Were you a Michael Jackson fan back when he was a top performer?

Michael Jackson was awesome! - Michael Jackson and his glove.
United States
October 17, 2007 8:33am CST
I always loved most of his music and still listen to it when I want a change from my beloved country genre. I thought he was adorable when he was with the Jackson 5 and followed him right through his adult years. To me he wasn't a bad looking guy and I could never understand the huge physical changes he made but then I guess he had a lot of problems that we didn't know about at the time. His Thriller album was one of my favorites and I could never get enough of the video. The man had more talent in his little finger than a lot of performers out there today will ever have. Were you a Michael Jackson fan when he was on top? Do you continue to listen to his music? Did his "notoriety" change your feelings about him?
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@vicki2876 (5640)
• Canada
17 Oct 07
When I was in grade two he was the best. I had the hots for him so much. Even my Oma got me a t-shirt of his. I had the albums and when the Thriller video came out we all as a family, sat down with junk food waiting for it. We recorded it on our fancy BETA and watch it over and over, though it scared me out of my mind. LOL I would wait for my sister after school sitting by the building and when she would come out I would walk like a cool dude in the Beat It videos. But after he started becoming strange, (looking different) and doing weird stuff I lost interest and went on to other top artists at the time. Though he had great music for the time, I haven't cared for any of the stuff he has done since. As for the personal life stuff, I don't really know what to believe. From what I saw of his tell all videos he is not like anyone I have ever met and doesn't act like the average adult I know.
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• United States
17 Oct 07
He has changed 100% as he got older and not for the better.
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• India
17 Oct 07
Yes ,i liked his songs and i have a good collection of his albums and song videos.But I never look a musician or singer in what he does in life,but with what he does on stage. He is a great singer and a great dancer and he will always be remembered. I respect this part of him but not the human part. He did poor things in life and he ought to be ashamed of himself.But I dont think that is a reason for compromising his contribution to the world of music.
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@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
17 Oct 07
Hello there. I was never a big fan of Michael Jackson. I only like a couple of his songs - 'Heal the world' and 'We are the world'. I like him better when he was still black. He looks weird with white skin and artificial features. Also, I do believe that he is a pedophile. This makes me dislike him more. However, i still think he is the best dancer I've seen.
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• United States
17 Oct 07
When I was 5 Michael Jackson was my fav. I loved his music and I had his record... Now I do not listen to his music, I have grown up and lost interest, i guess. Not to mention how weird he became.. He def. is an icon of the 80's.
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@maddysmommy (16233)
• United States
17 Oct 07
Bigtime fan of Michael Jackson and the Jacksons, we grew up on MJ. I still listen to his music on my ipod and always will, both him and Janet Jackson. I still think he is one of the greatest artists still around!
@easyman1 (14)
• Mexico
17 Oct 07
In his early years he was a great performer.I don't care much for his music,he had great talent.Then he took weird pills.No mas!
@maximax8 (29148)
• United Kingdom
17 Oct 07
I remember his Beat it and Billy Jean tracks as being the best music I heard when I was very young. I still love to listen to them and even more I so adore the tune Thriller. Wow! A later track I really liked was Black or white. Michael Jackson is a very telented musician and he is also a wonderful dancer. I think he looked fine before and find it difficult to understand the physical changes to his appearence that he has made. It think he strange and many people have misunderstood him. I think he is a bit like Peter pan in that he doesn't want to grow up. I am sure that I will always appreciate his fantastic music.
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• United States
22 Oct 07
I was a huge Michael Jackson fan during the Thriller stage. I was about 13 years old and had a serious crush on him. My interest in him waned long before his "notoriety," but hearing about all this weirdness has certainly caused me to form a more negative opinion about him.
• United States
27 Oct 07
It's a shame but I think anyone who liked him in the beginning had just cause to form negative opinions of him. It was his own doing though.
@Savvynlady (3686)
• United States
21 Oct 07
When Michael Jackson started out with his brothers, that is when I truly liked him. I was as young as he was, and really looked up to him and had a full fledged crush on him back them. Now, I believe truly that because of him not really being able to have a childhood, he goes back to it. IF all of the allegations are true, I can't say. I am sorry that it went the way it did for him. I more feel sorry for him than anything.
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• United States
27 Oct 07
I see it the same way. The poor guy didn't have a childhood and what he did have wasn't a very nice one. Now he and everyone he is in contact with is paying the price. I especially feel bad for his kids!
@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
19 Oct 07
Yes, I did, and still do, enjoy his music. Him personally, I really do not care for; he is really "messed up" in his personal life. But, his behavior and actions do not change the fact that he is a very talented musician. As a matter of fact, his celebrity status is probably WHAT "messed him up". He never had a normal childhood, adolescense, or adult life. I learned a long time ago about the difference between "real life" and "fantasy". I can easily enjoy the "fantasy", even if I don't care for the "real life" aspects of a celebrity's life. My husband, however, has a real problem with this. He will no longer watch any of Lucille Ball's work since he found out that she was abusive as a wife and actually tried to kill Desi. He no longer listens to Michael Jackson since he was accused of molesting children. Etc. Etc. People aren't perfect. But, their imperfections should not detract from their accomplishments.
