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                                                  We slaute the rare, the obscure, and the memory that made growing up in the 1980s so much fun.
      Originally started on the ThrillerBaby MySpace page, this feature was a last minute addition. And then the people who represent the late Laura Branigan stopped by with their generous blessings, thanking us for featuring Branigan's THE LUCKY ONE  music-video as our JUNE 2008 THRILL OF THE MONTH.
     So POPULAR is our "THRILL OF THE MONTH", that quite often, shortly after one is picked for posting (usually by Joshua Crawford himself), YouTube and the likes will PULL it offline, due to the amount of increased traffic that our selection generates, and the music industry buzz that imbues it.
(Our first 2 selections were pulled entirely, though traces of what they were, have been left for historical purposes!)

     The amount of excitement within the music industry based on our selection, can be massive. Therefore, careful thought is placed into choosing only one.
For as they said in the 1986 film "Highlander",
 ... "There can BE only ONE."
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"THRILL of the MONTH!"
January, 2016
t's been a while since we have had a "Thrill Of The Month" here at ThrillerBaby.com, but given the death of David Bowie, we thought, what more of a perfect time, than NOW, to revive this once beloved page where often, so many times, once Crawford would select "one single artistic music video" from the past, per month, we'd get so many HITS, that our site would crash, and often the video would get removed from YouTube due to the same reasons. But? "We're BACK!"
So, ladies and gentlmen, after an extremely long hiatus, here's David Bowie's classic from 30 years ago, that still sounds as fresh as it did then; 1986's "Albsolute Beginners"; from the film of the same title in which Bowie starred in, based off the book by Colin MacInnes.
 The song went all the way to #2 in Bowie's native UK, where here in the USA, it only climbed to #53 on the Hot-100, despite reaching #9 on Billboard's THEN "Mainstream Rock Tracks" chart. But like with MANY other songs of Bowie's, we here at ThrillerBaby.com feel the movie (which was recently released on BluRay by Twilight Time) AND the song, have aged nicely, and deserve to have a second look and listen. (The song was hand chosen by Joshua Crawford to play on ThrillerBaby.com's HOME-page, the moment we broke the news about Bowie's passing through our facebook page! www.Facebook.com/ThrillerBabyNEWS.)
It features Rick Wakeman on piano (who also had worked with Bowie on "Space Oddity" and Bowie's much acclaimed "Hunky Dory" album), and was directed by Julien Temple, the film's director who had already directed landmark videos for Culture Club and SADE (she broke into acting by starring the 1986 film with Bowie!), Judas Priest, The Stray Cats, The Rolling Stones, Dexy's Midnight Runners, and would later direct Janet Jackson's "When I Think of You" this same year (famous for its ALL in ONE-SHOT directorial sequence!) as well as Duran Duran's popular, "Come Undone" in 1992, and Enigma's smash hit, "The Return To Innocence" in 1993.
Though the film in which this beautiful song is from was considered a box-office bomb at the time, 30 years later, however, it reveals a fun and colorful snapshot of UK 1950s nostalgia, with one great song! The video below, featured the longer version that was shortened for the single release in March of 1986. Enjoy! And don't forget to LIKE our facebook page!

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In light of the recent tragic events which have saddened the world, especially me (who named a GENERATION after him!)  Michael Joseph Jackson passing away at the age of only 50, in which the world is currently mourning, has hit ALL of us hard. I'm not even going to begin to express my thoughts on the situation until the 1st posting on the new (click HERE ---->) OFFICIAL ThrillerBaby TWITTER page! (EVERYONE START FOLLOWING AND AS SOON AS WE GET 1,000 FOLLOWERS, I, MYSELF, WILL RELEASE A SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT FOR ALL THE WORLD TO HEAR,  AND IN PARTICULAR, ALL YOU THRILERBABIES; MY BELOVED GENERATION!)
I wanted to post July's Thrill Of The Month a litte early and let it fly for the summer in honor of Jackson's death.
The following song is not only featured in my novel Signature Place which coined the word "ThrillerBaby" for an entire latchkey generation (AND the American lexicon), but it is also my most favorite Jackson song of all time.
Though shockingly, it was one of the few Jackson songs off the Thriller album that didn't have a music-video released for it.
However, it is believed one was made ... but never released.
Footage of this lost video which made only a brief appearance in the 1988 Jackson bio film MOONWALKER, has recently surfaced and I have been waiting for just the right time to post it.
Can't think of a better time than now.
Released to radio on July 3rd in the summer of 1983 as the 5th cut to be released off THRILLER, the following song topped the charts along with the rest of the cuts off Thriller, reaching #2 on the Adult Contemporary Charts, #7 on the Billboard Hot 100, and became Jackson's 5th Top-10-Hit off THRILLER.
I was only 8 years old at the time, having just bought my very first album; THRILLER.

We will miss him greatly.
ThrillerBaby.com's the THRILL of the MONTH! for July, 2009 is  . . . (DRUM ROLL PLEASE!) ...

