Thoughts on Michael Jackson

So, Wacko Jacko died yesterday.  Quickly the world has ordained him the most influencial musician ever to have lived, the greatest star in the world, blah blah blah.

When did he stop being an alleged child molester and looney who last put out an album that anyone wanted to listen to in 1982?  Since then he’s released three studio albums and one greatest hits album.  Essentially he’s the Guns ‘N Roses of pop music.

So while we’re all sad that the little kid with the great voice turned insane bizarro Diana Ross has died, let’s not go overstating his career.  He kind of sucked. I could list at least 10 musical artists who have made a bigger impact:

  1. Bob Dylan
  2. The Beatles
  3. Stevie Wonder
  4. Elvis
  5. James Brown
  6. Johnny Cash
  7. Lou Reed
  8. Jimi Hendrix
  9. Marvin Gaye
  10. Phil “Gunslinger” Spector

Let’s mourn for his family but not forget that he was a troubled man.  If we can’t be honest in evaluating a man’s life, when can we be?


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