My parents weren’t eager to turn me on to pop music. Classical…and if the mood suited them…jazz was where they directed my ears. I found pop music eventually, like kids always manage to find the candy aisle in the grocery store.
My parents did finally give me a pop album when I was ten: it was a SHARED present for my sister and me.
It was “ABC” by the Jackson Five. I’ll bet my parents thought that the title meant it was somewhat educational. And it was.
An education in soul and — when you hear Michael singing — a nod to the notion that you can start making music as early as you want:
Everyone has their quintessential Michael Jackson music. The album “ABC” remains the one for me. Apparently it remains the one for a lot of Japanese fans of Michael Jackson as well.
Including a collective of DJ’s who remixed his music. The Japanese have long been keen curators of all Michael Jackson material.
Broderick Morris is a producer who arranged several visits for Michael Jackson to Japan.
“No one does it like the Japanese fans, who wait for Michael when he arrives from the airport to the streets of Shibulia to Disneyland Tokyo, it’s just crazy and I’ve watched Michael, I’ve watched tears come out of his eyes from the love the Japanese fans give him here.”
So we leave you on this Friday with a Japanese take on Michael Jackson. It’s from a brilliant 2001 collection of all-Japanese remixes of Michael and the Jackson Five.
Here’s that unforgettable opening track on ABC…The Love You Save…remixed here by Sunaga’t Experience with a decidedly Brazilian flair.