Monday Music: the Boy with the Thorn in His Side edition

Here’s Michael Jackson in Mexico, past his prime and yet still able to bring the house down while wearing what appears to be a ladies’ one-piece bathing suit over a pair of short black pants, no less.

It has been a crappy few days in pop culture, don’t you think?

Now, because Drew tagged me in the Eclectic Music Selection meme on Facebook, I will be playing by its rules today. It means including 15 more songs. A closer look at the scary annals of my music library, which is still getting re-built, no less. Ready?:

1. Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ – Michael Jackson
2. The Scientist – Coldplay
3. Use Somebody – Kings of Leon
4. Bleeders – the Wallflowers
5. 4th of July, Asbury Park – Bruce Springsteen
6. Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin
7. She Really Wants You – Aimee Mann
8. Why – Annie Lennox
9. King Without a Crown – Matisyahu
10. In God’s Country – U2
11. Torn – Natalie Imbruglia
12. Gong – Sigur Ros
13. Born Slippy – Underworld
14. Sun King – the Beatles
15. Logical Song – Supertramp
16. Djatel – Ivan Kupala
17. Sometimes You Gotta Make It Alone – Money Mark
18. Nochnaya Kobyla – Melnitsa
19. Upward Over the Mountain – Iron & Wine
20. More Than This – the Cure
21. Buckets of Rain – Bob Dylan
22. Guess How Much I Love You – the Lucksmiths
23. A Cloak of Elvenkind – Marcy Playground
24. The Queen is Dead – the Smiths
25. Sugarcube – Yo La Tengo

This might make for a decent funeral playlist, I think. Especially after a couple of drinks, when all of the regular mourners have departed, and the hardcore crazies are paying homage to memories that are all together unspoken.

“Oh it’s such a shame for us to part.”

“Like a king without his crown, I keep falling down.”

“A cloaking robe of elvenkind
Hangs in my wardrobe behind
All the things that mother said
Were proper for a boy…”

You know what wasn’t proper for a boy? Pretty much the whole of Michael Jackson’s childhood. What we have preserved in clips generously available on YouTube are the luminous moments, flashes in the dark and all that.

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