‘Cause this is Thriller

In Listen, Read, Shop, Watch on July 12, 2010 at 7:19 am

Nancy Griffin has a great article in Vanity Fair this month on the making of the “Thriller” music video.  I was too young (the video debuted on MTV in December of 1983), but many remember the impact, and how over the subsequent year, this thing was huge:

“There was a month when you couldn’t turn the television on and not see ‘Thriller'” says [Director John] Landis.

The video sent the album’s sales back into the stratosphere, with Epic shipping a million copies a week; by the end of 1984, the album had sold 33 million copies in the U.S.  Since then, Thriller has remained unchallenged as the No. 1 album of all time (current sales worldwide: an estimated 110 million).

Griffin talks about the already-fragile state of MJ’s psyche at the time and how Thriller‘s success would tragically become a source of great pressure for him over the years to come.

“There ain’t no second chance against the thing with forty eyes, girl.”

“Thriller” single:

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