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Thread #121876   Message #2666259
Posted By: Melissa
27-Jun-09 - 11:35 PM
Thread Name: Michael Jackson's Impact On Music Videos
Subject: RE: Michael Jackson's Impact On Music Videos
"That's what Friends are For" was playing around the same time as "Beat It"
Prince, Tina Turner, Lionel Richey...

So, IF he was first/only, it sure didn't last long. In the fall of 83, there was a horrifying amount of fluffy blonde guys with vapid expressions and a variety of videos that all looked alike. Michael Jackson's videos stood out by looking different and he was more interesting to watch, but I'm not convinced that it was a color thing.   

I never saw MTV until college (where it played in the tv room a lot) and 83-84 are squished together in my mind as my introduction to mainstream/pop. At the time, I did watch fairly closely (albeit not often) because I was trying to figure out the attraction. I just didn't get (or have) it.
Watching closely, I am certain I would have noticed All-White..same as I noticed the unbalance between m/f and the way the girl who got pulled onstage always looked the same..and so did the ones rolling around on top of cars and such.

All these threads got me thinking about how I might like to see a couple of those videos again and today was the first time I saw the full length "Thriller".
It was kind of fun to see that red jacket again..

So, although I don't have any real information on whether "Billie Jean" was the absolute first, I do have a pretty strong opinion that IF it was, it wasn't alone for long.