Michael Jackson: A Life?

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  • philipmatthews,

    Adding to Tom's list, for those who remember the NME in its glory years: Steven Wells. Sadly, I doubt a Jackson/Wells encounter ever took place.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2007 • 656 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    The house he was renting cost $100,000US a month, I just read. Yowza.

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    I think this is the web going nutz, now somebody's talking about Harrison Ford. (Oddly enough, Google News reports the Goldblum rumour as having originated on a NZ site. Was it you, Tom?!)

    I'm beginning to fear for Kevin Bacon.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Compare and contrast The Rolling Stones or US

    I mean U2.

    Oh, and apparently Harrison Ford is dead too... Forget about "if looks could kill", I'm happy Twitter isn't lethal. :)

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Sam F,

    And now twitter is going nuts that Jeff Goldblum has died on set??

    Shenanigans.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1609 posts Report Reply

  • JP Hansen,

    1982: I remember going to bed at my usual time around 8:30, but knowing Thriller was debuting at 10pm on Television Two. I was 10 years old, and managed to stay awake. I had a the family's old B&W TV in my room.

    I'd managed to keep my eyes open, and was just settling in to the intro, when my folks busted me.

    I made a good argument, though , because they let me watch it - I guess having no idea it was 1/2 an hour long and pretty scary.

    Good times, good times. Music videos as cultural events just don't happen any more.

    And here's a strange YouTube clip - James Brown, Jacko and Prince. Though Prince's bloody guitar didn't work.

    Waitakere • Since Nov 2006 • 206 posts Report Reply

  • Sam F,

    In case you didn't pick it from the link above, the same "60-foot fall from the Kauri Cliffs" has also not killed Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise and Harrison Ford.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1609 posts Report Reply

  • Rich Lock,

    I recall an interview where Gérard Depardieu was asked why so many of his films -- and he does a lot -- are utter crap, and the answer was rather endearing. He likes to eat and drink, and not from the cheap end of the menu either. He just can't afford to turn down anything he's offered.

    My respect for Mr Depardieu rose to an almost infinite amount when I read about one of his heart attacks (brought on by the lifestyle you describe).

    Having suffered this heart attack, which turned out to be bad enough to eventually necessitate a quadruple bypass, he hopped on his motorbike, and rode himself to the hospital.

    Respec'.

    The man has sold 750 million albums. Anybody want to bet how many he's going to sell in the next twelve months? I have a feeling the estate will pull through somehow.

    They'll have to rename 'HIStory: past, present and future' though.

    Best just call it 'past', now, eh?

    Too soon?

    back in the mother countr… • Since Feb 2007 • 2728 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic,

    The man has sold 750 million albums. Anybody want to bet how many he's going to sell in the next twelve months? I have a feeling the estate will pull through somehow.

    From past precedent, death sells for megastars. It's worked for John Lennon, Tupac Shakur, Notorious BIG, and The Ramones, among others.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5429 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Too soon?

    I heard "the tour's not cancelled, but he'll just be playing Thriller" which I thought was pretty funny.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Rich Lock,

    I heard "the tour's not cancelled, but he'll just be playing Thriller" which I thought was pretty funny.

    I shall refrain from posting up the one or two fouler (but effin' funny) ones I've already heard, out of respect.

    back in the mother countr… • Since Feb 2007 • 2728 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Parks,

    Google News reports the Goldblum rumour as having originated on a NZ site.

    Yeah, this one.

    Had me wondering for a sec there, because it's not a hoax site. but they obviously fell for one.

    Wellington • Since May 2007 • 1164 posts Report Reply

  • Jonathan Maze,

    I remember in '77 settling in to watch the Flintstones on TV after school and seeing that Elvis Presley had died. They had interrupted normal programming which was a big deal back and had interviews with distraught middle aged women which I remember struck me as pretty interesting. We used to get the Las Vegas Heavy weight fights interrupting the Flintstones about once a year too if I recall rightly.

    Whatever MJ did he certainly did it well. He has world-class once-in-a-life-time weird at the end.

    Auckland • Since Jul 2007 • 29 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Darlington,

    Adding to Tom's list, for those who remember the NME in its glory years: Steven Wells. Sadly, I doubt a Jackson/Wells encounter ever took place.

    Aaargh, never knew that. Totally gutted :( I grew up on Swells and the NME. He did the best letters pages ever. Weird day.

    Nelson • Since Nov 2006 • 949 posts Report Reply

  • James Littlewood*,

    I always liked Greg Tate's take on him:

    part of the tyke’s appeal was being able to simulate being lost in the hot sauce way before he was supposed to know what the hot sauce even smelt like

    Craig: true, the guy didn't keep his moral centre of gravity quite where the rest of us did. But then, he was never really one of us, was he? He wasn't even one of them, whoever they might be.

    As that other Jacko said in Easy Rider: You tell someone they not free, they'll hate you for it. But you show them a truly free person, they gonna be terrified by just what they see.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 410 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    My friend Brent just offered the following on Facebook: Goodbye scarecrow.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Too soon?

    Why stop now?

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    You're just jealous because there are no Farrah Fawcett is dead jokes.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Fiona Rae,

    C4 has just sent through these programme amendments:

    Friday 26th June

    Now - 1400pm
    Del Video Hits/ Blender
    Add Video Hits: Michael Jackson

    1430 - 1600
    Del Twice As Nice/ Ten Years Of
    Add Video Hits: Michael Jackson

    Saturday 27th June

    0600 - 1400
    Del Blender/Ten Years Of/Top 10 @ 10/C4U/What's The Theme
    Add Video Hits: Michael Jackson

    1430 - 1600
    Del Added This Week/The Best
    Add Video Hits: Michael Jackson

    2030
    Del U Choose 40: Class Of 98
    Add U Choose 40: Michael Jackson

    Week 26

    Sunday 28th June

    1130
    Del Ten Years Of: Pop Gems
    Add Ten Years Of: Michael Jackson

    1300
    Del Blender
    Add Video Hits: Michael Jackson

    1500
    Del What's The Theme
    Add Video Hits: Michael Jackson

    Point Chevalier • Since Nov 2006 • 34 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Adding to Tom's list, for those who remember the NME in its glory years: Steven Wells. Sadly, I doubt a Jackson/Wells encounter ever took place.

    Shit, really? I actually met the guy up at NME once. Genuine no-airs-and-graces friendly bloke -- which you couldn't say for everyone who wrote for the music rags.

    Damn shame. He was younger than me.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22830 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Current Twitter trend chart.

    Goldblum still there in urban myth stylee. Just above MTV: I understand it was MTV Australia that unleashed this latest round of "movie star dies after falling off Kauri Cliffs".

    Poor old Farrah's down the chart.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22830 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    You're just jealous because there are no Farrah Fawcett is dead jokes.

    Someone who died of anal cancer? Surely you jest? :)

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Farrah from the madding crowd...

    You're just jealous because there are no Farrah Fawcett is dead jokes.

    Sadly, Ms Fawcett is now part of life's rich tap history...

    yrs
    Piper Paid
    plumbing new depths...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7943 posts Report Reply

  • dc_red,

    I do remember thinking it was grossly inappropriate to allow Jackson to visit Starship Children's Hospital when he played in Auckland c.1997

    Oil Patch, Alberta • Since Nov 2006 • 706 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    My friend Brent just offered the following on Facebook: Goodbye scarecrow.

    Ah, how could I forget the seriously twisted piece of high camp that is The Wiz!

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

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