Eddie does Michael

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This refers to this blogpost: http://peelslowlynsee.wordpress.com/2010/02/26/the-jacksons-eddie-murphy-a-proustian-rush

Did you ever hear the LP The Jacksons Live!, recorded in September, 1981, for the Triumph tour? This is one of those CDs that when I finally heard it—which was only last June—I wondered, How come no ones ever mentioned this to me?! How come Ive never seen this on any Great Live LPs lists?! If I had known about this, I would have been listening to it regularly for the last three decades! Tomorrow Ill write more about the LP itself, but today I want to draw attention to one song: Shes Out of My Life.

Many people my age reading this remember Eddie Murphys 1983 Delirious special on HBO. It was incredibly influential—for better or worse—on all of my peers (were still screaming, The Ice Cream Man is coming!!!!), and his bit on Michael Jackson helped formed the basis of our opinion of Michael in the 80s. Well, now after hearing this live LP from the Jacksons, Im fairly certain this is what Eddie used as the basis of his impersonation. When I heard Michael sing this song, I had a major shock, one of those moments where something from you youth finally makes sense, when all the pieces fall into place.

Ill let you decide

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