It Was 25 Years Ago Today...
2012-08-30 by John Cruz | 43 Comments

Well ok it was 25 years ago tomorrow. But it could be today if you are reading this tomorrow. So we'll just let sleeping dogs lie. It was a good Beatles reference for a big Beatles fan.

August 31st marks the 25th anniversary of the release of Michael Jackson's BAD album. A landmark recording for reasons still unknown, the truth of the matter is it's half great and half ok. Which makes it all good, of course. But whatever the case the great half managed to garner a record at the time 5 Number One Singles. And that ain't bad, no. It's BAD. But nothing was that simple with Michael Jackson. And so while BAD is not consistently great as an album, it didn't have to be. Michael knew just what to do with it.

A special album for fans, BAD saw Michael move further away from his R&B roots and closer to the pop center where kids, soccer moms, Pepsi, and the mainstream could embrace him even further. Thriller may have cemented Jackson as the biggest selling pop star of all time, but BAD would be the album used to make him an icon. And his legion of near militant fans could not get enough of BAD or Michael or his quest for pop dominance. In fact, album and artist were as one and the same in the eyes of many. Such was the skill of MJ's marketing machine, the determination of the artist, and the devotion of his fans.

So hear we have BAD at 25, and it's a big deal for many. To mark the occasion you can make a cash donation to Michael's estate for his impoverished kids, and his estate will send you some stuff. Stuff such as the Bad 25th Anniversary Edition Box Set for $35. It contains the album, unreleased material, a live DVD, booklet and a lot of packaging. To be released September 18, available at Amazon and other online retailers.

Cheap like me? Well good for you. For us we have Spike Lee's documentary BAD25 to be aired on ABC Thanksgiving Night. Lee worked closely with the Jackson estate while making the film and was able to compile never before seen footage of the pop star at work and at the peak of his creative powers in studio and onstage. Lee is said to capture the phenomena the BAD album, video, record breaking tour, and artist created and became very well, and it's sure to make a fun holiday diversion.

BAD is the third and final Jackson album produced by Quincy Jones and many feel Jackson the musical artist suffered once he and Jones parted ways. Whatever MJ's albums were and weren't at the time, for the most part they were consistent and uniform and with a clear musical vision. But after BAD not so much, as Jacko became more Wacko and drawn into things nothing to do with music. However for at least half an album before his downward spiral Jackson was still great. And I guess that is a good enough reason to remember, and celebrate his HIStory. If just a little.

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reynolds666
August 30th 2012

44 Comments


He touches kiddies

johnnydeking29
August 30th 2012

8972 Comments


w00t, another shit article that no-one gives a fuck about

taxidermist
August 30th 2012

7195 Comments


You misspelled Michael every time, Mr. Cruz. Some people are anal about it, so fix it. Or don't :-p

JohnXDoesn't
August 30th 2012

1267 Comments


25!

JohnXDoesn't
August 30th 2012

1267 Comments


i am going to let one of sputniks highly skilled editors fix my typos and grammars, ty very much taxi

WeepingBanana
August 30th 2012

10038 Comments


awesome

Ire
August 30th 2012

41746 Comments


the golden age of sputnik

those were the days

TheSpirit
August 30th 2012

17130 Comments


This is some skillful trolling

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WeepingBanana
August 30th 2012

10038 Comments


i don't understand how this is trolling

people getting butthurt over the articles is literally the most retarded thing to ever happen on the
site

EDIT: okay maybe not the most retarded thing, but it's up there

chesse13
August 30th 2012

2326 Comments


Well ok it was 25 years ago tomorrow. But it could be today if you are reading this tomorrow.


lol these are the best

Volt2187
August 30th 2012

241 Comments


This is news, how?



SpaceCunt
August 30th 2012

100 Comments


Michael Jackson was pretty terrible, to be honest, and kind of accounts for the lacking taste in common society.

Maniac!
August 30th 2012

26246 Comments


This would be better off as a blog post, but I guess only 'staff' get to use that

Captain North
August 30th 2012

6768 Comments


Ok, I lol'd a few times on this one. Never got the love for MJ.

MO
August 30th 2012

18194 Comments


the man had some of the slickest dance moves ever

defjaw83
August 30th 2012

1765 Comments


"Never got the love for MJ"

Really? Wow

qwe3
August 30th 2012

21353 Comments


tbh i like these articles if not for the writing for the terrible users who come in droves to express their even worse opinions

qwe3
August 30th 2012

21353 Comments


oh shit a children of bodom fan thinks this article sucks better stop writing jxd

Vespiion
August 30th 2012

1221 Comments


I like reading hilarious stuff, but when I try and defend my favorite music site, these articles don't really help.

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WeepingBanana
August 30th 2012

10038 Comments


these are the only articles with any type of personality. before this sputnik news was just paraphrasing what users read from other articles/band websites resulting in

"generic post-rock band with 1 EP that has 5 votes are set to release and LP soon. here's the track listing"

i mean i'm just as guilty for that cause i admittedly don't put much effort into the few news articles that i post. i just don't understand all the bitching

JAXETA
August 30th 2012

766 Comments


oh cruz

MO
August 30th 2012

18194 Comments


"i just don't understand all the bitching"

unfortunately the internet gives all sorts of morons a voice so they will always feel the need to bitch and moan about the most minute things to feel important, such is the way it goes

WeepingBanana
August 30th 2012

10038 Comments


morons still have a right to voice their opinion




just not without ridicule

MO
August 30th 2012

18194 Comments


and that's next to impossible on the web

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
August 30th 2012

4507 Comments


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uC8LSV-j2g

ZilbelPing
August 30th 2012

6026 Comments


This is what that list is about? Wow what a faggot.

This is a good laugh, better than regular news articles where you're just like "oh cool" and move on. People getting offended by this is actually pretty lol worthy

MO
August 30th 2012

18194 Comments


is that motherfuckin' Fulgore if so m/

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
August 30th 2012

4507 Comments


fru

ZilbelPing
August 30th 2012

6026 Comments


Fuck yeah, man. Killer Instinct is like one of the best fighting games ever so m/

KILL
August 30th 2012

70404 Comments


rip!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Fieryfenderz
August 30th 2012

1422 Comments


Let's keep news about, well, news.

KILL
August 30th 2012

70404 Comments


no this is more FUN.

Scoot
August 30th 2012

17677 Comments


some nights

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North0House2
August 30th 2012

5800 Comments


Mmmk.

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Emim
August 30th 2012

26474 Comments


He called it Bad cause Terrible didn't fit on the album sleeve

Fieryfenderz
August 30th 2012

1422 Comments


Is that your new thing Kill?

fireandblood
August 30th 2012

198 Comments


Holy shit more Killer Instict fans, this made my day. Combo is boss

massasarcasm
August 30th 2012

54 Comments


"the man had some of the slickest dance moves ever"
Smooth like butter, and fluid like water. This motherfucker was BAD.

LifeAsAChipmunk
August 30th 2012

4854 Comments


that's pretty much the issue here.

iambandersnatch
August 30th 2012

1464 Comments


These are funny when thrown in occasionally. But there's too many lately and they become more tiresome and tldr than funny

HSThomas
August 30th 2012

668 Comments


These are funny when thrown in occasionally. But there's too many lately and they become more tiresome and tldr than funny (2)


Mabbitt
August 31st 2012

1322 Comments


These are funny when thrown in occasionally. But there's too many lately and they become more tiresome and tldr than funny [3]

something about it just screams pretentious

Emim
August 31st 2012

26474 Comments


YAH FUCK DA STAFF



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