I just came across an ad for the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s sixth solo album. Did I miss something a few months ago? The release date was 11/30/82. I guess this MJ does not get the press he once did.

Amazing how much changes in 25 years. Forget the world at large (no PCs, mobile phones, Internet, Clinton or Bush presidencies). Just think about how different Michael’s and my life are now vs. then. He was actually famous for his music. Well, enough about him. Let’s get to me.

It was close to half a lifetime ago. I not only had a young constitution—I was young. Lighter, faster. Single, no children. Early in my career. Runner, not biker. Living in my first apartment with Eric the cat. Out drinking on a Friday night with Dave. Not a woman in sight.

Michael Jackson and I crossed paths soon after Thriller was released. Actually, I crossed paths with Thriller. I was doing what I did for many of my early, single vacations. I went to an all inclusive, singles oriented warm locale in the winter. The year before had been Hedonism in Jamaica. This year was the Club Med in Cancun.

At that time Cancun was not built up like it is today and the Club Med sat at one end of the beach not very near much else. That meant that entertainment in the late evening was reduced to the Disco at the Club. In early 1983 disco was just about dead everywhere but Club Med. The DJ had limited music choices. My dancing skills had limits. I could be not embarrassed if I jitterbugged which at the time I liked to do to 1950s and early 1960s Rock and Roll. I had no moonwalking capability.

It seemed that 90% of the songs played at this disco were bad disco music (is that a redundancy) or songs from Thriller.  Thiller, over and over again. Night after night. One night a bunch of us were just standing around. Listening to Thriller. Not dancing, standing. I asked the DJ if he had any Rock and Roll. He did.

For the next 15-20 minutes the dance floor was packed as we danced to music we enjoyed. Then he ran out of songs or just needed another Thriller fix. Moments later the dance floor was empty again. You would have thought he might get the hint. No way.

Its been 25 years so I guess I can listen one more time.

‘Cause This Is Thriller, Thriller Night
And No One’s Gonna Save You From The Beast About
You Know It’s Thriller, Thriller Night
You’re Fighting For Your Life Inside A Killer, Thriller

Here is 8 minutes worth. Feel free to play it over and over.

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3 Responses to Thriller

  1. Frank says:

    That is one great story…really great. I remember Thriller well…that 25 years since its release has gone by in a flash.

  2. pax romano says:

    It’s all passes in the blink of an eye.

    And Thriller is one great song!

  3. 48facets says:

    Pax, you more than others would appreciate the horror movie feel of the video. I like the song as well as “Billie Jean”, another cut off the album. But like all great things, they need to be enjoyed in moderation.

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