The Charm Of “Come Together” And The Dangers Of “Toe-Jam Football”

Sources: – By Andrea Battleground | All Things Michael


In Hear This, A.V. Club writers sing the praises of songs they know well. This week, we’re highlighting our favorite drum tracks of all time.

The Beatles, “Come Together” (1969)

I struggled to come up with what I considered to be a “good pick” for this topic. Then I decided to get over myself and write about the very first song where I can remember taking note of the drum part. So here we both are: in a music piece where the writer dares suggest to a reader that maybe The Beatles are worth a listen.

“Come Together” will always hold a special place in my music-loving heart, because it’s the first Beatles song I fell in love with as a kid. Although I’ll cop to hearing the 1988 Michael Jackson cover first (I was really into Moonwalker), MJ’s version can’t hold a candle to the original, which I must have heard a year or two later on an oldies radio station. I think the secret ingredient may be Ringo Starr’s drumming on the track; something about it is just downright funky—especially those chunky, stuttering downbeats over the “Got to be a joker / He just do what he please” part.

Much has been made by Beatleologists about the quality and importance of Starr’s drumming in the Beatles’ discography and legacy. But as a 10-year-old kid, all I knew was that I thought this song was great; I became kind of fascinated with it and learned all the words. Not that I had any idea what to make of them, but I sang along all the same. I felt proud that I understood the irony that Old Flat Top had hair down to his knees, and I remember asking my mom what exactly “toe-jam football” was and whether it was contagious. (I didn’t think twice about someone having “ju-ju eyeballs,” though.)

I didn’t hear the entire Abbey Road record until I was a teenager, definitely a pivotal album purchase for my life, but to this day whenever I hear John Lennon’s opening “shoot (me)” followed by Starr’s muted drum fills, it’s a mood-booster that forces me start bobbing my head to that beat and making sounds that approximate those fills. It’s such a touchstone of a track for me, and hearing it reminds me of a time when it didn’t matter to me so much why a song was “good,” or whether I could make heads or tails of the lyrics. What mattered was how the song made me feel and whether it compelled me to dance around and learn all the parts. I also spent a considerable amount of time wondering if Old Flat Top was the type to show up and kill me in my sleep. Something about that dude just didn’t seem right.

Which version do you like better, Michael’s or the Beatles?  



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New Year’s Eve Party Tribute to Michael Jackson

Sources: – By Renee Schiavone | All Things Michael

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Murphy Productions and Famous4 Productions are thrilled to present THE New Year’s Eve Party in Marin at the Mill Valley Community Center with Foreverland, the electrifying 14-piece tribute to Michael Jackson.

Michael Jackson’s music powerfully moves audiences’ hearts and dancing feet.

Foreverland does not attempt to do an impersonation of Michael Jackson, they channel his spirit, musicality, and energy in a manner that has satisfied fans worldwide. They exclusively perform Michael’s material spanning over four decades of pop, soul, R&B, rock and dance hits. Their repertoire includes songs from The Jackson 5, the Jacksons and Michael’s duets. You don’t have to be a Michael Jackson fan to enjoy a Foreverland’s show. But, this incredible band will make you a believer.

Opening for Foreverland is the Reggae Soul band Jethro Jeremiah.

For New Year’s Eve there will be a full bar, big dance floor and a limited number of reserved seats at tables that are sure to sell out early.

Mill Valley based non-profit Ripple Jams will sponsor the bar and benefit from the proceeds. RippleJams mission is to bring a comprehensive and creative music curriculum back to the schools and to promote equality in education through music. Find out more and donate to the cause at:

  • What: New Year’s Eve in Mill Valley
  • Who: Foreverland – 14-piece tribute to Michael Jackson
  • When: Wednesday Dec. 31, doors at 8:00 show at 9:00
  • Where: Mill Valley Community Center 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley CA 94941
  • Why: Welcome 2015 with your friends and neighbors dancing and singing along to the King of Pop’s irresistible music
  • Tickets: $55 General and $70 Reserved at Table
  • Info @ or Famous4: 415-388-2550
  • Band website:


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Poll Results: Listeners Pick Their Favorite Albums Of 2014 – Xscape Comes In At #19

Sources: NPR Music (Robin Hilton – James Boilen) | Edited By – All Things Michael


NPR’s All Songs Considered conducted a poll of their top listener picks for 2014. Below, you’ll find a comprehensive list of the Top 100 albums based on those results.

