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Sunday, September 8, 2019

Indie Music: Aza Nabuko

by Germar Derron

Lorde. Billie Eilish. Now, Aza Nabuko. We have to accept that young women artists can do anything.

First, listen to tracks one and two ("Strangers," "Ordinary"), on Nabuko's new self-titled EP.  You'll know that Nabuko is honest, significant, rangy, artful, and obviously here to stay. Then, check the official website. There, you'll find an unbelievable claim: she's just 16-years-old. 

Age matters here because that fact contradicts the voice, the manner that the subjects are covered--the feeling. Maybe Canadians age in dog years. Her relative youth should excite you because it allows for decades of excellence in songwriting and performance. And much like the best of us, in any craft, it's easy to imagine her getting better and better and better.

Nabuko's voice possesses a distinct quality that the best modern female vocalists seem to master. The voice is husky and warm, even when not necessarily low in pitch. But then, it's also crystal clear--clean. It's heady, throaty, and chesty all at the same time. It could remind you of many top-tier non-American vocalists--Alanis Morissette, Ellie Goulding, Duffy . . . .  There's something about that complex collection of  quality that seems to equate to "hit song."

In the videos, she's playing around on a piano, and with an acoustic guitar. But apparently she's not playing around; she's just playing, and well. And it's why I hesitate to call this pop. When I think of a pop artist, I think of someone who's primarily the voice. I take nothing away from them, but it's a different skill: learning someone else's words, then being coached by writers, producers, and instrumentalists. The vulnerability, sincere confidence, and innate talent that it takes to put yourself in a song and then wrap that and present it to the world--that's really special.

2019 might just be a very special year in music, especially indie music.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Edley Shine of Born Jamericans ON the Podcast!

In Episode 449, Germar welcomes Edley Shine to the podcast. Edley is one half of the chart-topping 90s duo, Born Jamericans. Here he discusses his meteoric rise, passing Destiny's Child on the charts, touring with Shabba Ranks and Buju Banton, and his new single "Cyann Recova." Follow Edley everywhere @EdleyShine. Follow Germar everywhere @GermarDerron. Today's episode is sponsored by

Over two decades later . . . .

Sunday, September 1, 2019

The Jackson Family's Top 142 Songs Ranked (Disc Seven, The Finale)


Don't think of the scores as a grading system, e.g. 7/10 = 70% = C-. Here, 70% means that the song is better than 70% of all other possible music. And don't @ me. There's a lot of awful music; I've written over 300 songs.

22. Janet Jackson, "Doesn’t Really Matter" (2001) 8.59/10
"Nutty nutty nutty for me." Get it?

21. Michael Jackson, "I Wanna Be Where You Are" (1971) 8.59/10
"There's so many things we haven't tried." I always wondered exactly what 13-year-old Michael was talking about . . . .

20. Michael Jackson, "Got To Be There" (1971) 8.6/10
Love begins everywhere she goes.

19. Janet Jackson, "Again" (1993) 8.6/10
She left Tupac for the dude from CSI.

18. The Jackson 5, "Never Can Say Goodbye" (1971) 8.8/10
The real-life and on-TV preacher from Amen wrote this - yep.

17. Rebbie Jackson, "Centipede" (1984) 8.85/10
If you do one hit, do it like this--nationwide prime time premiere. The video always makes me think of Ghostbusters.

16. Michael Jackson, "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" (1987) 8.9/10

Each time the wind blows
I hear your voice so
I call your name
Whispers at morning
Our love is dawning
Heaven's glad you came

You know how I feel
This thing can't go wrong
I'm so proud to say I love you
Your love's got me high
I long to get by
This time is forever
Love is the answer
I hear your voice now
You are my choice now
The love you bring

Heaven's in my heart
At your call, I hear harps
And angels sing
You know how I feel
This thing can't go wrong
I can't live my life without you

15. Michael Jackson, "You Are Not Alone" (1995) 8.91/10
R. Kelly wrote this about one of his many teenage victims. She aborted his child and he refused to show up at the hospital.

