Giant Step Resident 47: Michael Video List

badBy Mawuse Ziegbe

No need to expound upon his achievements or even mention his last name. We all have our favorite Michael moment. Mine is headbanging to “Bad” as a toddler in pre-school. Instead of nap time our teacher let us run around like, well, babies. Me and a roly-poly, pigtailed friend nearly snapped our necks every afternoon. I’m pretty sure that guy was fired. But I would always see him bopping around Boston with his headphones on; very likely bopping along to “Bad.”

Part of Michael’s legacy is the advancement of music videos. Every time we see a lit dance floor, an errant tiger, Prohibition-era pop-lockin,’ or massive flying marbles, Michael will be on our minds. But for every indelible hip thrust, he also left a rash of quirky videos that are largely beeping off the radar. Here are some of Michael’s equally awesome – if less celebrated – moments.

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Maxwell Realizes His BLACKsummers’night Dream Today

Out today, BLACKsummers’night is the first full-length Maxwell release since Now, his critically-acclaimed third studio album that debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 in August 2001.

The sensuous opening installment of the artist’s monumental BLACKSUMMERS’NIGHT trilogy will be followed by blackSUMMERS’night and blacksummers’NIGHT, which are slated for release in 2010 and 2011, respectively.

Composed of nine indelible songs, BLACKsummers’night finds Maxwell exploring life with a bold and purposeful sensuality unmistakably his own. Opening with a delicate hint of wistful chimes, the first single, “Pretty Wings,” is nostalgic (“your face will be the reason I smile”), and yet undeniably passionate. Another of the album’s more persuasive songs is “Stop the World.” A rhythmic rush of desire, Maxwell describes “Stop the World” as “having corporal relations. That’s what I call having sex…and that’s stopping the world.” Equally personal is “Fistful of Tears.” Shifting from those oh so recognizable falsettos and baritones, Maxwell rides the melody like a man both possessed by and resigned to his feelings. Then there’s the jazz thumping “Cold.” Peppered by a funked up horn section and wrapped in a moist honey soaked groove, this head bopping track finds Maxwell asking the eternal lovers question, “why do you like me like you do?” It’s very sexy stuff.

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Looking For Eric Directed By Ken Loach

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Director Ken Loach’s comedy Looking For Eric, which just made its debut at Cannes in May, follows the downward spiral of a football fanatic postman named Eric (played by Steve Evets) through a mid-life crisis as his filial ties bind him tighter and tighter to trouble.  Finding inspiration in the famously philosophical 90′s Manchester United coach Eric Cantona (played by himself), Eric applies his hero’s values to his own life.

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Janelle Monáe Joins Erykah Badu For Governors Island Show 8/4

Female android of the future, Janelle Monáe is now supporting Erykah Badu at her beach show at Governors Island on August 4th.  Check out the video below from her performance at Hudson’s Private Park for a quick refresher on just how awe-inspiring her performance is.

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Grace Jones’ Only East Coast Appearance At Hammerstein Ballroom, July 30

Actress, singer, lyricist, dancer and supermodel, Grace Jones makes her only east coast appearance at Hammerstein Ballroom on July 30.

Grace Jones has to date released nine studio albums from Portfolio to Nightclubbing, Slave To The Rhythm and Warm Leatherette, most of which are dance club hits. Her latest album Hurricane came out last year on Wall Of Sound.

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Hammerstein Ballroom
311 West 34th Street
New York, NY

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