An Oral History of Michael Jackson’s Bad

As the 25th anniversary of the album approaches, we take a look at the creation and legacy of a record-setting release

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Melanie Zarth
Melanie Zarth

I think BAD was my favorite MJ album, but who can choose, really.

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comfortablesilence
comfortablesilence

Pretty good article but my god every time Afrojack comes up it is like a record skips.  He has zero input of relevance other than "yeah it was a great album!" and "Boy they REALLY were technically great guys!".  Did the writer think he was a new generation voice or something?  Artists like Justin Timberlake and Usher already have established their entire careers (openly acknowledging) that Michael Jackson was their primary influence.

EDIT: Just listened to the Afrojack remix. He is the anti christ.

Stiglich
Stiglich

Bad turns 25... Funny because Michael's first victim also turns 25...

vortex360
vortex360

Some people just miss arseholes.

corlista
corlista

Thank you, Ms Rothman, for these excellent articles.  It's so refreshing to read about Michael's incredible creative process, work ethic and genius instead of the usual tabloid trash that most media focus on.  Finally a journalist and not a muckraker.

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corlista
corlista

Love and miss you, Michael, and am celebrating Bad's anniversary and your legacy.  Both brilliant...

joe Shmid
joe Shmid

Michael was huge when Bad came out, but it's not a great album. 

rosehouse
rosehouse

I can't wait the new BAD comes out!

Maria Popa
Maria Popa

 I'm missing you,Michael.

I'm missing the beauty and purity of your soul.

Jim Reilley
Jim Reilley

Bad was when you knew Thriller was a one time deal.

RIP Mike - we still love you.

Louis Gonzales
Louis Gonzales

I disagree. Personally, I think Off The Wall, Thriller, and Bad are all great albums. I mean, Bad did have its Filler, yet that Filler was leaps and bounds better than the Filler on Thriller (Speed Demon is absolutely better than The Girl is Mine). I would think the "The Girl is Mine" of the Bad Album would have to be Liberian Girl (Even though I like Liberian Girl more), which was a Filler song with, in my opinion, Michael's second worst music video (First - Whatizupwitu).

JoeD
JoeD

Agreed. It has it's moments. A good album, but not a great album. I especially like "Smooth Criminal". But "Liberian Girl" and "I Just Can't Stop Loving You"? Blech!

Luther Barnum
Luther Barnum

If you are comparing it to Thriller and Off the Wall, I would have to agree, but it was still very good but not his best work by far.

Melanie Zarth
Melanie Zarth

 So, you don't like ballads. SMH, okay. I think those are gorgeous songs!

aldebaranredstar
aldebaranredstar

I LOVE Liberian Girl and I Just Can't Stop Loving You--also Smooth Criminal. Dirty Diana is incredible.