14. Michael Jackson, "Smooth Criminal" (1987) 8.91/10
Michael Jackson, but with a Tommy gun.

13. Michael Jackson, "P.Y.T." (1982) 9.0/10
Our rival played this in my last game as a senior; I went nuts. That game could not be found on YouTube.

12. The Jackson 5, "The Love You Save" (1970) 9.0/10
The best of the original hits.

11. Michael Jackson, "Thriller" (1982) 9.1/10
Today the meme is hilarious. Thirty-five years ago the video was haunting and horrifying.

10. Janet Jackson, "I Get Lonely" (1997) 9.5/10
The remix is hot, but unnecessary.

9. Janet Jackson, "Anytime, Anyplace" (1993) 9.6/10
Top 10 sexiest song of all-time.

8. Michael Jackson, "Wanna Be Startin' Something" (1982) 9.6/10
The Brothers look really strange here.

7. Michael Jackson, "Beat It" (1982) 9.61/10
Real rival gangs appear in this video. Who taught them to dance so well? Oh, wait, they're probably the guys just standing around in the background.

6. Michael Jackson, "Rock With You" (1979) 9.62/10
Karen Carpenter turned this song down. WHO?!?!?

5. Michael Jackson, "Remember the Time" (1991) 9.63/10
Best. Egypt. Ever.

4. Michael Jackson, "The Way You Make Me Feel" (1987) 9.63/10
The BEST of Bad.

3. Michael Jackson, "Don’t Stop 'Til You Get Enough" (1979) 9.64/10
This plays on most stations TODAY, 40 years later.

2. Michael Jackson, "Billie Jean" (1982) 9.65/10
Did he put a fake comb in a fake pocket . . . right next to his real pocket?

1. Michael Jackson, "Human Nature" (1982) 9.99/10
The song that almost didn't make the album.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

The Jackson Family's Top 142 Songs Ranked (Disc Six)

Don't think of the scores as a grading system, e.g. 7/10 = 70% = C-. Here, 70% means that the song is better than 70% of all other possible music. And don't @ me. There's a lot of awful music; I've written over 300 songs.

42. Janet Jackson, "When We Ooo" (2001) 8.49/10
She really really . . . really likes sex.

41. Janet Jackson, "Can’t B Good" (2008) 8.49/10
Ne-Yo wrote it. People online think it's Mike singing.

40. Michael Jackson, "Girlfriend" (1979) 8.49/10
When it's so good you gotta let ya lover's lover know.

39 . Michael Jackson, "Smile" (1995), "Heaven Can Wait" (2001) 8.49/10 
The first and only true tie. I forgot both of these--Mike's favorite song and your new favorite song.

38. Michael Jackson, "Butterflies" (2001) 8.49/10
Chart topping in his mid-forties.

37. Michael Jackson, "You Rock My World" (2001) 8.49/10
See: above. And also, so Michael really wanted to be a gangster huh?

36. Michael Jackson, "Childhood" (1995) 8.49/10
"Before you judge [us], try hard to love [us]"

35. Michael Jackson, "In the Closet" (1991) 8.49/10
Ummm so the woman's voice here is PRINCESS Stephanie of Monaco . . . .

34. Janet Jackson, "Someone to Call My Lover" (2001) 8.49/10
Maybe we'll meet at a bar
He'll drive a funky car
Maybe we'll meet at a club
And fall so deeply in love
He'll tell me I'm the one
And we'll have so much fun
I'll be the girl of his dreams maybe

33. The Jackson 5, "ABC" 8.5/10
. . . and they never looked back.

32. Michael Jackson, "Man in the Mirror" (1987) 8.5/10
His most important song.

31. Janet Jackson, "Love Will Never Do" (1989) 8.5/10
People say she surpassed Michael. They're wrong, but I accept the argument.

30. Janet Jackson, "You Want This" (1993) 8.5/10

29. Michael Jackson, "Ben" (1972) 8.51/10

2:01 to the end is the most beautiful thing you've ever heard.

