Much has been written and said about Michael Jackson over the last few weeks. Rather than add to the chorus, we thought readers might enjoy seeing him in an offbeat video from his glory days: "Say Say Say," a Paul McCartney/Michael Jackson composition that has some historical implications and shows the storied singer at his Thriller-era peak.
The tune has great credentials. In addition to being written and sung by the two legends, it was produced by Beatles' studio genius George Martin and recorded at Abbey Road. It was their second released duet, the first being "The Girl Is Mine," which appeared on Thriller. This one showed up on McCartney's Pipes Of Peace solo LP.
The 1983 video--directed by Bob Giraldi, who also directed the "Beat It" vid--has the two singers as old school con men with hearts of gold, ripping off the gullible public to help out an orphanage. The video was one of the first to feature both a storyline and dialogue, and reportedly cost over a half a million bucks to film. Both Linda McCartney and LaToya Jackson show up, LaToya, somewhat disturbingly, as Mike's romantic interest.
We hope you enjoy "Say Say Say"--let us know what you think!
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1-- "Well, durn. I requested 'O Susanna,' but that sounds like 'How Do You Sleep?'"
2 -- "The owner of every song you've ever written? Right over here!"
3 -- "I didn't think I'd ever sell that damn chimpanzee."
4 -- "Help! He has the head of a pumpkin!!"
5 -- "Give Heather Mills a fair settlement, you bastard!"
6 -- "Indiana Jones versus me? Does he get to have his whip?"
7 -- "Seriously, dear, this is all yours if you can get him to stop with the shameless mugging and eye-popping already."
8 -- "And if you look over there, Michael, you can see your career rapidly eclipsing my own."
9 -- "I also sing such hits as 'Blue Tail Fly' and 'I've Been Working On The Railroad.' But you must order now!"
10 -- "Holy cow! Both of our faces are getting whiter!"
11 -- "Hey, Mike, they do have Diet Jesus Juice in here."
12 -- "You mean you were the walrus?! G'wan!"