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Rest in Peace Michael Jackson

In some really startling news, the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, has died today at the all too young age of 50 due to what appears to be cardiac arrest.

Jackson scored huge in the early Eighties with one of the biggest selling albums of all time, Thriller, and with it he gave horror fans the world over not only one of our most beloved music videos, but a pop anthem to call our own.

Our sincerest condolences go out to his friends, constituents, and family. Rest in Peace.

Though his life was filled with as much scandal as it was fame, we here at Dread Central would like to take this moment to remember him the way that he was … in his prime and with a song.

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  • Mr. Gray

    I was wondering if Dread Central was going to post about this.

    Nice little tribute, Uncle Creepy. Classy, even if the thread has struggled.

  • Tristan Sinns

    I’m starting to feel like the only person who was a teenager in the 80’s who didn’t like his music then and doesn’t really like it now; with the exception of the Thriller video. :\

    I wonder if Polanski’s rep will also suddenly improve after he keels over? Death makes for good PR.

    RIP

    • frank_dracman

      I’m with you, Tristan. With the exception of the Thriller video (not the song) I never cared much about him or his music. The Captain EO show in Disneyland was a memorable spectacle but other than that he never made an impression on me one way or the other.
      He had kind of a messed up life and died unexpectedly just like so many other people. I pay my respects but honestly I feel more for his kids. Who knows what’s in store for them?

  • The Butcher

    And while I’m at it with the bombs away, let’s not forget he bought many of his dance moves off of street performers, including the much heralded “Moonwalk” (which he grossly underpaid said performer for apparently)

    He appropriated more than he created. This does NOT an artist make. Sorry people.

  • Sirand

    It doesn’t take a psychologist to realize that Jackson was never a pedophile…just a guy with severe childhood issues who was niave enough to be taken advantage of. Regardless of his mental state, to all of us who grew up in the 80’s, he was “bigger than Jesus” and his work changed the art of music videos and pop culture forever. That’s what he’ll be remembered for.

    • TheDVDKingdom

      great! Very true!Regardless of his mental state, to all of us who grew up in the 80’s, he was “bigger than Jesus” and his work changed the art of music videos and pop culture forever. That’s what he’ll be remembered for.
      Nothing is impossible!http://www.thedvdkingdom.com/

    • TheDVDKingdom

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  • TVintheBox

    Michael Jackson is the King of Pop. This is not a title that he gave himself. It was given to him by his millions of fans around the world and by his peers, among whom he has no equal. How did he get the title, you ask? He came by it the old fashioned way. He earned it! No other performer in history has generated the massive sales that he has. No other performer in history has received as many awards and accolades as he has. No other performer in history draws the kind of excitement and mass hysteria that he does. And no other performer in history has done so much in the way of humanitarian efforts than he has. There has never been one like him before, and there will never be one like him again. He is in a class all by himself.

    • The Butcher

      TVinthebox wrote –

      “Michael Jackson is the King of Pop. This is not a title that he gave himself. It was given to him by his millions of fans around the world and by his peers, among whom he has no equal. How did he get the title, you ask? He came by it the old fashioned way. He earned it! No other performer in history has generated the massive sales that he has. No other performer in history has received as many awards and accolades as he has. No other performer in history draws the kind of excitement and mass hysteria that he does. And no other performer in history has done so much in the way of humanitarian efforts than he has. There has never been one like him before, and there will never be one like him again. He is in a class all by himself.”

      Actually, a music journalist named him King Of Pop while trolling for a soundbite. I mean really, how would millions of fans decide collectively on that anyway? Was there some huuuuge meeting at Neverland?

      To my surprise, Bob Marley has outsold Jackson and The Beatles the last time I checked (which admittedly has been a couple of years) And to add, when the hell did record sales denote true musical genius? The last time I checked MOTLEY CRUE outsold *insert name of one of many groundbreaking musicians/music acts here*

      As far as humanitarian efforts, Paul Newman’s work dwarfs ANYTHING Jackson did. Mr. Newman built camp after camp for disabled kids, hell he STARTED the trend for the most part. And that’s just the start of the things he did as a benefactor. Sorry, but there are a LOT of people who did a LOT more. Michael Jackson had some kids over time and again to watch movies and play with the animals. While a very nice thing to do, don’t fool yourself. It was as much for his benefit and self-agrandisement as it was for their happiness.

