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« on: June 25, 2009, 10:39:16 PM »

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/8119993.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/8119992.stm

Which is a thread I never thought I'd add.  Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2009, 11:37:44 PM »

Wow. I'll admit - I didn't see that one coming. It's quite interesting, isn't it? We all know the time comes to everyone, and we know it comes to the big names in the world, but it's still odd when the news actually breaks. I can almost feel time passing over...

It's all very sad, as is the passing of any other person. I think I'll be thinking about this for quite a while...

(Sorry if that sounds a bit heartless, by the way. It's just a bit surprising.)
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« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2009, 07:55:50 AM »

Well, I suppose that's one way of getting out of a commitment to do a bunch of gigs.

Somewhat mixed feelings about this one. He was part of the soundtrack to my childhood and teenage years and beyond - some amazing achievements such as Thriller. But I suspect the grooming and training for startdom from an early age warped him irretrievably. The Piers Morgan interview with Donny Osmond, pretty much an exact contemporary of his (about a year ago) gave some fairly chilling insights into the life of a child star. Not nice.

Rest in peace, Michael.
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« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2009, 08:19:45 AM »

Strange cove - echo the feeling of ambivalence - celarly the fxxxed up childhood led to a fxxxed up adulthood which the degree of success afforded by making some exceptionally good pop records meant he could avoid dealing with.

He was at the very least foolish to allow himself to repeatedly be in inappropriate situations with other people's children, and of course if the accusations he was cleared of or paid off had any substance then there isn't a fxxxed up childhood on the planet can excuse it.

Watch for a terrible spate of suicides of the stupid in the wake, and sweeping under rugs of complexity in a tirade of unbalanced adoration.

No doubt he was a cultural icon and as such his passing IS a cultural event, I acknowledge its significance but cannot raise any emotion about it. He was so disconnected from any reality I recognise that his ultimate disconnection is nothing more than fact.
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« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2009, 08:28:36 AM »

I was only really a fan of 'Off The Wall' to be honest. Some good stuff afterwards but that was the one for me. As Gerorge Harrison said; all things must pass.

All I will say is I'll bet the promoter behind the O2 gigs is going to find that not many people will be returning their tickets as they'll keep them as a souvenir (just like the Nirvanna tour).
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« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2009, 08:34:41 AM »

I am not a fan of Michael Jackson. I wholly agree with the sentiments of Great Uncle Bulgaria above.

It is sad to see anyone pass, and his millions of fans will no doubt feel a great sense of loss.

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« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2009, 11:42:48 AM »

Don't want to sound cold but i was more hit by farrah Fawcett's death. Now she was an icon. Maybe it's just a bloke thing. Jacko i can take or leave. (i can feel the glares of disaproval already) Made some great music to his credit but i'm sure pitty was never high on his wish list.

 But as you say, always sad.
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« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2009, 12:42:19 PM »

Jacko's music was always in the background for me when I was growing up. Yes he was a talented man but boy was he seriously deranged by his life (and some would say "Is it any wonder?"), but I feel no grief at all at his passing.

Hell I'm even finding the plethora of sick jokes amusing - does that make me a bad person?Huh?
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« Reply #8 on: June 26, 2009, 01:15:08 PM »

I'm wondering what MJ would have been without Quincy Jones at the helm of Off The Wall, Thriller and Bad - not very much I suspect, as it perhaps born out in the observation that after he stopped working with QJ his record sales took a nose-dive. I think QJ was perhaps the real genius behind the King of Pop.
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« Reply #9 on: June 26, 2009, 01:31:26 PM »

Brother Jim - it looks like you and me against the world!!!!!

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« Reply #10 on: June 26, 2009, 01:57:42 PM »

Can I join in? I was bigging up Quincy on the Marillion Forum if that helps.

(actually it's the "against the world" bit I find appealing - I like them odds)
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« Reply #11 on: June 26, 2009, 02:48:00 PM »

I think he lost a whole generation of fans, particularly the ones who are now parents, when he started dangling his baby over the balcony and then all the inappropriate "childcare" scandals that followed.
He was madder than Mad Jack McMad and can't imagine many people I know feeling a huge loss at his passing.
I bet the O2 is a bit peeved!
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« Reply #12 on: June 26, 2009, 02:49:54 PM »

Can I join in? I was bigging up Quincy on the Marillion Forum if that helps.

(actually it's the "against the world" bit I find appealing - I like them odds)


... And Then There Were Three
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« Reply #13 on: June 26, 2009, 03:50:27 PM »

Can I join in? I was bigging up Quincy on the Marillion Forum if that helps.

(actually it's the "against the world" bit I find appealing - I like them odds)


... And Then There Were Three

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(off topic alert!)
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« Reply #14 on: June 26, 2009, 04:09:58 PM »

Can I join in? I was bigging up Quincy on the Marillion Forum if that helps.

(actually it's the "against the world" bit I find appealing - I like them odds)


... And Then There Were Three

...the worst Genesis album IMO.

(off topic alert!)

You could well be right - I'm not a huge Genesis fan therefore I can't comment Grin
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