Xscape came in at #19, making the top 25 listener picks as well.

The Top 100 Listener Picks For 2014

1. St. Vincent, St. Vincent

2. Alt-J, This Is All Yours

3. Beck, Morning Phase

4. FKA twigs, LP1

5. Jack White, Lazaretto

6. The Black Keys, Turn Blue

7. Spoon, They Want My Soul

8. The War On Drugs, Lost In The Dream

9. Sylvan Esso, Sylvan Esso

10. Lana Del Rey, Ultraviolence

11. Sharon Van Etten, Are We There

12. Future Islands, Singles

13. Jenny Lewis, The Voyager

14. The New Pornographers, Brill Bruisers

15. Lykke Li, I Never Learn

16. Broken Bells, After The Disco

17. Phantogram, Voices

18. Aphex Twin, Syro

19. Michael Jackson, Xscape

20. Hozier, Hozier

21. Flying Lotus, You’re Dead!

22. Caribou, Our Love

23. Taylor Swift, 1989

24. TV On The Radio, Seeds

25. Perfume Genius, Too Bright

26. Foo Fighters, Sonic Highways

27. Chet Faker, Built On Glass

28. First Aid Kit, Stay Gold

29. Run The Jewels, Run The Jewels 2

30. Sturgill Simpson, Metamodern Sounds In Country Music

31. Weezer, Everything Will Be Alright In The End

32. Damon Albarn, Everyday Robots

33. The Antlers, Familiars

34. Angel Olsen, Burn Your Fire For No Witness

35. Interpol, El Pintor

36. Damien Rice, My Favourite Faded Fantasy

37. Cloud Nothings, Here And Nowhere Else

38. Azealia Banks, Broke With Expensive Taste


40. Banks, Goddess

41. Coldplay, Ghost Stories

42. Sun Kil Moon, Benji

43. Mac DeMarco, Salad Days

44. Sam Smith, In The Lonely Hour

45. Real Estate, Atlas

46. tUnE-yArDs, Nikki Nack

47. Conor Oberst, Upside Down Mountain

48. Warpaint, Warpaint

49. Ed Sheeran, x

50. St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Half The City

51. Sia, 1000 Forms Of Fear

52. Andrew Bird, Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of…

53. Foxygen, …And Star Power

54. Pharrell Williams, G I R L

55. Nickel Creek, A Dotted Line

56. Leonard Cohen, Popular Problems

57. Chromeo, White Women

58. Iggy Azalea, The New Classic

59. U2, Songs Of Innocence

60. Ariel Pink, Pom Pom

61. Ryan Adams, Ryan Adams

62. Ty Segall, Manipulator

63. Little Dragon, Nabuma Rubberband

64. Karen O, Crush Songs

65. Thom Yorke, Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes

66. Kimbra, The Golden Echo

67. Ray LaMontagne, Supernova

68. Perfect Pussy, Say Yes To Love

69. Cold War Kids, Hold My Home

70. James Vincent McMorrow, Post Tropical

71. Imogen Heap, Sparks

72. OK Go, Hungry Ghosts

73. Bruce Springsteen, High Hopes

74. The Flaming Lips, With A Little Help From My Fwends

75. Julian Casablancas + The Voidz, Tyranny

76. Parquet Courts, Sunbathing Animal

77. Kishi Bashi, Lighght

78. J Mascis, Tied To A Star

79. Swans, To Be Kind

80. Robert Plant, lullaby… And The Ceaseless Roar

81. Lake Street Dive, Bad Self Portraits

82. Ex Hex, Rips

83. “Weird Al” Yankovic, Mandatory Fun

84. Wye Oak, Shriek

85. Foster The People, Supermodel

86. Tweedy, Sukierae

87. Grouper, Ruins

88. Royksopp, The Inevitable End

89. Prince, Art Official Age

90. Death Grips, The Powers That B

91. Pixies, Indie Cindy

92. Alvvays, Alvvays

93. Hurray For The Riff Raff, Small Town Heroes

94. The Hold Steady, Teeth Dreams

95. Mogwai, Rave Tapes

96. Die Antwoord, Donker Mag

97. Pink Floyd, The Endless River

98. Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks, Wig Out At Jagbags

99. Shovels & Ropes, Swimmin’ Time

100. Jessie Ware, Tough Love

Audio Broadcast of Countdown (Xscape dialogue starts at 16:10 through 18:18 )



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Michael Jackson Song Played At Cafe Siege Memorial Site

Source: Au.News.Yahoo | Edited By – All Things Michael


A Sydney man is playing the music of Michael Jackson’s Heal The World at the site of the recent cafe siege in the CBD.

