Genius at work: what makes a musical genius and why?

Genius at work: what makes a musical genius and why?

In the wake of the recent passing of David Bowie we heard the word genius being used over and over, but why was he a genius? How is such a thing defined? And is it an over-used word when talking about musicians? “A genius is one who shoots at something no one else can see, and hits it.” – Unknown Talking about music and musicians, or indeed any art, in a descriptive way is not always easy. Saddled with trying to express the inneffable writers quite ofen resort to prosaically throwing noun’s and adjectives around (such-and-such is a rising star/guitar Read more »

New Reels: ‘Say Say Say’ (2015 remix) by Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson

New Reels: ‘Say Say Say’ (2015 remix) by Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson

The polished up 80’s pop gem from these two musical legends comes with a vibrant new video. Released to coincide with a new remastered release of McCartney’s Pipes Of Peace album, this really not very radical new mix of this old track coud seem like a bit of a pointless cash-in did it not sound every bit as infectious as it did 30-odd years ago. The song itself was a genuine co-write between the two with McCartney supplying the verse and Jasckson then coming up with a chorus, and whilst neither of them could say it ranks amongst their best Read more »

Off The Wall by Michael Jackson

Off The Wall by Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson´s legendary album, one of the best selling albums of all time and which made Jackson the first solo artist to have four singles from the same album on the Billboard Hot 100. Kicking of the album is the grooviest of songs. Yes. THE GROOVIEST EVER. “Dont Stop ´Til You Get Enough”. Michael wrote and sang ahd it was the first time Micheal had creative control which of course brought this party anthem to life (I know I sound like an aunt praising the man but then again, I am an aunt and I am praising him). Don’t Stop Read more »

History of the Pop Video pt.5: The age of the auter

History of the Pop Video pt.5: The age of the auter

Music videos in the 90’s saw directors such as Michel Gondry, Spike Jonze and Mark Romanek add a new level of artistry making them an MTV must-have for the big acts. So having given plenty of coverage of the first age of MTV I want to move on to the second age, one which saw the video director step forward and become a bit of a name in their own right. By the time the 90’s had gotten underway music videos were becoming more sophisticated reflecting advances in film-making techniques. Plus, budgets had increased allowing a better class of video Read more »

History of the Pop Video Pt.4: The Thrill of Michael Jackson’s Thriller

History of the Pop Video Pt.4: The Thrill of Michael Jackson’s Thriller

Halloween is upon us once again. Not only that but so is part 4 of this series. On top of that MVD is almost a year old, and so it would seem like a more than appropriate time to discuss a video which was not only the greatest of it’s age, and maybe of all time for that matter, but also one that changed the (white) face of MTV, as well as being in many ways Michael Jackson’s crowning artistic achievement. Actually it’s unfair to couch Thriller in terms of simply Michael Jackson, with the song written by Rod Temperton Read more »

Michael Jackson, Jarvis Cocker, and the long, slow beginning of the end

Michael Jackson, Jarvis Cocker, and the long, slow beginning of the end

As you may well have realized by now today marks the 5th anniversary of the death of Michael Jackson. Yes, 5 years! I can still quite clearly remember the moment I found out via the news channels late one evening. It was shocking certainly, and whilst I can´t claim to have shed any tears I do remember feeling slightly sad at the passing of a part of my childhood. It wasn´t so much the death of Jackson himself, but rather the era of greater innocence that he seemed to represent and to a certain extent embody. To anyone who grew Read more »

Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake: Love Never Felt So Good

Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake: Love Never Felt So Good

“Xscape”  Michael Jackson´s second posthumous album was released on May 9th 2014. The album contains 8 new tracks including the one we are going to discuss today. Xscape also features reworkings of unused Jackson recordings by Timbaland, Rodney Jerkins, Stargate and Jerome “Jroc” Harmon. Before getting into the video at hand, we at MVD would like to let all our readers now that we intend to do a series on his best videos. The man obviously had a profound impact and in our opinion was the king of this media, so no worries, we will discuss his work in a more intricate and profound Read more »