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Death of Michael Jackson casts a shadow over Elton’s fundraiser

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  1. While I am sorry about the man’s death, alas for the next month we are going to be subjected to pan-Continental hysteria and wailing, eclipsing that of Diana Spencer.

    The ‘Niagara-falls’, one-way deluge of praise and tribute muzak we will be subjected to on national radio – and especially chart rundowns – will be as excruciating as being stranded all weekend in a hotel lift.

    Almost everything after the Thriller album (musically, the genuis of Quincy Jones more so than its front-man, Jackson) was frankly, bland forgettable rubbish which will have zero musical significance. It is nonsense on stilts and rank hypocrisy for pepople to say otherwise.

    If the whole of the Top 25 on Amazon’s album charts is to be filled with the man’s output, I hope there is also room on the YouTube chart for Jarvis Cocker’s dance routine during one of MJ’s Christ-like performances at the Brits 1996 awards.

  2. I see Pink News had to find some way of sliding a bit of Jacko-related news in, however tenuous the connection.

  3. Sister Mary Clarence 26 Jun 2009, 10:19pm

    Thought the same myself Rob.

    Very sad nonetheless (his death that is)

  4. Simon Murphy 27 Jun 2009, 2:29am

    Thank god it wasn’t Madonna.

    I would have then been personally upset.

    RIP Jacko.

  5. I was not a fan, really, of Michael Jackson’s music because I am of a different generation. However, I do recognize a through-bred performer when I witness him or her, and Jackson was such an individual. I believe the glow of his spirit and his singing/dancing genius will be cherished by fans and admirers worldwide, forever. I, like so many, am saddened by his untimely death. Rest in peace, my bother.

  6. If the “celebrity guests” were really left “stunned” they really must inhabit some extra-sheltered coccoon. Or perhaps any suggestion of mortality comes as a shock to them.

  7. Paul Gambaccini said something insightful yesterday – Judy Garland died 40 years ago this week and at the time of her death the press for some time had reported little about her other than her sad tale of drink, drugs and suicide attempts. Today what we remember are her wonderful singing and great movies. It will probably be the same for Michael Jackson – the troubled and troubling life will be less important in time than the great performances and music. In the late 70’s and early 80’s he was at the very top of a game with serious competition in it – let’s remember that with pleasure and gratitude.

  8. How great to hear the name of JUDY GARLAND! Yes, I can see the connection to Michael Jackson. RIP, and his talent will live on thanks to the hi-tech society in which he lived and breathed.

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