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Buddy_Gilapagos
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"Were they playing the song "Thriller" up in da club?"


  

          

Or was it just a novelty song mainly to support the video? Hard to imagine people who aren't kids rolling around bumping Thriller (the song, not the album).

Did Black Radio play Black or White? I can't imagine that song going over THAT well (I am thinking folks were more like "There goes michael being michael" and rolling their eyes). Can you imagine all the thought pieces if an Black or White dropped now? Or if Kanye made a song with a similar theme?


Some things I am to young to remember, some things I just don't think I thought about (or cared about) at the time.




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RE: Were they playing the song "Thriller" up in da club?
Mar 27th 2015
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Probably not, when Billie Jean existed
Mar 27th 2015
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Yes! that was the event video drop that black people were talking about.
Mar 27th 2015
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It's almost unfair to compare any song to Billie Jean.
Mar 27th 2015
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Thriller (the single) went hard AF. It's kinda hard to remember without ...
Mar 27th 2015
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I know right?
Mar 27th 2015
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Didn't need to, Thriller was the most watched music video of all time
Mar 27th 2015
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I remember "Wanna Be Startin' Something" being big on the floor.
Mar 27th 2015
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i'm almost 99% sure Wanna be startin somethin
Mar 27th 2015
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I'd bet PYT got folks up on the floor too. n/m
Mar 27th 2015
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Wanna be startin somethin had the call and response near the
Mar 27th 2015
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nah.. I think that was made for TV
Mar 27th 2015
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The played it at my elementary school dances. In there looking like this
Mar 27th 2015
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not at Harry C's, Club Metro, or Don Jose's
Mar 27th 2015
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I thought the same with SMOOTH CRIMINAL
Mar 27th 2015
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B or W was played on black radio in STL.
Mar 27th 2015
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yeah I remember seeing the video debut.
Mar 27th 2015
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yeah Black or White only hit #3 on r&b radio
Mar 27th 2015
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40% of niggas in the club wearing red and black
Mar 27th 2015
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you can still hear it today if you go to the right parties
Mar 27th 2015
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fk yes..startin somethin, beat it, billie jean too
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Ashy Achilles
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1. "RE: Were they playing the song "Thriller" up in da club?"
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>Or was it just a novelty song mainly to support the video?
>Hard to imagine people who aren't kids rolling around bumping
>Thriller (the song, not the album).

Too young to remember

>Did Black Radio play Black or White?

Yes

  

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Dr Claw
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2. "Probably not, when Billie Jean existed"
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regarding "Black and White", I do remember it getting some play when it was the first single out, but when "Remember The Time" hit, it was a wrap

  

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Buddy_Gilapagos
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3. "Yes! that was the event video drop that black people were talking about."
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I feel like Black or White got a shrug.


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7. "It's almost unfair to compare any song to Billie Jean. "
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I could only imagine how folks was actin when that came on in the club.

  

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placee_22
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4. "Thriller (the single) went hard AF. It's kinda hard to remember without ..."
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of the interruptions from the video version.

But that beat kinda knocked.

So, I'm almost certain it got love in the club...in the early 80s...sheeit.

  

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11. "I know right? "
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5. "Didn't need to, Thriller was the most watched music video of all time"
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MTV played it constantly back in the day.

Wanna Be Starting Something, Baby be Mine, and Billie Jean were probably the club bangers. THEY STILL ARE

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6. "I remember "Wanna Be Startin' Something" being big on the floor. "
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8. "i'm almost 99% sure Wanna be startin somethin "
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was prolly bumpin in spots in 84


edited because i had the 2 songs mixed up

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9. "I'd bet PYT got folks up on the floor too. n/m"
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12. " Wanna be startin somethin had the call and response near the"
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end that was huge.


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legsdiamond
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10. "nah.. I think that was made for TV"
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but that breakdown is hot as fuck....

we were going to use it in Elementary school but a parent complained because the guy says Hell during the voice over at the end.

  

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13. "The played it at my elementary school dances. In there looking like this"
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14. "not at Harry C's, Club Metro, or Don Jose's"
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15. "I thought the same with SMOOTH CRIMINAL"
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Saw a SOUL TRAIN LINE clip of them dancing to that.

at first I wasn't quite sure if it was fake. but yeah, apparently they attempted. and it was just AWKWARD.


I NEVER assumed SMOOTH CRIMINAL was a dance/party joint. Im sure the Year and some change between the album release and the video release left many people shaking their heads not really sure what to do with the song.

Love it by the way.

Still want to hear the work that ROGER TROUTMAN allegedly did on it but was never released though.

probably woulda been a WHOLE different situation then...

  

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16. "B or W was played on black radio in STL."
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>Did Black Radio play Black or White? I can't imagine that song
>going over THAT well (I am thinking folks were more like
>"There goes michael being michael" and rolling their eyes).

no.

the song was released in 1991 ahead of Dangerous. MJ was still the biggest Pop star on the planet - this was the year when he crowned himself King of Pop. his star was fading b/c Hip-Hop had exploded and he hadn't released a new album of studio material since HH had gone mainstream in the late 80s. plus New Jack Swing had taken over R&B. but MJ was still the biggest and this new release was widely played on sight b/c it was a new MJ song - the first new MJ song in 4 yrs. yes, Black radio played it...at first. it didn't get played for long and i don't think it was a #1 R&B jam. but it was played.

i also remember hearing 'Who Is It' - ahead of the album and ahead of its official release on a single in 1992 or 1993. but i only heard it once or twice. i suspect Epic/Sony may have released 'Who Is It' as a promo single for black radio b/c they suspected 'B or W' may not hit at R&B. but then i doubt that b/c i only heard it once on black radio in STL and then i only heard 'B or W' for the next few weeks/months until the next single, 'Remember the Time'.

>Can you imagine all the thought pieces if an Black or White
>dropped now? Or if Kanye made a song with a similar theme?

yeah. of course, back then the main controversy about the song related to the video w/MJ grabbing his crotch when he danced and destroying a car w/a sledgehammer. it was deemed to sexual and too violent and that portion of the video was edited out.

fuck you.

  

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17. "yeah I remember seeing the video debut."
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And I don't remember being blown away. But I don't remember being "this is some bullshit"

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20. "yeah Black or White only hit #3 on r&b radio"
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Remember The Time and In The Closet hit #1 though

All 3 went #1 on the dance charts


I still remember Black or White and Remember The Time's video premieres.....

  

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18. "40% of niggas in the club wearing red and black"
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Leather jackets......you think the dj aint gonna play "Thriller"? Haha

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19. "you can still hear it today if you go to the right parties"
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21. "fk yes..startin somethin, beat it, billie jean too"
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