Episode 064 – Vincent Paterson Special

Choreographer Vincent Patterson was at Michael Jackson’s side for many of the key moments which helped cement his status as an entertainment legend, first working with Michael as an assistant choreographer and lead dancer on the pioneering Beat It and Thriller music video shoots. When it came time to devise the videos for Michael’s next album, Bad, Vincent was brought back into the fold, working on the short films for The Way You Make Me Feel, Speed Demon, Dirty Diana and Smooth Criminal.

But it wasn’t just short films he collaborated on with Michael. He also helped shape some of the most historic live performances of Michael’s career, from directing the Bad World Tour to helping to choreograph Michael’s 1988 Grammy Awards performance.

Vincent’s association with Michael continued throughout the 1990s. He choreographed for the Black or White music video and Michael’s MTV 10th anniversary performance, helped devise Michael’s groundbreaking Superbowl half-time show and directed the Blood on the Dance Floor music video.

Today he joins Jamon and Q to discuss Michael Jackson as both an artist and a man, explaining their collaborative working process and telling the stories behind some of pop culture’s most historic moments. He also discusses his involvement in the documentary, The Man Behind the Throne, which is the focus of his work with Michael Jackson, Madonna and other celebrities.

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Episodio 008 – Especial de Dangerous 25 (Parte 2)

¡Bienvenidos a la continuación del Especial de Dangerous 25! En este episodio vamos a descubrir el “lado B” de Dangerous. Ale, Jason y Sandra recapitularán algunos de los momentos icónicos de la era Dangerous en televisión, incluyendo algunas de las presentaciones más memorables como el Super Bowl, la entrevista de Oprah y el discurso de aceptación del Grammy Legend Award. También hablaremos sobre el libro Dancing The Dream y las canciones que no terminaron formando parte del album. Por último, nuestros dos invitados de lujo (Aldo de México y Rodrigo de Argentina) nos compartirán su experiencia como asistentes al Dangerous World Tour en México y Argentina.

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Episodio 007 – Especial de Dangerous 25 (Parte 1)

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.

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  • 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!

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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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Episode 036 – The Other Bernie Sanders

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Episode 036 of The MJCast is dedicated to Scott Devlin who recently passed away after a brave battle with cancer. We hope you are at peace now, Scott. Our thoughts are with your family. Michael-on forever, our MJ brother…

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Ale and her friend Marisa with Michael Jackson collaborators Brad Buxer, Michael Prince, Brian Vibberts and Brad Sundberg at the recent MJU experience.

Jamon and Q are joined by Mexican mega-fan Ale Huerta to cover all the latest MJ news. Jamon, Q & Ale kick things off by talking about The MJCast’s recent interview with The Journal of Michael Jackson Academic Studies, Sean Lennon’s bizarre new song  which references Michael Jackson’s relationship with Bubbles the chimp and Janet Jackson’s new photoshoot for Emirates Woman. Following this, the group discusses Susan Fast’s book Michael Jackson’s Dangerous (33 1/3) winning a major literary award, the new Omer Bhatti and Prince Jackson music video for Automatic and new music by Taryll Jackson of 3T. Next, Sony Music Japan’s re-release of Michael Jackson and The Jackson’s music catalogue on Blu-Spec CD 2, the Cascio family are back at it again with unreleased MJ music being auctioned off and blockbuster developments in the case that Eddie Cascio is named in. The group also discuss a range of new seminars and conventions coming featuring Michael Jackson collaborators such as LaVelle Smith Jr., Bruce Swedien and Vincent Patterson before moving into talking about a range of new photo, music and video leaks featuring Michael Jackson. The major discussion topic for this week is all around Ale’s recent trip to Brad Sundberg‘s MJU seminars, Michael’s final resting place at Forrest Lawn and Neverland Valley Ranch.

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  • Ale’s recent trip to Brad Sundberg‘s MJU experience, Michael’s final resting place at Forrest Lawn and Neverland Valley Ranch. You can also see video from the trip here and here.

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Episode 034 – June 25th Special feat. Kevin Stea

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Seven years ago today on June 25th, 2009 the King of Pop, Michael Jackson tragically and unexpectedly passed away amidst preparations and rehearsals for his final live concert tour, This Is It. For fans around the world, the pain still lingers on… It’s times like today the fan community comes together to remember, honour and reflect on the magical life that was Michael Jackson’s and the love and timeless art he gave to the world.

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World renowned dancer, singer, actor, model, director and choreographer Kevin Stea joins us on this special episode to celebrate Michael’s life and to reflect on his time working with the King of Pop. Kevin collaborated with Michael on the Black or White and Blood on the Dance Floor short films and also the MTV 10th Anniversary Special. Not only has Kevin worked with Michael Jackson but he’s also worked extensively with other industry luminaries such as Prince, Madonna, Rihanna, George Michael, David Bowie, Lady Gaga and many, many more.

Following a conversation with Kevin, Q, Jamon and guest host Paul Black explore Paul’s experiences in Los Angeles prior to Michael’s death in 2009 and during the week leading up his Memorial before handing over to some of our listeners to discuss how Michael should be remembered. Thank-you to all contributors who submitted audio. We are also honoured to have been able to use this episode as a way to debut a beautiful spoken word poem by Angela Kande Forever and the brand new Remixed by Nick* Michael Jackson track Jam (Nick* Redux).

For fans who are struggling during this time of year, we hope this episode acts as a way for you to connect with other MJ fans around the world. In this episode there are moments of joy and moments of sadness, but through it all, remember that we are all fans of Michael. We will carry on his message of love and positivity as a way of honouring his memory and everything that he gave to the world. Together we will Michael on.

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Episode 025 – Right Place, Right Time… Black Magic

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On this episode of The MJCast, there’s plenty of news and discussion on Michael Jackson and the Jackson family. Jamon and Q are joined by Paul Black, a long time Michael Jackson fan and Q’s first ever ‘MJ mate’. Paul’s been fortunate to have had some great Michael Jackson experiences, both here in Australia and in Los Angeles, including meeting Michael, doubling for Michael, and singing a Michael Jackson song on stage with none other than the legendary PrinceIn this episode, the guys talk about Miguel’s performance of She’s Out of My Life at the Grammy’s, some rough cut Captain EO leaks, more ‘making of’ footage leaks from the set of Black or White and Ghosts, a new snippet of Michael Jackson’s Ghosts (including never before heard ad lib vocals), the passing of Jackson family friend Majestik Magnificent, Donald Trump’s ‘interesting’ thoughts on his friendship with Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson’s future performance at the Dubai World Cup, why the Michael Jackson Estate is suing the owner of KingOfPop.com and Quincy Jones‘ lawsuit against the Estate and Sony going to trial in June.

This episode’s main discussion topic is all around friend of the show Paul Black and his experiences with Michael Jackson, seeing Michael live and even meeting him.Thanks so much for listening to the internet’s premiere podcast on all things Michael Jackson and the Jackson family. We hope you enjoy this episode of The MJCast!

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