28. Michael Jackson, "Bad" (1987) 8.51/10
If you haven't seen this in 30 years, STOP what you're doing NOW. "You ain't bad; you ain't nothing!"

27. Michael Jackson, "Lady in My Life" (1982) 8.51/10
Hey lover, this is more than a crush.

26. The Jackson 5, "I Want You Back" (1969) 8.52/10
Like 1970, on Ed Sullivan, always.

25. Janet Jackson, "Because of Love" (1993) 8.53/10
"Because of love we'll never part."

24. Janet Jackson, "That’s the Way" (1993) 8.55/10
The single that said that the last half of the 80s was not a fluke. Thank God her friend snatched that tape.

23. Janet Jackson, "Where Are You Now" (1993) 8.59/10
"love, my love
I regret the day you went away
I was too young to understand my
but now I realize my mistakes
where, where are you now
now that I'm ready to
ready to love you the way you
loved me then
where are you now
do you still think of me
or does your heart belong to
someone else's
love, oh my love
wonder sometimes were you just a
I sit in the dark
wondering if our paths
will ever cross again
oh lord I need to know
I sit and wonder
where, where are you now
now that I'm ready to
ready to love you the way you
loved me then
where are you now
do you still think of me
or does your heart belong to
someone else's
if I close my eyes
and make a wish
when they open will you be right
here with me
where are you now
now that I'm ready to
ready to love you the way you loved me then

could it be
that two people
were meant to be
in my dreams
that's what I feel
or could it be that I'll never see you again
my love that was so true
still I'll sit here waiting all alone
by the phone for you"
Come back to see NUMBER ONE.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

The Jackson Family's Top 142 Songs Ranked (Disc Five)

Don't think of the scores as a grading system, e.g. 7/10 = 70% = C-. Here, 70% means that the song is better than 70% of all other possible music. And don't @ me. There's a lot of awful music; I've written over 300 songs.

62. Michael Jackson, "Scream" (1995) 8.2/10
It was the most expensive video ever made. And it might have the most star-power per square minute.

61. The Jackson 5, "I’ll Be There" (1970) 8.2/10
I just realized that the first line is a bit much.

60. The Jackson 5, "Maybe Tomorrow" (1971) 8.21/10

59. The Jacksons, "This Place Hotel" (1980) 8.23/10
Elvis actually thought that people would be confused . . . .

58. Janet Jackson, "Spending Time With You" (2004) 8.24/10
Post-super bowl Janet got buried.

57. The Jackson 5, "Give Love on Christmas Day" (1970) 8.25/10
An amazing original.

56. Janet Jackson, "Escapade" (1989) 8.26/10
A five minute smile.

55. Janet Jackson, "When I Think of You" (1986) 8.26/10
The video has a thousand actors and dancers, camera following--one take.

54. Jermaine Jackson, "Tell Me I’m not Dreaming" (1984) 8.27/10
Jermaine's best song is a "Michael" song you've never heard (hehehe).

53. The Jacksons, Torture (1984) 8.27/10
Jermaine does not appear. Michael does not appear. This could be the best work by the brothers.

52. Michael Jackson, "Earth Song" (1995) 8.27/10
Michael warned us about the Amazon burning 24 years ago in this corny af song.

51. Michael Jackson, "Leave Me Alone" (1987) 8.27/10
Perfectly timed bonus track, with an award-winning video, all about real rumors that Michael totally  didn't make up for his own profit.

50. Michael Jackson, "Rockin' Robin" (1971) 8.28/10
So good that you don't even know the original.

49. The Jackson 5, "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" (1970) 8.4/10
Cute, until you realize that thousands of kids lose their Santa-innocence while hearing this for the first time every holiday season. Thanks J5!

48. The Jacksons, "Body" (1984) 8.45/10
If Mike's the king, Marlon's the jack. Is jack a real thing or is that just in Spades?

