Exactly four decades ago, the world received one of its most cherished musical gifts. This week’s From The Vault celebrates Michael Jackson’s ‘Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough’, the first single from his ‘Off The Wall’ album, which turned 40 this week.
Though MJ had released solo material before, ‘Enough’ and its parent album are widely considered his “debut” offerings, primarily because of the creative control he finally was able to enjoy during recording.
The track – like most of ‘Off The Wall’ – was written by Jackson who also co-produced alongside music wonder Quincy Jones. It was there and then that the world would be introduced to their magic, as well as Michael’s legendary falsetto and classic vocal tics.
Commercially, ‘Don’t Stop’ was an instant success and was the artist’s first Billboard Hot 100 #1 in seven years. It reached the top spot in several European countries and peaked at #3 in the UK.
Nick Saxton directed the track’s iconic visual which stunned the masses back in 1979 because of its high-end technology and the entertainer’s charismatic choreography.
It is often considered one of pop culture’s first “music videos” (in the contemporary sense) and remains oh so impactful.
Just like George Michael’s ‘I Want Your Sex’ in ’87 and Beyonce’s ‘Crazy In Love’ in ’03, this track was Michael Jackson’s breakout moment, one where he was able to express for the first time the immensity and entirety of his talent and artistry.
40 years on, it’s still crystal clear why this very track kick-started a whole new chapter for the man who went on to become (and still reigns as) the King of Pop.