      As as far as accolades and awards, well those should just be handed right over to uber genius producer Quincy Jones. He’s the OZ to Michael’s DOROTHY.

      Sorry, but I can’t stand the deification of someone who really didn’t do all that much.

      I don’t usually talk about it because I hate hearing “Awwww that’s so nice” but I work with the disabled as a day carreer (and it’s very important to me) and many of them are children. It makes me very privy a lot of the time to who is doing what and to what extent. You’d be surprised by where the community gets some (a lot) of it’s funding. And these people don’t go blowing the horn about it, they actually take measures to stay as anonyamous as possible.

      Andrew, I don’t want to even go near the molestation charges…but saying he wasn’t is just like saying he was. The FACT FACT FACT is we don’t know. ANd as far as being naive and taken advantage of? Dude, he would spoil some kid for as long as it pleased him then move onto the next cute moon-eyed moppet. He was like someone who tossed out their dog when it was no longer a puppy. Again, as a parent, anyone who tried to curl up in bed with MY daughter would get a lawsuit handed to them so fast it would make a lawyers head swim.

      Lastly, calling him “the most important musical contributor of our generation” is a bit overblown. Sorry. It’s frickin’ pop music. He’ll never eclipse The Beatles. Ever. Even if he did buy out their catalog and turn their classic music into soundtracks for commercials (after specifically being begged by his “friend” Sir Paul McCartney not to, illustrating the fact that Jackson gave fuck all about artistic integrity)

      It’s fine if some of you were fans, casual or mega. Have your moment in remembering him as an artist/performer you loved. While not my bag (and feeling the credit is undeserved…again see Quincy Jones) I am not so anti as to think people didn’t dig his product, now matter how homogonized I think it was. Hell, I grew up worshipping the cash worshipping cow that was KISS. But even I know Gene $immons is a self serving arse. As far as deifying someone… can we get behind someone who really deserves it please?

      • The Woman In Black

        Well, TVinthebox was basically a spammer — I removed the links he had in his post selling some of MJ’s stuff — so take his comments with a grain of salt. Also, I haven’t seen anyone come close to “deifying” Jackson; they’re just saying how much his music influenced and inspired them.

        And he is of *their* generation. So it’s not really fair to compare him with The Beatles since they were middle-aged men who had long since left the spotlight by the time most of these kids discovered music … probably thanks in large part to Michael Jackson. His influence on that generation cannot be disputed.

      • xy marla

        I don’t know how old you are, chief, but The Beateles are NOT of my generation.

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  • xy marla

    Jesus, how’d I know this thread would devolve into a criminal discussion? Who gives a shit today of all days? He was the most important musical contributor of our generation, and I for one am fucking depressed that we’ll never hear anything else from him.

    check it! http://www.dannyisnthere.com

    • Gus Bjork

      Oh c’mon. You can’t stand on a high place and say this is to be forgotten. Forgiven? Sure. But not forgotten.

      Whether or not he actually did the things he was accused of, he defined himself with odd and sometimes downright creepy behavior. And when you are a public figure that’s the way it rolls. Even beyond the kid stuff and the plastic surgery, remember when he was looking to buy John Merricks skeleton?

      But I certainly agree that he was an incredible talent although it’s not my type of music.

  • Knetter

    Michael Jackson for me will forever be linked to a drunken night of dancing to the king of pop and getting into Tiffany Shepis’ panties in a hotel bar in Milwaukee Wisconsin.

    • ZOMBIEFRIENDS

      LOL Then almost getting killed by the Tornadoes and flooding or was that Green Jello, can’t forget that.

  • ZOMBIEFRIENDS

    Michael Jackson will be missed. Huge fan of Thriller, when I was a kid and most of his early to late 80’s stuff. But…Strangely the first thing that I thought was Michael Jackson is Dead. D-E-A-D. His face was white as Myers. Humor helps us in times like these. REST IN PIECE King Of Pop.

