So you’re one of the biggest bands on the planet, and a new movement in rock music has people thinking you’re starting to sound passé. What do you do?
Release an album of punk covers, and name it after that time the old drummer tried to sue the band… Sure, why not?
Good songs tend to have a certain timeless quality. The same can’t really be said for everything else that’s going on in this video though. I’m sure I’ve seen videos that’ve come across as more dated, but I really can’t think of any.
It’s been my experience that this song is almost guaranteed to be played at least once, and nearly every wedding reception.
This single song’s been not just present for, but been a big motivation behind my change in attitude towards dancing over the years.
Growing up, the mere thought of dancing would bring on the intense anxiety, and fear of not only looking awkward, but being judged by spectators. At some point, Billy Jean came along, and it was less of a big deal to just move to the music. I stopped worrying about what people might think and just focused on what was important: having fun.
This might just be my favourite song to dance to at weddings.
Oddly enough, I came across this gem by way of “Rump Shaker” by Wreckx-N-Effect. It turns out the lines, “I like the way you comb your hair, and I like those stylish clothes you wear” have been used in a few songs since this DeBarge hit.
The Clash are hands down, one of the greatest punk bands of all time. They pioneered an entire genre, and as such, never seemed tied to what that genre had to mean.