There’s a reason why Michael Jackson is widely known as The King Of Pop, and it’s a simple one. His music remains timeless, with many classic singles remaining relevant decades after their initial release. To this day, MJ continues to run numbers, to the point where his Thriller album has been certified once more by the RIAA…
For the thirty-fourth time.
The first bars of “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” are among the most iconic sounds in 20th century pop — that teasing entry beat, those half-whispered StarsWars-esque opening lyrics (“The force, it’s got a lot of power”) and that signature falsetto “Woooh!” that uncorks a whole mess of infectious funk from the horns and percussion. Spike Lee takes us back to the first time we heard that classic in Michael Jackson‘s Journey From Motown to Off the Wall, which continues the director’s admirable bid to reclaim the legacy of an innovative artist whose genius was often unfairly overshadowed in his later years by tabloid attention.
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