47. Janet Jackson, "Feels So Right" (2001) 8.45/10
Queen of groove and good feels.

46. Janet Jackson, "Better Days" 2001 8.46/10
"I'm 'bout to change my vibe
Today the sun's gonna shine
'Cause I made up my mind
That today will be the start of better days
Leavin' old shit behind
And move on with my life
The blindfold's off my eyes
And now all I see for me is better days"

45. Janet Jackson, "Whoops Now" (1993) 8.47/10
See: above above.

44. Janet Jackson, "What’s Ur Name" 8.47/10
What's a sidekick?

43. Janet Jackson, Every Time (1997) 8.47/10
It's the best song you've ever heard. Then, the rhythm kicks in and it gets even better.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

The Jackson Family's Top 142 Songs Ranked (Disc Four)

Don't think of the scores as a grading system, e.g. 7/10 = 70% = C-. Here, 70% means that the song is better than 70% of all other possible music. And don't @ me. There's a lot of awful music; I've written over 300 songs.

82. Janet Jackson, "All For You" (2001) 8.17/10
"Got a nice package alright 
Guess I'm gonna have to ride it tonight"
Just what is she insinuating here?

81. Janet Jackson, "Let’s Wait Awhile" (1986) 8.17/10
Oh the irony.

80. Janet Jackson, "Come Back to Me" (1989) 8.17/10
Ummmm, who the hell left Janet?

79. Janet Jackson, "Go Deep" (1997) 8.18/10
Who didn't want to be this boy?

78. The Jackson 5, "All I Do is Think of You" (1975) 8.18/10
20 years ahead of its time.

77. Michael Jackson, "I Can’t Help It" (1979) 8.18/10
Beautiful song, from one of the best albums.

76. Janet Jackson, "What Have You Done for Me Lately" (1986) 8.18/10
What came first, this common phrase or the song?

75. The Jacksons, "2300 Jackson Street" (1989) 8.18/10
All of 'em, together, and it's spectacular.

74. Michael Jackson, "Whatever Happens" (2001) 8.18/10
This would've been the fourth single had Sony not buried the album. Apparently, it's about a young pregnant girl. I always felt it was connected to 9-11--can't explain it; I just feel it.

73. Michael Jackson, "The Girl is Mine" (1982) 8.19/10
What do I say, say, say about this one?

72. Janet Jackson, "If" (1993) 8.19/10
By my calculations, 1994 broadcasts are just now reaching Zandar-4. That means they get to watch (with their 18op13k eyes) the "If" music video, on MTv, on repeat, for six Earth months.

71. Rebbie Jackson, "Yours Faithfully" (1998) 8.19/10
When I was a kid, I didn't mind that she was 50; I kinda do now. But the song still knocks hard.

70. Janet Jackson, "Miss You Much" (1989) 8.19/10
So she's dancing in black and white again. And again, WHO keeps leaving Janet?

69. Janet Jackson, "Control" (1986) 8.19/10
Here, she took control and she took over.

68. The Jacksons, "Shake Your Body" (1978) 8.19/10
The most fun, but also necessary for Off the Wall Mike.

67. The Jackson 5, "It's Too Late to Change the Time" (1973) 8.19/10
but it's not too late to change your mind.

66. Janet Jackson, "Together Again" (1997) 8.2/10
A tribute so beautiful that it makes non-believers look forward to what's beyond.

65. Janet Jackson, "Nasty" (1986) 8.2/10
"Miss. Jackson if you're nasty."

64. Janet Jackson, "The Body that Loves You" (1993) 8.2/10
Honestly, she could've sung anything here and it would still be the most sensual song of all time.

63. Michael Jackson, "Jam" (1991) 8.2/10
MJ v MJ, and Heavy D, and Kriss Kross, and MJ v MJ.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

The Jackson Family's Top 142 Songs Ranked (Disc Three)

Don't think of the scores as a grading system, e.g. 7/10 = 70% = C-. Here, 70% means that the song is better than 70% of all other possible music. And don't @ me. There's a lot of awful music; I've written over 300 songs.

