There’s a new version of Michael Jackson’s Thriller album out. Because it’s a TWENTY FIFTH ANNIVERSARY edition. TWENTY FIVE?!?!?! I got that album for Valentine’s Day, it must have been in 1983. It was the first “big girl” album of my very own choosing that I got. Previously I either spun baby Sesame Street stuff or something out of my parent’s collection (like The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, etc.) I was OBSESSED with the “Making of the Thriller video” VHS tape – I made my family rent it all the time. In it’s honor, I bring a Wednesday hump day flashback video of Beat It and that legendary red jacket.
Some fun facts that I learned from Wikipedia today:
1. Eddie Van Halen plays that rocking lead guitar you hear on Beat It. How did I not know that?
2. Several members of the band Toto helped with the recording of the album.
3. Thriller was actually the SIXTH solo album of Michael’s.
4. Thriller is the best selling album ever.
5. Thriller is one of only three albums to remain in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 for a full year, spending 80 consecutive weeks there, 37 at #1.
Personal fun fact: It’s the only album I’ve ever owned on vinyl, cassette, and CD.