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@arcidy (5016)
• United States
19 Oct 07
I have always been a michael jackson fan ever since I heard his music when I was a young kid he has been one of my favorite singers for a very long time because he makes such good music. I still like him because I dont beleave he did those to those kids he seems to be a very good parrent at least thats what people that know him say. Why would he molest kids then if he wants to be a good parent to his kids I just dont get it.
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• United States
18 Oct 07
I bought 'Off the Wall' on vinyl at the time. Quite cutting edge, at the time. Gave disco some credibility. Sure, my attitude towards him changed over the years - how could it not? However, I never payed much attention to him as a person, it was mainly about the music for me. And his music was interesting once, and then it wasn't. I was never particularly interested 'Thriller', even. So, no I don't listen to it anymore. But, any track from 'Off the Wall' will evoke all kinds of nostalgia for me.
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@nickventere (1424)
• Zambia
18 Oct 07
Michael Jackson in his heydays - He was once the King of Pop, and he still is the King of Pop, for no one has beaten Thriller yet!
Michael Jackson has always been my most favourite performing artiste ever! I have followed his works since I was about 5. Now at 38, I still consider him the greatest ever. His is an epoch, a history made, regardless of teh tabloid junky that has been spinned to malign him. Despite all accusations and counter-accusations, he has remained calm and firm. Too bad he defaced himself, that is the only thing I don't like. Truthfully, no artist has a record like his. His is a lifetime achievement. I love his creativity, be it in songwriting, tech innovation, story-telling in videos, dance/choreography. By the way, for those who didn't know, music videos are what they are today because of MJ's innovation. When he released Thriller, they called it a mini movie. I also remember in the 1980's, everyone wanted to be associated with MJ, including the powerful and tactical Hollywood-kind President Ronald Reagan and the entire White House!
• United States
18 Oct 07
I liked him when he was "normal. The first album I ever bought was "Thriller". I think I was around 7 or so. I still listen to some of his older stuff, but I don't care for anything he's done since the 80s.
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@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
18 Oct 07
I was a fan since a kid, from his stint in Jackson 5 and up to his world hit album Thriller. I used to sing most of his song back then, from Ben to their Christmas albums. I can't simply forget how powerful his voice was, it's seems like he's going to be famous forever. But things changed, from his changing colors and his facial features, my liking for him lessen and lessened. With every controversies involving kids and such abuse, it seems that from "Jacko to Wacko" seemed real. I still listen to his music, but the passion for admiration did affected my perception on him.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
18 Oct 07
I am probably one of Michael's biggest fans, ctry, and have been from the start. Yes, he has undergone many physical changes, but lots of people are not satisfied with their looks for one reason or another, and if they have the means, they change them. I have to take his word on the medical condition that he has being the cause for his skin changes. I think that he is basically an honest guy who has been treated unfairly because of the way he is. I have no doubt that there have been quite a few people who were simply jealous of his fame and talent, thus wanting to bring him down. I listen to his music all the time and still think he is beyond compare. I think he has been naive and has had to suffer for that. I have always thought him to be innocent.
• United States
18 Oct 07
LOL Was I!? Well not so much from the Jackson 5 era, but I had that Thriller album and me and my best friend knew the Thriller dance by heart! We would wait anxiously infront of MTV and wait for them to premier it and dance away in either of our living rooms. I was in Jr High school then. Boy did you just bring back some memories Ctry! Thanks :) Bay Lay Gray xx
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@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
18 Oct 07
I have been a follower of Michael Jackson for many years ever since he was a teenager with the Jackson 5, till he reached adulthood. I've always admired his singing and dancing ability, his trademark moonwalk and his incredible showmanship. I still listen to his hit songs till this day, notable ones like Ben, One Day in Your Life, Heal the World, I'll Be There, Billy Jean, We Are The World, Off The Wall, Rock With You, She's Out of My Life and many more. These are classics I'll probably continue to listen to until I am old. Michael Jackson may have his problems in life, but his songs live on in the hearts of those who have admired him as a legendary singer and performer.
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• United States
18 Oct 07
My first memory was seeing the Jackson Five on t.v. I was 3.So i was a Michael Jackson fan way back when.I liked Thriller and Bad, but by the time 1990's rolled along, I wasn't into him as much.By then I was into rock and roll.
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@raychill (6530)
• United States
18 Oct 07
I liked Michael Jackson when I was a kid and he was popular. I mean...did anyone not? For serious... he was like the man! I think it's sad the route his life has taken, either way you look at it. I mean I don't listen to MJ on a daily basis or anything these days but at the same time I don't not listen to him. I dont' think you should let any celebrities personal life affect their working life. I mean, you wouldn't want someone at your job to go to the other cashier because of something in your personal life would you?
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