102. Janet Jackson, "Would You Mind" (2001) 7.9/10
She used to just sit them in a chair, but one guy pulled a "Trump" and refused to let go.

101. The Jacksons, "One More Chance" (1984) 7.9/10
Randy on the track, but one of Michael's and Janet's favs.

100. The Jacksons, "Be Not Always" (1984) 8.0/10
"Mothers cry, babies die helplessly in arms While rockets fly and research lies in progress to become" Top Michael, and co-written by Marlon.

99. Jermaine Jackson, "Daddy’s Home" (1972) 8.05/10
Jermaine Jackson and the Jackson 5!

98. Michael Jackson, "She’s Out of My Life" (1979) 8.1/10
The second song, on disc three, to feature a tearful MJ.

97. The Jackson 5, "Who’s Loving You" (1969) 8.1/10
The hat! And "down, back, three, up, two, three, stop" for my dancers.

96. The Jacksons, "Show You the Way to Go" (1976) 8.13/10

Post-Motown Mike with RANDYYYYY!

95. Janet Jackson, "Pleasure Principle" (1986) 8.14/10
In a parallel universe, she's the king of pop.

94. Michael Jackson, "Heal the World" (1991) 8.14/10
"make it a better place . . ."

93. The Jackson 5, "Up on the House Top" (1970) 8.15/10
You don't need logs, throw this in the fireplace this Christmas.

92. The Jackson 5, "Frosty Snowman" (1970) 8.15/10
These songs existed before the J5 . . . right? Maybe?

91. The Jackson 5, "Santa Claus Coming" (1970) 8.15/10
It's a complete Christmas, and their fourth album in just over a year . . . .

90. The Jacksons, "Everybody" (1980) 8.16/10
Off the Wall continued.

89. The Jacksons, "Blame it on the Boogie" (1978) 8.16/10
If it's on, we sangin' AND dancin'.  Iono, blame it on the boogie.

88. The Jacksons, "She" (1989) 8.16/10
Aaron Hall, Teddy Riley, but it's The Jacksons. And it's two decades post-"Diana Ross presents."

87. Janet Jackson, "Truth" (2001) 8.16/10
"Guess without you
My little life was nothing
But don't sweat it
Let's say we disagree so
Arguing ain't necessary cause
We both have out whole lives left to live
We're both consumed with jealousy
But the truth can set you free
Don't act like you don't know the truth
Cause deep down in your heart you do
Let it go
Ooh child Things are gonna get easier
Ooh child thing will be bright cause
Truth will set you free"

86. The Jackson 5, "If I Don’t Love You This Way" (1974) 8.17/10
Now introducing the intro to the chorus before the verse before the pre-chorus before the chorus.

85. Janet Jackson, "Funny How Time Flies" (1986) 8.17/10
Janet by Janet, seven years before janet.

84. Michael Jackson, "Who is It" (1991) 8.17/10
"I can't take it cause I'm lonelaayy"

83. Michael Jackson, "Break of Dawn" (2001) 8.17/10
This beautiful song marked the beginning of the end when a 2001 release led to scant airplay on adult contemporary stations.

Come back for disc four!

Monday, August 26, 2019

The Jackson Family's Top 142 Songs Ranked (Disc Two)


Don't think of the scores as a grading system, e.g. 7/10 = 70% = C-. Here, 70% means that the song is better than 70% of all other possible music. And don't @ me. There's a lot of awful music; I've written over 300 songs.

122. Michael Jackson, "Hold My Hand" (2010) 6.03/10
This song that you've never heard (of) is a top hit outside of the U.S.

121. Michael Jackson, "They Don’t Care About Us" (1995) 6.03/10
It's almost 25 years later and they still don't really care about us. Oddly, this song represents the most trouble Jackson's ever been in. The lines "Jew mesue me, everybody do me/ Kick me, kike me, don't you black or white me" were removed after the initial album release. Below is the alternate video--the prison version; I'm moved.

120. Michael Jackson, "Music Never Felt So Good" (2014) 6.04/10
An early 80s lump of coal became a worldwide smash hit in 2014.

