Friday, July 17, 2009

Remembering the King of Pop

Show Notes: While there's been no shortage of press coverage on the death of Michael Jackson, we would be shirking our responsibilities as the web's home of retro pop culture, if we didn't put together a fitting tribute of our own.

Steve Barron has directed the music videos for some of the biggest songs of the 80s (and a few films for that matter). For our purposes though, he was the guy behind the camera of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" video. You absolutely know this one...the sidewalk tiles lighting up as MJ dances along. It was a huge breakthrough moment in Michael's career and one of the early videos played on MTV, which you'll hear about. Steve was a cool guy to talk with and shared some very specific memories of working with Michael and making that video.

And while I failed to track down an American Family Publisher's Sweepstakes winner, I did catch up with a former Star Search champion and am glad we were able to get reaction to the passing of Farrah Fawcett and Ed McMahon.

If you haven't already heard this one, check it out.

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