People Magazine called it “entertaining and terrifying,” Entertainment Weekly called it “perplexing,” USA Today has it as “disconcerting and weird,” and Fast Company described it as “strangely mesmerising.”
What is it?
We’re talking about an audio compilation of every single grunt, squeal, moan, woo-hoo, hee-hee, sha-mone, and every other inexplicable sound that Michael Jackson made during his songs.
These unique sounds are undoubtedly part of his genius. As the Verge put it, “During his songs, the sounds make sense — they act like percussion, putting end-points on dance moves and choruses.”
But as it turns out, they’re a little bit horrifying out of context. When there are almost four minutes of them and the audio is overlaid on a picture of someone who looks like Adam Sandler’s distant cousin with a bad wig and wearing a terrible black and red plastic jumpsuit (is this supposed to look like a “Thriller” costume?), it becomes downright terrifying.
Of course, there’s nothing to prove that the Michael Jackson supercut really does “showcase” (for want of a better word) every one of his scats, at the very least it contains an awful lot of them.
While there is nothing at all untoward or risque about the Michael Jackson video, for heaven’s sake don’t even think about listening to this at work unless you’re wearing headphones. Even then, it’s probably a good idea to leave this one for home unless you’re an expert at suppressing your laughter, otherwise everyone will think you’re having convulsions. Just listen to the first 10 seconds and you’ll understand what we mean.
Everyone seems to be competing for the best comment on this strangely awkward Michael Jackson video, but surely USA Today hit the mark.
“Isolated from the backing tracks and any actual singing, the video just sounds like a man who’s out of breath and is really excited about that.“
And, of course, Twitter is having a field day with this Michael Jackson supercut.
— People magazine (@people) May 13, 2015
— someecards (@someecards) May 11, 2015
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