119. Janet Jackson, "New Agenda" (1993) 6.04/10
Janet does "message music" better than all of the other Jacksons.

118. Janet Jackson, "State of the World" (1989) 6.04/10
See: comment above.

117. Michael Jackson, "It’s the Falling in Love" (1979) 6.04/10
No comment. Too busy falling again.

116. Michael Jackson, "Baby Be Mine" (1982) 6.04/10
This is your favorite singer's favorite song.

115. Janet Jackson, "Rhythm Nation" (1989) 6.04/10
Song's comme ci, comme ca, but the video and choreography changed the world.

114. Janet Jackson, "Black Cat" (1989) 6.05/10
Yes, she does rock better than your favorite rock lead. Bonus: this was definitely stolen by "Club Mario."

113. Janet Jackson, "What’ll I Do" (1993) 6.05/10
It's like "Black Cat," but without the claws, and better.

112. Michael Jackson, "Liberian Girl" (1987) 6.06/10
Cameo clout.

111. Michael Jackson, "One Day in Your Life" (1975) 6.07/10
Off the Wall was NOT Michael's first solo album. It was his fifth. This track is from the fourth--an album that almost killed his solo career. Yes, before all of the awards and broken records Michael was thought of as another failed child prodigy. He sang "Dancing Machine" for four years straight . . . then suddenly BOOM.

110. Michael Jackson, "Dirty Diana" (1987) 6.08/10
At what point did someone explain this song to Michael? I bet he was like "oh oh oh - oh no - kids heard this."

109. Michael Jackson, "Working Day and Night" (1979) 6.1/10
So iconic that they took his breaths from this song and used them in his posthumous releases.

108. The Jacksons, "Can You Feel It" (1980) 6.1/10
Know that this is over 20 years after its release, and over 30 years after Ed Sullivan. They're 50 here. Watch the dude at 2:13; that's what they mean to the world.

107. The Jackson 5, "Someday at Christmas" (1970) 6.1/10
The song that made Justin Bieber. No, the song didn't give birth to . . . just YouTube it.

106. The Jackson 5, "Mama’s Pearl" 7.3/10
Real fans watched the kaht-tune on Satdee.

105. The Jackson 5, "Dancing Machine" (1974) 7.5/10
They performed this for five years straight, as evidenced here.

104. Rebbie Jackson, "Fly Away" (1998) 7.8/10
Michael did it first, didn't like it, passed it to Rebbie. But then he jumped on the chorus, and they sound lovely--trust me.

103. Janet Jackson, "Got Til It’s Gone" (1997) 7.9/10
"What's... what's the next song?
The one about me
Oh yeah?
I like this song"
"Joni Mitchell never lies . . . "
Q-tip dated Janet, then spit about it, on the track about it. "Don't it always seem to go . . . "

Sunday, August 25, 2019

The Jackson Family's Top 142 Songs Ranked (Disc One)

Don't think of the scores as a grading system, e.g. 7/10 = 70% = C-. Here, 70% means that the song is better than 70% of all other possible music. And don't @ me. There's a lot of awful music; I've written over 300 songs.

142. La Toya Jackson, "You’re Gonna Get Rocked" (1988) 5.0/10
100% did NOT want to include her. But with the right team, she's Janet or Madonna, instead of the black sheep.

141. La Toya Jackson, "Bet'cha Gonna Need My Lovin'" (1984) 5.05/10
That's a staple mid-80s chorus and ummm dance break? Okay, I don't know why the track is so weak, but this is a hit in another universe.

140. La Toya Jackson, "Heart Don’t Lie" (1984) 5.1/10
I mean she can't dance, but the voice is basically on par with the Jackson ladies.

139. The Jacksons, "Enjoy Yourself" (1976) 5.9/10
Introducing Randy!

138. Jermaine Jackson, "Don’t Take it Personal" (1989) 5.91/10

We had to include Jermaine a few times or we'd never hear the end of it. Gotta go. His ninth wife is calling us right now.

