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- Posted on Jun 26th 2009 4:40PM by Kim Davis
From 1982's 'Thriller'
When I was a little girl, I had four cousins (all siblings) that were, to me, the end-all, be-all of cool. I'm talking Aqua Net, water beds and motocross. They were in high school and used to let me and my older brother come over after school and watch MTV and HBO. As one might imagine, I was exposed to some pretty ... mature stuff. And two things stuck with me from those fateful afternoons on my aunt's giant grey couch: Michael J. Fox's 'The Secret of My Success' (another story for another time), and the 'Thriller' video.
I was late to the game on the almost 14-minute long fright fest, regarded by MTV as the greatest video of all time, but was no less affected. I was simultaneously in love with and terrified of Michael. I was seriously jealous of that pretty girl's poodle skirt. The ghouls were dancing! I quivered in the presence of Vincent Price's booming, sinister voice. The lyrics didn't have to make sense (they don't). My little not-yet-10-year-old mind was blown.
My favorite 'Thriller' moments since then have more to do with adolescent antics. You know, werewolf dancing around a table when playing flip cup in someone's garage. Blasting the full version out of my friend's older brother's red (had to be red) car to freak out people in our impossibly quaint town. What? I'm not embarrassed. "I'm not like other girls ...No, I mean I'm different."
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