Old School Friday: The Jackson Family!
By now you may have seen the news item about Marlon Jackson and his investment in a Nigerian slavery-themed amusement park. I had too much to say and I just didn’t have the heart to start delving into the Jacksons and their weirdness, so I’m glad for this week’s theme! I do love the Jacksons, I really, really do, I just don’t always have the patience for the madness that results from getting yelled at for leaving towels in the pool or whatever else it was that Joe Jackson cracked those kids’ hides for – the surgery, the unreasonable drama, the ill-advised hair. Ultimately, I have to respect the clan as a concept; for a black family to make such a huge contribution to pop culture is unprecedented, and white people get to be weirder as they get more successful so why can’t we? I want to take full advantage of this theme and focus just on the offbeat Jacksons, so allow me to get a tad Thembi with it.
I’ve been waiting since like my second post to bring up some 3T – do you remember them? If you weren’t sure where their obvious Jackson-faces came from, the group consisted of Tito’s three sons Taj, Tarryl, and TJ (if you are feeling a Smollet vibe right now you are not alone). Can you imagine being a mixed Jackson? Their very existence is some sort of intriguingly fantastic hybrid . . . a liger, a tangelo or a Wuzzle. Anyway, the trio’s mother was murdered in 1994 so the boys dedicated their 1995 debut, Brotherhood, to her memory. Can you believe that it sold three million copies worldwide? “Anything” is one of my favorites as a song and the video has EVERYTHING 1995 – a tied-to-midriff shirt, lil’ mixed boys only distinguishable from each other by their individually tragic hair, torrential rain, and a wardrobe by Aeropostale. It really is almost perfection.
I know I’m focusing on offbeat Jacksons but I don’t have much to say about Rebbie because ol’ girl may be the only normal one of the bunch – no mater what anyone says I still think Janet is barely containing her true nuttiness. Rebbie’s 1984 jam “Centipede,” hit #24 on the Pop charts and #4 on the R&B charts, which is considered a failure by Jackson standards. I had never seen the video until recently and it is DELICIOUS.
Ok just one more? Why didn’t I know this was Jermaine Jackson singing 1984’s “Do What You Do?” This is one of the songs that brought me into the easy listening fold back in the day that no longer has much of a home on the radio. This video is another story…
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