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

Published: Sunday 25th Nov 2012 by David

“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!

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  1. WHO IS STERLING INFINITY? November 25, 2012

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

  2. Jeff November 25, 2012

    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. Jeff November 25, 2012

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

    • Jeff November 25, 2012

      Nope, i was wrong.

  4. JOHNVIDAL November 25, 2012

    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. MC November 25, 2012

    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. dat nig November 25, 2012

    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. tits mcgee November 25, 2012

    King Michael! There will never be another! RIP.

  8. SHARON November 25, 2012

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

  9. Matthew Charlery-Smith November 25, 2012

    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!

    • MC November 25, 2012

      Yeah, its true.

  10. soulmusiclover November 25, 2012

    KING!!! forever i will love you

  11. cocobutta November 25, 2012

    Yes yes yes and yes.
    GREATNESS & VISION OF ART!!!

    Ain’t no other!

  12. PrettigurlrockD Bitchess November 25, 2012

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

  13. Suicide Blonde November 25, 2012

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

  14. bibi93 November 25, 2012

    MJ the best of all time!!

  15. BILL November 26, 2012

    KING!!

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