    Here is a clip where we re-enacted Thriller year before last at a Zombiewalk at Screamfest.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jq6oPPwVPo

  • JoeDarkfall

    Innocent until proven guilty.

    I like to keep stars personal lives out of whether I like them or not. What they do on there time isn’t any of my buisness.

    Me I was always a HUGE Def Leppard fan, always a rocker through and through, but MJ trancended al genre’…..it didn’t matter whether you were Black or White…..MJ was our Obama.

    If ya smell what I’m cookin’

  • Styling Shatner

    No matter if he actually molested those kids or not, he obviously had mental problems for a long time and it’s real unfortunate that he was never able to get adequate help for those problems. Still, I’ve always enjoyed his music so I was quite shock to hear the news earlier today.

    As for the Thriller video, I’m not afraid to admit that even today, the first four minutes of it creep me the F out. When I was a kid.. nightmare fuel right there, but even with that I always thought it was pretty awesome.

    • thedarkestshadow

      You talking about the “werewolf” part of the video? Bleh. Now the zombie part scared the crap outta me when I was little.

  • ANTiSocial

    R.I.P. I used to love Michael Jackson so much, 4 people called to tell me about this. Very tragic.

  • Screamz

    While I was never a big MJ fan, it is still very saddening. I was playing WII when I heard the sad news and it felt like someone sucker-punched me in the stomach. The man did have a lot of talent and it really is too bad that the scandals overshadow his music. RIP…

  • PelusaMG

    Holy Cow! I just switched on and found this news item… I thought someone was joking for a minute.

    For all his fucked-upness, MJ was a unique and incredible talent. “Off the Wall” and “Thriller” remain for me quintessential pop albums par excellence. I was looking forward to seeing if with his next album he had re-captured some of that magic again, but I guess we might never know now.

    It’s a shame that he will be mostly remembered for his ‘freakish’ appearance and accusations of child abuse, because those of us who experienced his music in the late 70s and 80s know that an extraordinary talent just departed the planet.

    Now you can RIP MJ…

  • Cartoon Autopsy

    Damn! Talk about out of left feild. Despite how werid shit got with him, this is a shock and really sucks. I can remember when I was a kid watching the thriller video and right when Price starts doing his thing when the zombies start popping out I fell in love with the song. After that I had my parents buy it for me… they ended up regreting that because I played it all day. But it will always be one of my favorites and was one of my main reasons why I started even liking music. My condolences go out to his family. R.I.P. to the king of pop, MJ.

  • Teen-Idol

    The younger crowd constantly talking shit just doesn’t understand. They didn’t have a huge idol like Michael in there generation. They don’t understand that no matter what genre you were most likely into (rock, hip hop, metal, etc), nobody could deny the fact that at one point in there life they once danced, hummed, or sang a Michael Jackson song by heart. R.I.P Michael. You’ve left us physically, but will forever be with us in our hearts.

  • kiddcapone

    I guess everyone in my age range basically feels the same and those from different generations don’t have the same appreciation for the man. I grew up listening to Michael Jackson and can remember walking a couple miles to Woolworths as a 10 year old to buy the Thriller single on 45 record. I remember calling the local radio stations and requesting Beat it or Billie Jean and then sitting there for hours with my fingers on the Record button waiting to record it. I even had MJ stickers in my sticker book album. Such memories. The zipper jackets, grammy awards…

    Point is, Michael Jackson was an amazing musician, pop culture icon, writer, and performer. His weirdness and legal issues overshadowed his genius over the last decade. But just judging him strictly on his music career, there’s no denying how great and influential the man was. I just spent the last 2 hours listening to all my favorite MJ songs and I’d be lying if I said I’m not deeply saddened by his untimely death.

    RIP MJ.

  • Didn’t See It Coming

    I knew OJ would come up. The difference is that OJ was acquitted due to some severe fuck ups and technicalities and our precious justice system saw fit to make sure one can’t be tried for the same crime twice.

