This time of year just doesn’t feel right without hearing season-appropriate songs like “Monster Mash” and “This is Halloween” from The Nightmare Before Christmas (a film our own Dan Casey has strong opinions about). And no Halloween playlist is complete without the ultimate creepy pop song by someone with a high-pitched vocal range, “Somebody’s Watching Me” by Rockwell. Just kidding; we’re talking about Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” here. And while the original can’t be beat, the folks at Postmodern Jukebox came about as close as you can with this new 1930’s jazz version.
The video starts with a nod to Cab Calloway and jumps right into the upbeat cover and ’cause this is “Thiller” (Thriller night!), PMJ even brought on a few tap dancers in order to pay homage to the iconic dance moves from the original video. They even worked in some Charleston moves for good measure. Is it weird that we’d want to see all the dancing in the original video with this era-specific spin?
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