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Michael Jackson Died 5 Years Ago Today

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I was on I-5 driving out of downtown Seattle. My cell rang and it was my daughter-in-law Dayna calling me to say that Michael Jackson had a heart attack and was in critical condition. I turned on Sirius XM…and waited. Not two minutes passed and she called again. Michael Jackson was dead at 50 on this hot summer day in 2009. What. The. Hell

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That’s where I was when I heard the news. I’m sure you’re remembering where you were right at that very moment–right at this very moment, aren’t you?

While writing this post, I came across a song and video of Michael’s that I hadn’t been aware of called, Morphine. Eerily spliced together, this video for a remix of the song splashes images of Michael in various periods of his life (via videos) with clips from the dark and epic film, Pink Floyd The Wall, which starred Bob Geldof. The lyrics alone are, well…you’ll see.

“Morphine”
He got flat baby

Kick in the back baby

A heart attack baby
I need your bodyA hot kiss honey
He’s just a bitch baby
You make me sick baby
So unrelying I’m such a swine baby
All down the line daddy
I hate your kind baby
So unreliable A hot buzz baby
He’s one of us baby
Another drug baby
You so desire

Trust in me
Trust in me
Put all your trust in me
You’re doin’ morphine

Hoo!

They got place baby
Kicked in the face baby
You hate your race baby
You’re just a liar

Your every lick baby
Your dog’s a bitch baby
You make me sick baby
You soul survivor

She never cut from me
She never cut baby
I had to work baby
You just a rival

Always to please daddy
Right up and leave daddy
You’re throwing shame daddy
So undesirable

Trust in me
Just in me
Put all your trust in me
You’re doin’ morphine

Go’on babe

Relax
This won’t hurt you
Before I put it in
Close your eyes and count to ten
Don’t cry
I won’t convert you
There’s no need to dismay
Close your eyes and drift away

Demerol
Demerol
Oh God he’s taking demerol
Demerol
Demerol
Oh God he’s taking demerol

He’s tried
Hard to convince her
To be over what he had
Today he wants it twice as bad
Don’t cry
I won’t resent you
Yesterday you had his trust
Today he’s taking twice as much

Demerol
Demerol
Oh God he’s taking demerol
Hee-hee-hee
Demerol
Demerol
Oh my Oh God it’s Demerol
Hee
Oooh

Oh!

He got shit baby
Your dog’s a bitch baby
You make me sick baby
You are a liar

Is truth a game daddy
To win the fame baby
It’s all the same baby
You’re so reliable

Trust in me
Trust in me
Put all your trust in me
She’s doin’ morphine

Hoo!

You just sit around just talkin’ nothing
You’re takin’ morphine
Hoo!
Go’on baby
You just sit around just talking about it
You’re takin’ morphine
Hoo-hoo!
Just sit around just talking nothing about it
You’re takin’ morphine
You just sit around just talking about it
You’re taking morphine
You just sit around just talkin’ nothin’
And takin’ morphine

Hoo-hoo
I’m going down baby
You’re talkin’ Morphine

Go’on baby!
Hoo!
Hoo!
Morphine!
Do it!
Hoo!
He’s takin’ morphine
Morphine!
Morphine!

Source

“Guns n’ Roses was probably the biggest stadium rock band at the time, and then you have Michael, who is sort of the Elvis Presley of the period – and, like, that’s scary fame,” said Slash, who played on the harrowing industrial funkster from Jackson’s 1997 remix album. Jackson addresses rumors of his painkiller addiction: “Demerol, Demerol/Oh, God, he’s taking Demerol,” like he’s crying for help. Jermaine claimed he began taking pain medications for burns suffered during his 1984 Pepsi commercial: “I doubt he gave a second thought to Demerol’s side effects,” he recalled.

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Okay. I would like to put the morbidity and possible “cries for help” Michael may have been projecting and…well,
DANCE.

Still can’t get enough…

Jackson called the opening track on Off the Wall “my first big chance,” and he wasn’t kidding. Six minutes of joyous pop funk that whooshed like a jet stream, “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” was both an unstoppable hit and a milestone in Jackson’s creative life. “That song means a lot to me,” he wrote in his memoir Moonwalk, “because it was the first song I wrote as a whole.” Indeed, it embodied Jackson’s new, hands-on approach to his music. He not only wrote it but also sang all the multi­layered backing vocals and devised the spoken intro (“to build up tension and surprise people,” he said). He even played the glass bottles (along with his brother Randy) that lend the song added rhythmic sparkle. When his mother, Katherine, questioned the sexual undertones of lines like “Ain’t nothing like a love desire. . . . I’m melting like hot candle wax,” Jackson responded, “Well, if you think it means something dirty, then that’s what it’ll mean. But that’s not how I intended it.”

Oh, Michael. This is how I remember you.

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Rolling Stone Magazine has a fantastic list of what they believe are MJ’s best songs. Take a few minutes to look through the videos–they’re just great. We will ALWAYS rock witchu.

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**For Katy, Jeanne, Joanne, Hunter, Alex, Dayna, Felix, Annaliza, Geoff, Hannah and Jake…

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ‘Can’t Hold Us’ (Feat. Ray Dalton) – Seattle Pride, Y’all!

Seattle’s iconic Space Needle, waving The Heist flag

 

Wow.  What a great video to be released today.  Heart-racing-happy-smile kind of great.  We cannot turn on the news without seeing the horrors of earlier in the week, so how ’bout we just rejoice in the freedom to feel good for 7 minutes?

I give to you, Seattle’s own Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Featuring Ray Dalton) with the official video for “Can’t Hold Us.”  


 

Brought to you by the Seattle Chamber of Commerce.

S’kiddin’

An End Of The World Playlist

Oooh…Remember this? ‘From Dusk Till Dawn”!

 

Since we’re all scheduled to die on Friday, why not go out with some of our favorite tunes?

R.E.M. It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” This is the most obvious thing to play, and you can make yourself dizzy trying to sing along to the lyrics. For a live and more ska version, check out No Doubt‘s cover during MTV‘s New Year’s Eve Bash when we all thought computers were going to kill us when we rolled over into 2000.

U2 Last Night On Earth” While “Pop” wasn’t U2’s most successful album, I still think it was their most ambitious and it’s one of my favorites. This is one of the better cuts and it’s video features the last filmed appearance of William S. Burroughs. You can also check out their song “Until The End of The World” which appears on the soundtrack to the film of the same name.

Prince 1999” You gotta have a little Prince before you die. This one was popular going into the year 1999, but it still resonates today.

Justin Timberlake ft. Beyonce Until The End Of Time” A slow burner if you plan on spending the apocalypse with your boo.

Britney Spears Till The World Ends” Get together with your besties, dance it out and remember all the good times.

Like when you thought Brit and Timberlake were going to be together forever.


 

Soundgarden Blow Up The Outside World” One of the darker songs from DiC faves Soundgarden. Their hit “The Day I Tried To Live” also works.