When I was a kid, the bit 1 minute and 17 seconds into MJ’s video for ‘Smooth Criminal’ (Set in what seems to be an impossibly sexy 20s nightclub in Harlem), was officially the coolest thing ever committed to celluloid:
… closely followed by the bits later on, where he crushes a cue ball in time with the music and shoots a dude through the freakin’ wall!
As a 6 year old I probably only had a partial understanding of the magic of special effects and probably believed that MJ was such a god that he could do shit like this! I distinctly remember wrapping plasters round my own fingers… but sadly it didn’t give me similar magic powers.
A boyhood hero passes.
Here is one of my all-time favourite mash-ups from the genius that is Party Ben: