of The Violet Reality, Charles Thomson, Jamon Bull of The MJCast and as mentioned, Paul Black. Beginning with an exploration into the participants own experiences and views on both artists, Paul then takes the conversation in the direction of Prince and Michael’s individual strengths as recording artists and live performers, all while exploring their similarities, differences and awareness of each other.

Participants

Topics

  • Our own views and experiences around Michael Jackson and Prince
  • Sexuality
  • Studio musicianship
  • Live performance

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