I can remember being twelve years old, sitting in the living room watching the Motown 25 anniversary special on television with my mother, father, and younger brother and sister. We watched all the performances, and our parents got a kick out of seeing all the acts they could remember from their youth, but we kids were staying up late for one person: Michael Jackson.
I found this video on a friend’s Facebook feed. It is a young boy performing the Motown 25 performance of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.” I have watched it over and over again multiple times.
“Remember The Time” is one of those Michael songs that I consider a classic. I have my own thoughts as to the meaning of the lyrics and who the song was directed toward, and it makes it that much more sentimental to me. The video and accompanying dance routine give us more classic Mike in his element, dancing his favorite choreographed moves and looking good while doing it. I love this song. I’d list it in my top 5 Michael songs of all time.
When I heard Mack Wilds had remade “Remember the Time,” my first question was why? There are just some things you don’t touch, and Michael Jackson songs are in that group. If I’m honest, I will say that Mack did a decent enough job, and my misgivings about people remaking Mike’s work are what lead me to cast any negative light on this cover. I loved Mack on The Wire and 90210, and he has shown himself to be a respectable music artist, but why, Mack, why?