Five years have passed since his untimely demise on June 25, 2009, but Michael Jackson lives on in the hearts of every person who listens to music.
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Neil Armstrong may have walked on the face of the moon in 1969, but in 1983, when Michael Jackson did the moonwalk at Motown’s 25th anniversary celebrations in California, NASA’s finest achievement momentarily took a backseat. Thus began a revolution for dance aspirants and every pop star wannabe from Wyoming to Timbuktu, by way of Ipoh, too.
There, my brothers and I stood decked out in matching track suits in 1984 ... clearly inspired by the Break Dance and Beat Street movies, too, posing in front of the mirror to bust those moves as accurately as possible. Since performances for us were generally indoors, the pre-requisite was socks ... hey, we had to be able to do the moonwalk friction-free.
That was the attention to detail we picked up on from MJ. Perfection came first, just like every whirl, every thrust of the hip, every en pointe, every kick – they were all planned, down to the nth degree. His was art for art’s sake. Fair enough, we never managed any of those moves successfully, but it was never for the want of trying.