I grew up on Jackson 5. It was my first favorite group. My older brothers/sisters had 3 albums, and I listened to them ALL the time (along with the Osmond Brothers “Crazy Horses,” btw).
I would come home from kindergarten, wedge markers in seat cushions to be “microphones,” put “Skywriter” on the record player, and dance around like I was Michael Jackson.
I loved that stuff.
I’m a good musician, and an excellent performer. If I had had the guts to go to LA for a music career instead of going to college, I might have made it…or I might have toiled in obscurity, of course. But everything I learned about performing, I learned from the Jackson 5 and the pre-op version of Michael Jackson.
Michael Jackson’s appearance in the last few years lends credence to Carpenter’s “They Live.”