Patrick sings ‘Thriller’

3 February, 2011 (14:42) | Uncategorized

It isn’t like there’s a regular supply of new information about a music video from 2006, so I take what tenuously connected tidbits I can! Today’s comes from popdust and concerns the latest of Patrick’s YouTube videos:

Patrick Stump’s MJ A Cappella: A Welcome Glee Alternative
Posted by Nick Minichino on 02/02/2011 at 1:15 PM

Notes on this week’s Patrick Stump YouTube a cappella, this time a Michael Jackson medley (“Billie Jean”/”Scream”/”Man In the Mirror”/”The Way You Make Me Feel”/”Leave Me Alone”/”Thriller”/”Remember the Time”):

• First of all, shout-out to the requisite bow-tie. It’s still a good look for Stump, although we are also fond of his getup from the video of Fall Out Boy’s cover of “Beat It.”

• This and the “Green Light” video were tagged “Soul Punk,” which is the name of his upcoming album. Coincidentally, it’s also a combination of the two ideals Glee largely lacks. (Protip for alternate post-Super Bowl viewing: Stump’s video transitions into “Thriller” at 3:05, sans Yeah Yeah Yeahs mash-up/trance-synth backing track.)

• Why the continuing appeal of the title track from Thriller? Is it all thanks to John Landis? Well, yes. “Thriller” is certainly a great song, but it was also the seventh single from the record, and five of the previous six are at least as good (sorry, “The Girl Is Mine”).

• A plurality of the chosen tracks are from Bad (the central triad of the medley). But “Jam” in particular, or more from Dangerous in general, would have been a more than welcome addition to the playlist. Not to mention that the vocal sampling with which he’s experimenting in these clips would lend itself well to the sampler-heavy new jack swing-esque sound of that 1991 Michael Jackson album. Of late only Amerie has really succeeded at multi-tracking her own voice into harmonies, punctuations, and back-up vocals, but more attempts are always more than welcome, especially from talented vocalists like Patrick Stump.

• Overall, these clips continue to be phenomenal. Here’s hoping for more! Is there anything you’d love to hear him tackle? Let us know in the comments!

John Landis is a perfectly acceptable reason to adore Thriller — sometimes all you need in order to adore a song or an artist is a fabulous video inspired by horror movies. Obviously.

In other news, I’m reading Stephen King’s Danse Macabre and it has some great insights into the film versions of Richard Matheson’s ‘I am Legend’, which was as much an inspiration for the Sixteen Candles video as ‘Thriller’ was. I’ll write out some of what King has to say if I get the time/inclination. And eventually I’ll do that transcript of the video commentary from the Believers Never Die DVD, too. Any year now.

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