By the time stranger in Moscow came out many had written Micheal Jackson off as weird. People called Micheal Jackson Wacko Jacko. They considered Jackson some form of freak. It is a shame such a wonderful Micheal Jackson song was ignored in the US. I loved Micheal for many reasons. But even I paid no attention to this Jackson song during his life. In his death, the Micheal song arose like a Phoenix from the ashes to me.
A Micheal Jackson Story
I loved the Micheal Jackson Story even before the Motown 25th anniversary performance where he performed with his brothers in a time where he didn’t need to do so. It would be like Justin Timberlake now performing with ‘N Sync after his 3rd albums’ success. Billy Jean was a great song. The Motown 25th anniversary performance of Billy Jean was such a classic that its hard to imagine it happening like that again for anyone ever. Micheal Jackson’s every performance of billy jean was great. His song even inspired some interesting renditions of his own music such a The Bates Version of Billie Jean.
But the true story was incredible. The fact that Micheal had a stalker that claimed he was the father of her baby. Micheal became more of a recluse because of this stalker. But Quincy Jones help push him forward to make this Micheal Jackson misery into a hit. Jone help Jackson produced one of the greats songs and moments of all time. Jones helped turn Jacksons reality into a song with depth and meaning.
Micheal Jackson’s Moscow
Turning tragedy into triumph was nothing new for Micheal. So what made stranger in Moscow so great to me. To look at the concept of Micheal’s Life. For a time, Jackson was loved in the US. Micheal was wildly popular and generationally embraced. Jackson’s popularity was so great it eventually had to end. When popularity ends it turns south pretty quickly.
Stranger in Moscow was created by Jackson at a time when the child molestation charges came to light. While never charged with anything the story never died. Inspired in Jackson, seclusion in Moscow in 1993 the song was released in 1996 and reached 91 on the billboard Hot 100 chart. This great Micheal Jackson Song only reach 91 on the US charts. I couldn’t believe it. Billy Jean was a good song. Stranger in Moscow was Great. The lyrics, the ballad, the Melody of Stranger in Moscow is peerless among Jackson songs. Internationally in 1996 the song at least reach the top 25 in all other nations. For Jackson, less than number 1 is a disappointment. Yet stranger in Moscow was critically acclaimed
Why is Stranger In Moscow Great To Me
Strange in Moscow speaks to being alone in a crowd. Stranger in Moscow speaks to the concept of a swift and sudden falling from grace. Stranger in Moscow gives a chorus that is haunting in “How does it feel”. Stranger in Moscow speaks of being alone. Stranger in Moscow even in the song has a scripted interrogation moment at the end which translated into English is, “Why have you come from the west? Confess! To steal the great achievements of the people, the accomplishments of the workers…”.
When you look at all the music Micheal Jackson has done, this is a great work. Stranger in Moscow is not a great song because it was as commercially successful as “Thriller”. It is not as popular as “Billy Jean”. It is not as unique as “Black or White”. What stranger in Moscow to me is real. I hear the real Jackson pain. I feel thed disenchanted spirit that Jackson felt in that moment. That was Micheal Revealing himself once again as genuinely human. And he was ceremoniously rejects.
I appreciate this Jackson song because I too have been rejected. I too understand what it is to be alone in a crowd. I too know what its like for people to talk more about you than to you. I to know what it is like to have what is your taken over something that isn’t true. I have never been as popular as Jackson, but people forget that we are all far from perfect. I identify with the in perfect Micheal Jackson represented in the critically acclaimed but commercially unsuccessfully Stranger in Moscow. It is an inspiration to keep striving forward regardless.