The man, identified on Twitter as “Josh from Parramatta” brought a small sound system to the area outside the Lindt Cafe in Martin Place on Wednesday .

He played the song at the site where flowers were being placed as a memorial to the two people who were killed in Tuesday’s siege.

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Watch’s Next-Level Interactive ‘The World Is Crazy’ Video

Sources: Rollingstone – By Nick Murray | All Things Michael


In’s latest music video, the rapper sits behind a news desk, mouthing the words to 2012 #willpower track “The World Is Crazy.” As he does this, footage of recent events like the killing of Eric Garner appear near his head while a standard ticker rolls across the bottom of the screen. These images are all hyperlinks, and clicking on any of them pauses the song to load an article within the frame of the video.

“I couldn’t really understand why people haven’t noticed that when you watch TV, the tickers on the bottom or the little square when the news reporter’s talking – you can never interact with them,” he says, calling from London after appearing at the BBC Awards.

For Will, the technology displayed in the video opens up countless new possibilities; he says that collaborating with a coder should be no different than composing with a guitarist. In the past, when people wrote songs they never knew that you can actually dive deeper,” he explains. “There was never a platform that allowed you to dive deeper on that train of thought. I can give you clever little wordplays that make my point stick, but to prove it I gotta give you detail and I gotta go in-depth. I gotta give you facts.”

The Black Eyed Peas frontman points to Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror” and Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song” as retroactive examples: “I wish I could see exactly what Bob Marley was talking about. If he was to have these tools today, he would’ve shown you all the trials and tribulations that he was talking about in the songs.”

In this great future, new technology could also give the user control over the song itself. “You’d be able to click any type of icon and change it from the guitar to a Rhodes,” Will says. “You want options now. I’m pretty sure Bob Marley sang that with an electric guitar and an acoustic guitar. He probably sang it on a piano. He probably sang it with just the bass, but the only one that we have is one that we recorded because that’s the limitations of the technology of the past.”

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Michael Jackson Estate Renews with BMI

Sources: All Access Music Group | All Things Michael

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BMI and the estate of the late global superstar MICHAEL JACKSON have renewed their agreement with for representation of the public performances of his music catalog. JACKSON’s cumulative album sales are in excess of 1 billion and continue to impact the entertainment industry in film, television and music with his classic repertoire.

“We are pleased to announce our continued representation of MICHAEL’s extraordinary and vast catalog,” said BMI Pres./CEO MIKE O’NEILL. “Since 1976, we’ve had the privilege of licensing his works and we’re honored to continue this relationship with his estate.”

JACKSON’s list of accolades include 13 GRAMMY Awards; induction into the SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME; 26 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS; and 21 BMI POP AWARDS. Posthumous projects highlighting JACKSON’s genius include two albums, “MICHAEL” and “Xscape”; the latter featured “Love Never Felt So Good,” a pop-R&B hit that has been named one of the best recordings of the year.

In addition to the estate of MICHAEL JACKSON renewing with BMI this year, stellar songwriters PINK, MAROON 5 and TAYLOR SWIFT have also chosen to continue their partnership with the Company. Moreover, BMI saw its membership swell in 2014 with the signings of breakout writers Sam Smith (PRS), Hozier (IMRO), Nico and Vinz, Tamar Braxton, St Paul and The Broken Bones and Jhene Aiko, among others. BMI now represents over 650,000 songwriters, composers and publishers.

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Sony Hack Re-ignites Questions About Michael Jackson’s Banned Song

Sources: Perceptive Ninja – DB Anderson | All Things Michael


As the Black Lives Matter movement grew in reaction to the lack of indictments in the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, Michael Jackson’s 1995 song “They Don’t Care About Us” was resurrected at the grass roots level in many cities including Ferguson, New York, and California.

“They Don’t Care About Us” was denounced by The New York Times even before its release, and did not reach much of its intended audience because the controversy caused by the New York Times article would go on to overshadow the song itself. Radio stations were reluctant to play it and one of the short films Jackson created for the song was banned in the U.S.


All Jackson’s frustrations seem to be on display in this raw and angry performance. Behold:


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