As everyone knows, I grew up in Trichy to parents who were more into MS (Subbulakshmi) than MJ. So western music was out of choice for us in our home. We heard movie songs from Tamil, Telugu and Hindi movies apart from the Carnatic tunes and that was about it.
When I went to schoo, it was totally different. We were asked to dance to Brown Girls and opened up a whole range of music out there. After BoneyM, the next English music anything I knew was Michael Jackson. His Thriller was so big even in out in Trichy and so was Bad. He was my first favorite western musician. If you did not know him then you were uncool. Everyone wanted to be him.
My parents thought that us kids were crazy but we knew our music too and it was not carnatic...Michael was the first one to make me sit up and watch the dance and choreography. His videos were delish and a sight to the sore eyes. I was really looking forward to his comeback tour. It is a second missed chance now and will always be. (He cancelled his show in Chennai when I was in India.)
Whatever you were in your private life, I do not care but for what you contributed to music and dance and choreography and videos I think you are the KING of POP and no one can take that away from you.
Long Live the King.