Tribute to Michael Jackson: Sound On Sight Podcast #130

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Yes, he was the punchline of about a quarter-million Tonight Show jokes. But Michael Jackson’s stop-on-a-dime dance moves and sensual soprano have influenced generations of musicians, dancers and entertainers, and the man was so much more than what the tabloids made him out to be. One of entertainment’s greatest icons, he was incredibly gifted, and like most gifted individuals he was an equally troubled genius who kept us captivated at his most dazzling, and at his most appalling moments. The New York Times once described him as one of the six most famous people on the planet. I’d like to up the ante:  he was the most famous person on the planet. He influenced artists ranging from Justin Timberlake to Madonna, and genres from rock to pop to R&B to even rap. No other artist has been as unifying. On Episode 130 of Sound On Sight we will examine Michael in film, discuss his legendary music videos review his films and remember a legend.



  1. seema says

    i love micheal i love alway you are my heart meri jaan

  2. Stephen says

    You guys have been doing a great show. I always look forward to it. Even when you talk about things I’m not interested in. The Michael Jackson episode was really good. I didn’t expect it and it surprised it.

  3. Ricky says

    I added this show back to I Tunes so it should work now!

  4. Tristan says

    ‘Leave Me Alone’ was on the BAD album. Great special. THE WIZ was definitely not a good film, but I did enjoy it. I think my favorite album of his was dangerous, though my favorite song of his is ‘Smooth Criminal’. My second favorite is ‘Will You Be There’ from the Free Willy soundtrack. I’ve always loved Michael Jackson. Even his last album, which a lot of people felt was lacking, I enjoyed. I think what a lot of people have problems with is that his music started to be too much about his personal life when his 80s and early 90s songs were all about having fun and loving life. I guess I never really minded that since I still think he’s talented and even though it sucks that a lot of people will remember him for his bizarre behavior I still respect the guy for his music. I’m not gonna judge him for things that I know nothing about. I doubt that he even did a lot of the REALLY crazy stuff people were saying. Like, I doubt that he was a child molester and I doubt that he bought the bones of John Merrick and kept them in his basement. I don’t know, the 90s were pretty strange. Damn. Anyway yeah, I’ll always love Michael Jackson and his music. He was a terrific human being and it sucks that he had to leave us so soon.

    1. Ricky says

      Michael was amazing and no other celebrity has given as much money to charity as he did. He will be missed by those people who need him. I also don’t believe any of the child abuse reports. Why is it that the thousands of other kids never had any problems with him? If you ever watch any documentary about child molesters like Deliver Us from Evil, you will notice that once one kid comes out, dozens of others do too. It’s a disease and they can’t stop so why is it that he only had one kid accuse him.
      Yeah he was strange but everyone is strange. At least he did a lot of good in the world unlike the people that criticize him.

  5. Clare Nina says

    “Smooth Criminal”. So damn freaking good.
    And yeah, I never thought he was sexual either. Except maybe circa “Off The Wall”. That album is pretty sexy.

  6. Croc says

    I still could not get Episode 130 via Itunes, I think it’s their fault. This episode is really really awesome ! You guys really topped yourself. Thank you. And Btw Rick, Roger Ebert is not a retard when it comes to art film, Roger Ebert is one of the best critics ever.

    1. Ricky says

      Yeah I still feel bad about calling him retarded. However I really can’t go to him for reviews on art house films. I have read several reviews of his and when he does not understand a movie, he just gives up, throws his hands in the air and says “I don’t get it.” I want a critic who is going to ask questions, and challenge himself. However I always quote him when it comes to mainstream films or just American cinema in general.

  7. Mark says

    Werewolf of London? the best horror film of all time?

    Wow, I have to disagree with you on that boastful claim.

    I’ve seen it and it is shit.

    1. Ricky says

      I said it was one of the best Horror films, not the best and yes it is good.

      1. Mark says

        WEREWOLF OF LONDON…… god!!!!!!!!!!!!
        Vomit inducing.
        You need an older co host to stand up for pre-80’s horror films for jesu’s sake. Yikes.

        1. Ricky says

          Old people smell funny.

  8. Ricky says

    Guys the podcast is working on I Tunes. I am not sure what you are doing. The MJ special is before the Transformers special. If you click on Sound On Sight you should see the entire list of shows. It is there and it does work. If you wait for I Tunes to download the shows automatically, I think it only downloads the last show. I am not sure but in any case it is there.

  9. Croc says

    Hi Ricky, awesome shows this week. But I can’t get the Jackson show on Itunes either.

    1. Ricky says

      hmmm – but can you guys get the other shows?

  10. Alyssa says

    So glad to have more episodes this week. However, I am having trouble getting the MJ episode via iTunes. I keep getting errors. Any ideas?

    1. Ricky says

      Hey Alyssa. Is it jus the MJ episode or all three shows we did last night? It could be that I Tunes is a little slow on updating our feed this week. Let me know if it works for you now. I added the show last night at 3:00 in the morning so maybe it is because you tried to listen to it right after I uploaded it. I am not sure why.

  11. Tim says

    Wacko grabbing his crotch might not be sexual, but it damn sure is creepy. Shk shk jamon ah!

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