Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Spike Lee's Michael Jackson documentary - watch a clip

What's the biggest number you can think of? Now add 10 to it, and square the result. Then add 24 zeroes. Finally, take the number and multiply it by the number of times Michael Jackson went "Hee hee" on a song between 1982 and 2001.

By now you should have broken your calculator. Well, that's how many spurious, exploitative items of Jacko memorabilia have been produced daily* since his untimely death three years ago.

But here's a new project I'll definitely make some time for: A Spike Lee documentary on the making of Bad - aka the follow-up to the biggest selling album of all time (except it's not really).

According to the blurb, it "features over 40 interviews conducted personally by Spike Lee with Michael's confidants, choreographers, musicians and other collaborators". Also featured are Sheryl Crow (who sang backing vocals on the Bad tour) and fans including Kanye West and Mariah Carey.

Here's a brief preview clip of the section covering the filming of The Way You Make Me Feel. It's a hairs on the back of your neck moment.

The documentary will accompany a 25th anniversary Box Set of Bad, which also includes a previously-unreleased DVD of Jackson's concert at Wembley Stadium on July 16th, 1988.

* NB: "educated" guess

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