Rest in peace, Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson

I rarely write about pop culture here, but being a blogger of a certain age, I can’t help commenting on the passing of two icons of my childhood today.

Yes, I watched “Charlie’s Angels.” I mostly identified with the Kate Jackson character (the “smart one”), but I did try to get one of those angle-cut, flipped-back Farrah Fawcett haircuts when I was in junior high. People still remember Farrah more than anyone else from that show, even though she was only on for one season.

Few people took Farrah seriously as an actress, but her performances in “Extremities” and “The Burning Bed” were incredible.

I’ve listened to Michael Jackson for as long as I can remember; my siblings played Jackson 5 albums a lot. Although I liked some of the songs on “Thriller” and listened to the tape a thousand times on my giant-sized Sony Walkman, for me the best Michael Jackson music will always be from the late-70s album “Off the Wall.”

My favorite is Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough (you’ll have to click the link to see the video–embedding has been disabled). Or, listen to the song here:

“Rock With You” was also a great song:

You Tube is full of re-mixes and live takes of these songs, but tonight I would rather listen to the originals and remember Michael Jackson before plastic surgery and all the other weirdness in his life.

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