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Inspired by Das Racist?s latest single, here are my three favorite songs that mention the late-great King of Pop in its title:
Das Racist, ?Michael Jackson?
When Michael Jackson was the world?s biggest pop star, he was an easy target for cheap shots. When he passed away a couple years ago, all mockery was replaced by reverence. In their lead single/music video off their first commercially released album, Relax, I can?t tell if Das Racist is doing the former, the latter, or a little bit of both. Either way I can?t get the hook out of my head.
Deck-of-Jack, ?S.O.M.J. (Summer of Michael Jackson)?
An odd ode to Michael Jackson, especially considering the genre: garage-punk. This 2-minute ditty talks about the summer Michael Jackson died and the radio tributes that fittingly followed: Then all summer long, we sang Michael Jackson songs: ?Beat It,? ?Thriller,? ?Billie Jean,? ?ABC,? and ?P.Y.T.?
Fatboy Slim, ?Michael Jackson?
One album before becoming a household name in the U.S. with his breakthrough, You?ve Come A Long Way Baby, Fatboy Slim released the big-beat predecessor, Better Living Through Chemistry. One of the standout tracks on the album is ?Michael Jackson,? which features Fatboy Slim?s signature production, and a build-up with alternating name-drops of ?Michael Jackson? and ?Tina Turner.? What does it mean? I have no idea, but it?s a great dance tune.