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The Booze's Michael Jackson Tribute

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Posted By: The Booze at 6:23 pm

26 Jun 2009

A lot can be said about the King of Pop. He was both Black and White. As a performer, he was a real Thriller…some say he was Off the Wall. Later in his life he was seen as Bad or Dangerous. But even when facing the worst allegations, he managed to stay a Smooth Criminal. I’d like to remember Michael Jackson in my own way…

I can’t tell you exactly when I became a fan of Michael Jackson, but I was probably about 5 years old. For those of you who don’t know, my real name is Michael. Despite a small stint when I wanted to change my name to Kevin (I watched too much Home Alone), I enjoyed being named Michael. I was a fan of everyone that had my name…Michael Jordan, Michael J. Fox, Michael Jackson, Michelangelo, and yes…even Michael Bolton.

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So when CDs became the popular technology, the first thing I bought was the Kriss Kross album, not because of some Michael connection, but because “Jump” was a hot track back then (if you don’t agree, then you’re wiggity wiggity wiggity whack). Anyway, the second CD I bought was the “Free Willy” soundtrack, which of course featured Mr. Jackson himself. This obviously shows that I wasn’t around for the dawn of Michael’s career. I came around toward the end of his reign. However, like someone that decides to watch LOST five seasons late, I didn’t have to wait for the next great thing to come out, I had almost all of his hits at my disposal from the get-go.

Despite being a big fan of his music, my overall appreciation for Michael Jackson stems from the moonwalk. When I was a kid, that was the coolest thing I had ever seen…apart from anything that aired on channel 73 (parental controls weren’t around back then). It was so cool they made a movie about it and even a video game. I don’t see them making video games these days about “the stanky leg” or Young Joc’s motorcycle move.


I was in 10th grade when I finally learned the moonwalk for myself. It was actually my geometry teacher that taught me how to do it. Thinking back now, hanging out after class with a teacher that acted like MJ probably wasn’t the best idea.

Regardless, there’s no denying that the moonwalk has done wonders for me over the years. I don’t dance a lot, but when I’ve got a few drinks in me, I’ve been known to bust a move. Whenever an MJ song comes on at a party I break out the moonwalk. Whenever I’m challenged to a dance off (this happens wayy too often), I moonwalk to victory. Whenever I apply for a job, you can bet my moonwalking makes the resume. And whenever I meet a PYT, she better have a big trunk, cuz I’m putting my moonwalk in it. 

So thank you, Michael Jackson, for inspiring me. Because even though the moonwalk is the only dance move I have, it’s all I’ll ever need.

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