“Thriller is a beautiful bench mark when trying to create our own music. From the drum parts, to the synth sounds to the overall mix and of course Michael’s energetic flawless vocals. This album influences every aspect of our musicianship” – Elliot Smith (The Villains).
Crowned the ‘King of Pop’ Michael Jackson was, without a doubt, the most influential artist of the 20th Century. More than just a pop star though; Jackson’s sheer force of charisma, electrifying stage presence, signature dance moves and powerful legacy captured something entirely different – something new – something tastefully adventurous. His music; a jazzy pop-rock, Motown-funk fusion swirled together perfectly to create masterpiece after masterpiece, and left a world of fans completely breathless.
In between busting out the most epic dance moves; from the blunt sexuality of his crotch grabs to the brilliant creation of his famous moonwalk, Jackson’s 1982 Thriller changed the face of music (and music videos) forever. Fuelled by liquid smoothness, groundbreaking songs and mesmerising choreography, Thriller became the blueprint of the modern pop/R&B record. And just last year, the album officially became the first LP to be recognised for selling 30 million copies in the US alone, with more than 100 million copies sold worldwide too, according to The Recording Industry Association of America.
Join the Record Club
The Newport Hotel’s exclusive Record Club recognises some of Western Australia’s most iconic and beloved musicians. Boosting the local music scene in a very promising light, the next evening of Season 4 pays tribute to the iconic Michael Jackson and his 1982 Thriller album with some of Perth’s most recognised talent. You can read more about The Newport Record Club and Co-Founder’s Steve Parkin and Malcolm Clark’s insight into the juicy details here.
Michael Jackson’s Thriller will be performed in all its entirety by The Villains Thursday 4th February, 2016. For details and ticket information, make sure you visit the event page here.
Each week for the season, the Record Club will showcase leading musicians live on stage playing a diverse range of classic albums from legendary artists including Blondie, Faith No More, Billy Joel and Rage Against the Machine. Stay tuned to find out more!
Meet The Villains
“Seven of the 13 performers are part of a collective that reside at a recording studio – Villanova Music. We formed a band called The Villains that play around town and have a common love of Mr. Michael Jackson. For this specific album, we have brought in some of our friends who happen to be incredible musicians in the industry, specifically to re-create the masterpiece that is Thriller”.
The Michael Jackson ‘Thriller‘ Influence
Earning eight Grammy awards after receiving 12 nominations, Michael Jackson’s Thriller is the world’s biggest selling album of its time. And for good reason too. Jackson had no problem releasing ridiculously good music, but Thriller effectively combined everything we know and love about him into the one record – infectious melodies, those trademark dance moves, monstrosity music clips, uptempo funk and gracefully aggressive vocals. With songs like Billie Jean, The Girl Is Mine, Beat It, Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ and Thriller, how could you go wrong!?
Thrilling the world with this particular album, Jackson showed the diversity of his talent by branching off into various genres; including R&B, funk, rock and straight up 80s synth-pop at its finest. Revealing influences from artists like Stevie Wonder and James Brown, Jackson’s Thriller flaunted groove, jumpy bass-lines, climatic catchy harmonies and funkadelic pop sensibility. Armed with his red leather zipper jacket or the famous crisp white suite and the single, sequined glove; Jackson didn’t just create brilliant songs – he created a fearless piece of art and an eternal legacy in pop music.
“They are just incredible songs“, explains Smith. “The instrumentation and performances are perfect. This album is a beautiful bench mark when we’re trying to create our own music. From the drum parts, to the synth sounds to the overall mix and of course Michael’s energetic and flawless vocals. This album influences every aspect of our musicianship”.
The Newport Record Club with the King of Pop
“This Thursday night, the audience can expect a 13 piece band, giving 110% of their energy to make sure they do this album justice. We have the noah’s ark of instrumentation – 2 drummers, 2 keyboard players, 2 guitarists, 2 lead singers, 2 backing vocals and 2 horns….”
“The Newport Record Club is inspiring… It makes sure we never forget what came before while we are creating new music. There is ALWAYS something to be learnt from the classic albums!”.
Season 4 of The Newport Record Club has so many quality albums and artists to look forward too so make sure you stay tuned on the Toward Music blog for what you can expect each week and follow The Newport Record Club on Facebook for all the latest updates.