It was the year of the Jheri Curl and Michael Jackson’s curl was the curls of ALL curls!

In this video clip you’re about to watch, you’ll sense that MJ was SERIOUS about his curl. In preparation for the Thriller album, his hairdresser, God bless her, looked as if she had no clue how to get his jheri curl poppin’! I was amused at her effort and even more amused at the instructions MJ had to give her!

“I want to keep it the way it is now unless there’s another look you want to use”, Michael suggests to the hairdresser and the art director who was holding the camera. It was obvious my dude walked in the building with the style he already put together for the ‘Thriller’ album cover shoot. He’ll be damned if he worked all morning getting his curl right, only for homegirl to mess it up!

The hairdresser goes for the idea of using another look, and CLEARLY she has no clue! She takes her comb and slightly pushes certain areas of his hair for a puffy effect. There was very little effort to upgrade MJ’s style.

She poked

She patted

played with his bobby pins that he already placed

and that’s it

“Spray some water and play with the ends”, we hear MJ tell the woman at one point. He’s instructing this woman to get some DO RIGHT with his Jheri Curl, because she will NOT f^*k it up!

MJ wasn’t gonna let this blonde-haired woman jack up his curls. NOPE! He told her that his curls looked better when held down with pins. I’m convinced that was A MUCH NICER way of tellin’ homegirl, “Move the hands, the comb, the water bottle, and back away from my Jheri Curl!”

As you’ll see, the final result was not that much of a difference.

At this time, I already knew the impact Michael Jackson would have on music lovers and the legend he was developing into. The night I watched the 1984 Grammys, I witnessed the greatest entertainer in the world be recognized in his prime for his greatest achievement, namely ‘Thriller’ and the beginning of Michael “setting the bar” HIGHASAMUG for those artists coming after him. Press play and watch Michael clean house in 1984, winning a record eight Grammys for his album, ‘Thriller’! (Peep some of the other throwback artists, too!)

It was December 2nd, 1983


The music video for the much-anticipated single “Thriller” premiered on MTV when MTV (Music Television) showed actual music videos.

I was eight years old at the time and my school made the video debut an event, equipped with a huge television and a VHS recorder set up in the middle of our school’s cafeteria. “Thriller” debut during school hours, so apparently someone recorded it and brought the VHS tape to the school so us “good kids” could watch.

We knew Michael Jackson was someone special when he was on stage with his brothers as the Jackson Five. When Off The Wall debuted, we thought Michael stood out from his brothers for a reason…he was meant to go solo. When the Thriller album debuted, we knew we had a “gem” of an artist in Michael Jackson who could never be replaced.

When we watched the Thriller video that day, I had this overwhelmingly pleasant feeling that we were witnessing the birth and progress of a global icon.

I never thought of Michael Jackson the same since. Michael became a living legend before my very young eyes. I was totally impressed with the treatment of the video and at that time, we weren’t used to watching videos conceptualized as short films.

My impression of Thriller was nothing short of amazed. I wanted to be Ola Rae badly. The dancing zombies is EVERYTHING and Michael was so damn fine in his red leather jacket and skinny jeans! Michael was a bad man to pull off that look! I think he was the ONLY man on earth who made skinny jeans and penny loafers look good!


Read more on the “Thriller” video here 

I know you’ve seen this one million times. What’s the harm in watching it again? 🙂


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