137. The Jackson 5, "Goin’ Back to Indiana" (1971) 6.0/10
It's not a great song, but you'd like to believe they stayed grounded. And why would kids have babies to go back to? Whatevs.

136. The Jacksons, "State of Shock" (1984) 6.01/10
Michael loved partnering with other top talent of the day. He did this on "Shock", but often wondered aloud why anyone would listen to Mick Jagger since he can't sing at all and couldn't hit a pitch with a wall.

135. The Jacksons, "Nothin" (1989) 6.02/10
Not bad considering that Mike quit the group. Plus, this is 20 years post Ed Sullivan show . . . .

134. Michael Jackson, "Blue Gangsta" (2014) 6.02/10
So a couple of rapper-producers stole this song and released a remix without anyone's permission--a song MJ never wanted released. Then, he died and Sony released an amazing updated Timbo version. And I thank them once a week by email.

133. Jermaine Jackson, "Let’s Be Young Tonight" (1976) 6.02/10
How lame do you have to be to admit that Jermaine's your fav? Jokes aside, the album version is a masterpiece. That version is not posted below.

132. Jermaine Jackson, "Do What You Do" (1984) 6.02/10
Jermaine will 1000% see this list and complain on a Middle Eastern show you've never heard of about how no one respects his talent.

131. Marlon Jackson, "Don’t Go" (1987) 6.02/10
Ya know . . . it really was Michael's "unique" lifestyle that made him appear to be so superior to his siblings. Tito and Jermaine are amazing musicians and producers. They all sing. Janet, Jackie, and Marlon move like most people think they do after a few drinks. We're missing like 10 more great Jackson-family albums.

130. Michael Jackson, "Another Part of Me" 1988 6.02/10
Captain EO! The luckiest people of all time were introduced to this song via a 3D-film, at a theme park, where Michael saves the universe with dance, color, and hope. And people think Beyonce . . . I ccan i can't di I'm laugj u can Beyon hahahahahah hahahahahahah

129. Michael Jackson, "Music and Me" (1973) 6.02/10
My first love, here:

128. Michael Jackson, "You've Got a Friend" (1971) 6.03/10
The cover is perfect, but know this: in their first few years, the J5 recorded four albums, Michael record three solo albums, Jermaine recorded two solo albums, and Jackie recorded a solo album . . . while they toured constantly.

127. Michael Jackson, "Burn this Disco Out" (1979) 6.03/10

I didn't know this song existed until I was a senior in college. What was I DOING?!?! You're welcome.

126. Janet Jackson, "Tonight's the Night" (1997) 6.03/10
According to older friends, this kinda cover is from The Velvet Rope, aka the #1 baby-making album of the late 90s. Also, gay dudes and lesbians got down.

125. Janet Jackson, "China Love" (2001) 6.03/10
Once we hit the Janet catalog, we realized this couldn't be a top 100 list.

124. Michael Jackson, "The Way You Love Me" (2010) 6.03/10
Yes, almost immediately, he had hits from the grave--not songs--HITS. And here, you get to hear his instructions from beyond.

123. Michael Jackson, "Loving You" (2014) 6.03/10
Released after the worst breakup of my life, I'm not sure if this was the last thing I needed or exactly what I needed. Well, it feels hopeful, so probably the latter.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Cancel Culture and Familial Periphery

Episode 448 may be the beginning of the end. Honestly, the audience isn't big enough anymore to justify the time and effort. People respond privately and say they listen and love it, and that it's good. But this may be the only podcast fan-base in the world that's too terrified to share an episode or hit a like button or tell a friend. Maybe I'll produce other people's podcasts again. If you're a person that people actually like and respect and support and you want a podcast, get at me.

Anyways, today's show was recorded awhile ago and covers??? ummm oh cancel culture based on Joe Rogan with Whitney Cummings and Bill Simmons with Sarah Silverman. And then I talk about how odd life has gotten for me as a peripheral member of my immediate family. Enjoy. Follow me everywhere @idonteventhinkyoureadthismuchlessclickthelink.

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