Does HIStory repeat itself? Looks that way. Michael Jackson’s overdue Invincible isn’t out till (fingers crossed) Sept. 25, but homages to the King of Pop keep popping up. We rate — giving up to four gloves — those who dare to walk the (moon)walk.
Chris Tucker JACKSON ACTION In Rush Hour 2, sings ”Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough.” BEHIND THE MUSIC The inveterate Jacko impressionist (pictured, with Jackie Chan, left) cranks out a karaoke rendition of the 1979 hit to reprise his breakdown in RH 1. But how did director Brett Ratner get the blessing of the reclusive Gloved One? ”I have a friend who’s his projectionist,” says Ratner. ”So I said, ‘Listen, the next time you show a movie, slip this tape in.”’ [Three Gloves]
Alien Ant Farm JACKSON ACTION Punkish cover of ”Smooth Criminal” on their CD Anthology. BEHIND THE MUSIC ”I was just blown away,” says ”Criminal” video director Marc Klasfeld, on first hearing AAF’s tongue-in-cheek remake. On landing the video gig, he brainstormed a collage of Jacksoniana. (A Bubbles-like chimp and a Liz Taylor tattoo make cameos.) But the pastiche is affectionate, and Klasfeld adds, ”I just think it’s a good song, hands down.” [Four Gloves]
Gorillaz JACKSON ACTION In their ”Clint Eastwood” video, ‘toon gorillas perform ”Thriller”-esque zombie dancing. BEHIND THE MUSIC Guest artist Del Tha Funkee Homosapien claims ignorance: ”That’s an ill angle for me — I didn’t even realize it was Michael Jackson. It looked tight, though. I ain’t seen nobody since Michael Jackson really putting it down except for hip-hop motherf — -ers…and sh — like that. You know what I’m saying?” In our small way. [Two Gloves]
Lil’ Romeo JACKSON ACTION Samples the Jackson 5’s ”I Want You Back” heavily on ”My Baby.” BEHIND THE MUSIC ”I always looked up to him — and my dad — since I was a little boy,” says the hip-high hip-hopper, who’ll perform at next month’s Jackson reunion. But Romeo doesn’t mimic Jacko’s moves (a la Usher, who moonwalks in his ”U Remind Me” video) — or his taste in pets: ”I have two birds. But I don’t think I’ll ever get a monkey.” [Three Gloves]