Today in MJJ HIStory
1997 – “HIStory/Ghosts” second released from Michael’s remix album “Blood On The Dancefloor”, debuted at #5 in the UK, giving Michael his 8th consecutive Top 5 single.
Ghosts ~ Are You Scared Yet?
A scary Maestro with supernatural powers, is targeted by angry parents & towns mayor determined to drive him from his haunted Normal Valley home cuz they believe him to be a “freak”.
“You’re weird,” the Mayor sneers, “You’re strange, you’re scaring these kids.” [Brave words to commit to film, considering the media’s warped portrayal of Michael!]
Maestro challenges the Mayor: first one to get scared leaves town.
So begins a wonderfully ghoulish display of singing and dancing, with breath-taking special effects.
“Is this scary?” one of Michael’s characters asks, and the answer is yes – Ghosts is delightfully scary!
The film was written by Michael and Stephen King and directed by Oscar-winner Stan Winston – the world’s foremost creator of creatures in Jurassic Park, Aliens & Terminator 2.
The movie includes a series of dance routines performed by Michael and the “family” of ghouls, choreographed to original music, which Michael himself authored. Every song from the film was taken from Michael’s Blood on the Dance Floor album.
CAST OF CHARACTERS:
MAESTRO: Michael Jackson
MAYOR: Michael Jackson
GHOUL MAYOR: Michael Jackson
SUPER GHOUL: Michael Jackson
SKELETON: Michael Jackson
PAT: Pat Dade
AMY: Amy Smallman
EDWINA: Edwina Moore
DANTE: Dante Beze
SETH: Seth Smith
KENDALL: Kendall Cunningham
LOREN: Loren Randolph
HEATHER: Heather Ehlers
- The video for Ghosts is over 38 minutes long and holds the Guinness World Record as the world’s longest music video.
- The music video won the Bob Fosse Award for Best Choreography in a Music Video.
- Ghosts was issued as a standard home video in the UK in early February 1998 & made its debut at #1.
The original version of “HIStory” was the title track on his 1995 studio album HIStory, but was never released as a single; used the opening from “Great Gate of Kiev” as its introduction, followed by numerous historical quotes, including quotes from an interview with a young Michael Jackson from 1970. Musical compositions sampled include “Beethoven Lives Upstairs” and “Pictures at an Exhibition”. Audio quotes sampled were the “Charles Lindbergh Report” by Lowell Thomas, a report on Hank Aaron, “Robert Kennedy Eulogy” by Edward Kennedy, “Farewell to Baseball” by Lou Gehrig, “Greetings to the Children of England” by Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret, a quote from Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream”.
The remix album become Michael’s 5th consecutive chart topping album (his 6th in total)
1998 – Michael Jackson attended Nelson Mandela’s 80th birthday at the Gallagher Estate outside of Johannesburg.