    I’m not shedding crocodile tears either. I truly think the man turned out incredibly fucked up and I think his behaviour was inappropriate, but I can not deny the fact that in 1982 I heard what is still one of the greatest albums I’ve ever heard.

    I’m also not one to say “don’t speak ill of the dead” or “if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all”. If you have an opinion on what the man was accused of, then by all means, say it, but I’ve been reading some truly hateful and ignorant things.

  • The Butcher

    No no, I’m NOT saying he was guilty of some of the horrible accusations. I’m saying he undermined a lot of relationships, and whether the aforementioned is true or not, you don’t curl up in bed with someone else’s kid. And this is a point he never seemed to understand, much less acknowledge.

    And while I don’t feel I am speaking ill of the dead, I’m not going to cry over someone who has lead a highly suspect life just because he IS dead. Crocodile tears are not my thing. Nor is deifying someone just because they’ve passed away.

    True atheist here.

    I’ll leave it at this.

  • The Butcher

    Sorry, but the scandals have overshadowed any talent he may have had, and his inappropriate behavior should have landed his ass in jail many times over. And this is coming from a HUGE old school soul fanatic. I love Motown, and a lot of the old Jackson 5 stuff. But talent isn’t a get out of jail free card. Even with the crazy ass shit his freak of a father put him through is no excuse for sleeping with children in your bed, innocent or not. And as a parent myself, I don’t appreciate his undermining of many parent/child relationships. He also would get “bored” of one kid and move on to another. Classic abuse pattern.

    I know I sound like a fucking jerk, but I gotta call it how I see it.

    Farrah has my tears today, but not this man.

    That said, OFF THE WALL is his crowning achievement as a solo artist imo.

  • MagusMaleficus

    I’m moonwalking in his honor right now. Yep, even as I type this.

  • Cash Bailey

    He was Elvis to us kids who grew up in the 80’s and early 90’s.

    He lost it after that, but for a good 15 years he was absolutely amazing.

  • Rottenjesus

    Like I was saying to someone earlier, this really came out of left field for me. Despite what happened later, Michael Jackson ruled the 80s and THRILLER will always be the best music video of all time.

    • Didn’t See It Coming

      I completely agree. Yes, his behaviour was suspect but the fact remains that he was never actually proven guilty and maybe my love of the entire album Thriller blinds me a bit, but the hateful stuff I’ve been reading kind of makes me sick.

      • The Woman In Black

        Couldn’t agree more, DSIC. I guess the old adage not to speak ill of the dead is long forgotten in today’s society.

        http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/05/us/05memorial.html

        • Foywonder

          Technically, OJ Simpson was never found guilty of murder either. If he dropped dead today I don’t think that whole double homicide would be overlooked in favor of remembering what a great football player he was. Like it or not, Michael Jackson’s inherent creepiness over most of the last 15-years of his life have forever tarnished his image and it doesn’t all suddenly get swept under a rug just because he passed away prematurely. Only makes his life and death more tragic.

          • MagusMaleficus

            That doesn’t change the fact that he was a fantastic musician and will always be remembered as such. James Brown was a womanizing asshole, as was Rick James. Is that worth remembering, or is it the music?

            And fuck OJ. He can drop dead right now and I won’t shed a tear. That man never gave society anything worth remembering. Michael, on the other hand, will live forever through his music.

          • G.D.

            “James Brown was a womanizing asshole, as was Rick James. Is that worth remembering, or is it the music? ”

            Yeah, James Brown was an asshole. Michael Jackson FUCKED LITTLE KIDS.

            If you don’t think there’s a difference then that says more about you than about anyone else.

          • MagusMaleficus

            Whatever bub.

          • Didn’t See It Coming

            He was accused of those things. ACCUSED. Don’t act like you know he did because you don’t.

      • Terminal

        Well said DSIC.

        Regardless of what his personal life entailed, Jackson is was and will always be one of the greatest entertainers and performers of all time, barnone. It’s a horrible loss for the music community. I grew up with the man’s music for crying out loud.

      • G.D.