From The Vault: Michael Jackson – ‘Remember The Time’ (Short Film)

“Do you remember?!”

Indeed we do remember Spring 1992; a window in which the late Michael Jackson was once again dominating TV, radio, and global arenas – thanks in part to this week’s From The Vault pick – ‘Remember The Time’.

Unleashed as the second single from the phenomenal ‘Dangerous’ album, ‘Time’ and the majority of said LP were produced by Jackson and (then-new) partner in crime Teddy Riley – marking a major musical shift for the King of Pop who achieved much of that title under the pupilage of Quincy Jones beforehand.

The New Jack Swing cut proved to be a commercial smash, peaking at #3 in both the US and the UK and securing a slot within the Top 20 of all the other major markets.

Beyond it’s chart run, the most exciting aspect of this single’s campaign was its fantastically flawless accompanying short film. Directed by John Singleton, and boasting appearances from actor Eddie Murphy, supermodel Iman (who played Jackson’s love interest), and basketball star Magic Johnson, the visual does a stellar job showcasing Jackson’s unparalleled talent, yet also Ancient-Egyptian culture. Indeed, for all the debate surrounding MJ and race, he made quite the statement enlisting an all-black cast in a quest to truly mirror the reality of the “historical era” the video tributes.

As you would expect from the greatest entertainer that was (and arguably ever will be), the video comes embedded with a killer dance-break – in the same vein Jackson himself popularised in the legendary  ‘Thriller’ clip. In many ways, ‘Time’ and its accompanying visual are a source of inspiration for both professional dancers as well as a multitude of today’s biggest artists.

Michael Jackson’s passing left a void in many a heart and as the new generation of entertainer is rising, it’s evident that few pack even a fraction of the qualities that made him individual so special, so extraterrestrial.

So to answer the question MJ was asking: we will never forget! We’ll always remember his unravelled gift, his artistic vision, his alien stage presence, as well as his unshakable commitment to charity.

Long live The King!

Your thoughts?



  1. November 25, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    I love Michael, his simplicity and love for his artistry is still yet unmatched

  2. November 25, 2012 at 12:48 pm
    Jeff says:

    OMG! This takes me back to my yoot! I loved the video version with the dance break and used to play it loud through my TV.
    Justin Beiber could never Oprah… he could never

  3. November 25, 2012 at 1:08 pm
    Jeff says:

    I gotta feeling if i watch this allover again i’m gonna see illuminarti

    • November 25, 2012 at 1:23 pm
      Jeff says:

      Nope, i was wrong.

  4. November 25, 2012 at 1:15 pm
    JOHNVIDAL says:

    This is far from Michael Jackson´s best material and still slays everything nowadays artists try to do (some of them don´t even try cos nowadays kids are retarded and they don´t even need to put effort, they will buy the itunes singles anyway 🙂 )

  5. November 25, 2012 at 1:15 pm
    MC says:

    This brings so much memory back to me! Def. one of my favorite videos from MJ, I remember being in awe after seeing this video…….some things never fail to amaze me every time and MJ is one of the rare people that bring that emotion to me. I hope we don’t lose any more of the prized gems we have left (at least not anytime soon). RIP the king.

  6. November 25, 2012 at 1:22 pm
    dat nig says:

    OMG, this is mah fav MJ song AND video…and im a really big stan of his. I can never get enough of da dance breakdown in this joint…it goes hard 20yrs later. I remember when it premiered @ like 8pm on Fox…back when music videos were a f***** event. Just a shame he never performed it live on tour tho

  7. November 25, 2012 at 1:35 pm
    tits mcgee says:

    King Michael! There will never be another! RIP.

  8. November 25, 2012 at 2:13 pm
    SHARON says:

    Dangerous!!! Great era of music!! <3

  9. November 25, 2012 at 2:23 pm
    Matthew Charlery-Smith says:

    Glad you mentioned the “Historical era” needing an all Black cast. Hollywood has done quite a brilliant job of portraying everyone from the Middle East as resembling Scandinavians! It’s true that Egyptians, Ethiopians, Jews and Arabians didn’t look West African back then, but they didn’t look Swedish either!

    When you look and see how many video awards the “Dangerous” album DIDN’T win you realise they never allowed MJ to win (sweep the board) after “Thriller” again!

    • November 25, 2012 at 2:42 pm
      MC says:

      Yeah, its true.

  10. November 25, 2012 at 4:35 pm
    soulmusiclover says:

    KING!!! forever i will love you

  11. November 25, 2012 at 8:00 pm
    cocobutta says:

    Yes yes yes and yes.

    Ain’t no other!

  12. November 25, 2012 at 8:44 pm
    PrettigurlrockD Bitchess says:

    I was just listening to this the other day. Fantastic music.

  13. November 25, 2012 at 8:49 pm
    Suicide Blonde says:

    “Dangerous” is my favorite MJ album, i remember when i was a kid, this was the s***.

  14. November 25, 2012 at 10:13 pm
    bibi93 says:

    MJ the best of all time!!

  15. November 26, 2012 at 11:05 pm
    BILL says:


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