" HUMAN NATURE " by the one and only King Of Pop
cheese1206  off YouTube for posting it !!!
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With Valentine's Day just around the corner, the following "Thrill-Of-The-Month!" seems rather appropriate.
Love is wonderful, but it ain't always easy. And the career of Ray Parker Jr. has often gone overlooked over the years, due to his high-charting success with the title song from the film "Ghostbusters" and the controversy that surrounded it ... which happens to be featured in Signature Place.
But before that much-loved song took over his career, he indeed had a string of unique and ageless melodies with his distinct own vocal style of singing so close to the microphone, that you could hear his whines and hesitations about love and life, having come from the 1970s band Raydio.
 Parker's solo-career included such classic high-charting hits as "I'm In Love With The Other Woman" and "A Woman Needs Love Just Like You Do."
And in 1983, one year before Ghostbusters would hit theaters in 1984, forever changing his career, this little number about the repercussions of a love gone wrong that sometimes hints at "Every Breath You Take" by The Police (also released in '83), rose all the way to #12 on both the the Billboard Hot 100 & the R&B charts, while rising even higher on the Adult-Contemporary charts to reach #10
The song, however, which displays wonderful cinematography for a music-video this early-on (Mtv had only come out just 2 years earlier), has largely gone unplayed by radio over the years, which is sad, considering that Parker would've been one of the few first African-Americans to have their video air on Mtv, right behind Michael Jackson and Prince.
For Mtv, in its early years, wouldn't even air such videos ... until Thriller came along, changing the game for everybody, and helping to foreshadow the election of the first African American President of the United States with Barack Obama in 2008, 25 years AFTER this song was released.
For those of you who are doing the math, that's exactly a QUARTER of a CENTURY!
My how things have changed.
The following song now holds a unique place in thrillerbaby history, for being one that not only broke down racial barriers by having had Thriller pave the way for it, but also one that's lyrical content has some unique psychological aspects to it. 
Is it a love-song? Is it a heartbreak-song? Is it just plain haunting with its elements of perhaps STALKING ?
We'll let YOU be the judge.
As sometimes not knowing WHAT a song is about (?), makes it even BETTER !
And considering that the song is now a quarter of a century old,
shockingly, it still sounds pretty ageless due to Parker's slick production-value.
Here's our first "THRILL-OF-THE-MONTH" in a POST African-American Presidential world.
ThrillerBaby.com's the THRILL of the MONTH! for February, 2009 is  . . . (DRUM ROLL PLEASE!) ...

" (I STILL CAN'T GET OVER) LOVIN' YOU " by the one and only RAY PARKER JR.
CONGRATS to  FL80  off YouTube for posting it !!!
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The following video will mark HISTORY here at ThrillerBaby.com for being the first "modern" artist to land the coveted "Thrill-Of-The-Month!"
After surfing TV late one night a few weeks ago, I was a bit dumbfounded when I landed on
VH1-Soul, which is the African-American offshoot of Vh1-Classic, and thought I had the wrong channel  (?); for how could it be that a WHITE man was singing on an otherwise BLACK music-video channel?
Right away, the graphics for the video, with remnants of late-70s/early-80s cheesy computer logos and silhouettes of stars in the sky that form the shape of the artist's face ... caught my attention. I could tell, whoever this was, was deeply inspired by that "ThrillerBaby MAGIC" of having grown up watching such images on TV. (Notice the opening credits right of the bat that resemble the THX sound logo from George Lucas.)
 My favorite part in the video is when the word "MAGIC" turns into a lightning-bolt.
 But what also caught my attention, was that for the first time in a VERY long time, neither the male featurted in the video, NOR the FEMALES, were half-way dressed with gold-chains around their bare necks while popping up in hot-tubs and pretending to know what the word
monogamy means.
And the beat?
Well, it wonderfully reeks of Michael Jackson's golden years, combined with the vocal style of Marvie Gaye and Hall and Oates; with the later having been one of the early pioneers of having their WHITE music ... played on BLACK radio.
I Can't Go For That" anybody?)
Soon, I was hooked, not only by the refreshing unusual video, but by the prestige and classiness of all that encompassed it, and only PRAYED the actual song would live up to its wonderfully-directed HYPE.
It did.
What was even more cool, is when the singer-songwriter revealed himself to be strangely familiar to looking like a very-young-version of the dad on the 1980's hit TV-series,
Growing Pains.
Turns out, the singer-songwriter ... is the dad's SON!
And the most wonderful thing about this?
The son is a thrillerbaby  ... with two previous albums ... who has already worked with Michael Jackson and like myself, not only plays the piano, but launched himself at a relatively SLOW START for someone so talented, having literally waited a very long time in line ... to get that MAGICAL record-deal that would finally introduce his style to the rest of the world. A style that is so obviously inspired by the golden-age of any thrillerbaby, that for a moment, I literally thought I was watching some old early-80s movie. (I'm still waiting for that record-deal by the way.)
So here we go.
With a "
bridge" midway through the song that simply states:

I know sometimes sometimes you feel no hope ... 
But I’ve been down off that lonely road.
I took whatever gift he offered me ...
Because I knew that he would set me free
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 ... I can't help but wonder ... if this guy's inspiration ... doesn't come from a higher-source. (?)
And did anyone know that his dad, actor
Alan, before landing his role of Jason Seaver on Growing Pains, wrote TV-themes?
(That's Alan singing, "Come and knock on our door!" from
Three's Company, which conicidentally, is featured on the Signature Place soundtrack!)
And the songwriter's mother,
Gloria Loring, (also an actress and singer) sang the great lost hit of 1986, "Friends and Lovers" with Carl Anderson.
So here's to you Robin,
you've got the magic ...
 ... now don't lose it by sinking into pop-star bliss!
(And yes, a very young Robin can be found on various episodes of
The Wonder Years and Growing Pains.)
With strong influences by Kubrick's "
2001" and Fred Astaire,
ThrillerBaby.com's the THRILL of the MONTH! for October, 2008 is  . . . (DRUM ROLL PLEASE!) ...

"MAGIC" by ROBIN THICKE !!! (Directed by Robert Hales and Thicke himself.)
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With June's (2008) highly anticipated re-release of the 1980 thrillerbaby classic film XANADU onto DVD (that contains the SOUNDTRACK to the film as well) in a delicious DVD/Soundtrack-COMBO, we couldn't help but be charmed at the opening sequence; as this beloved thrillerbaby film hit theaters one entire year before Mtv made its debut in August of 1981, and it certainly seemed to indicate that "visual music" was soon to come into the lives of many living-rooms with not only the invention of MTV a year later, but the VCR itself that barely existed in the typical household in the early part of the decade, but by the mid 80s, became affordable enough to exist everywhere, and elevate films to cult status like this one.
A box-office BOMB when first released, the beautifully choreographed film soon found its audience amongst US; the thriller-babies. And
Jeff Lynne and his Electric Light Orchestra, (otherwise known as simply E.L.O.) sure made this 28 year old clip ageless in not only striking visuals which depict a sisterhood of muses on a mural wall that come to life and thrust Olivia Newton-John into the life of struggling artist, but in SOUND itself.
Issued as a single in May of 1980 and reaching all the way to #16 on "The Billboard HOT 100", this opening song for the film sounds just as FRESH as did back then. The film itself, would become legendary in that it popularized roller-rinks throughout America which became a major social scene for young thrillerbabies growing up in the 80s, and it remains a perfect example of how a box-office BOMB ... is proven to be "no bomb at ALL!" if it has a rockin' soundtrack that yielded five hit singles, and features visuals that look rather striking, even in this now common world of C.G.I.
How they did this, is just really cool; even by today's standards. (C.G.I. wasn't placed into films until the release of the 1982 film "TRON" which, by the way, will finally have its highly anticipated SEQUEL released to theaters in 2011; ThrillerBabies REJOICE!)
This "Thrill of the MONTH for September 2008" song will now become a part of history here on ThrillerBaby.com, as it will mark the very first time that we RE-NAME our monthly "ThrillerBaby VIDEO-of-the-month" on our ThrillerBaby MySpace page ... the easier and simple "THRILL-of-the-MONTH!" to coincide with our new ThrillerBaby.com WEBSITE that was launched in August of 2008 to much acclaim. So now, both the "THRILL-of-the-month" here on the site, will now finally match the same one featured on our MySpace page! (Too cool, yay?)
If you recognize the male actor at the tail-end of this video, it's 
Michael Beck from the 1979 thrillerbaby classic film  The WARRIORS. Seeing that both "The Warriors" and "Xanadu" are featured prominently in Signature Place which coined the word "thrillerbaby", we can't help but find THIS particular "THRILL-OF-THE-MONTH" ultimately APPROPRIATE !!!
So ... with that said ...

ThrillerBaby.com's the THRILL of the MONTH! for September, 2008 is  . . . (DRUM ROLL PLEASE!) ...

"I'M ALIVE" by ELO !!!
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( And  STOP  the THRILL of the MONTH!   at  the  TOP  of  this  page  IF  IT  HASN'T  STOPPED  ALREADY  so  that  your  SOUNDS  don't  COLLIDE )

We couldn't decide what our first ever THRILL OF THE MONTH for our newly revamped website that lauched in
      August 2008 should be. But after putting together the
THRILLERBABY MOST WANTED  page on this site, we came across this hand-made clip 
at YouTube that we think not only takes you back to the 1980s, but also highlights a lost artifact from the period; thus killing two birds with one stone.
ThrillerBaby.com's the THRILL of the MONTH! for August, 2008 is 
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ThrillerBaby.com's the THRILL of the MONTH! for August, 2008 is 1981's ENDLESS LOVE  by Lionel Richie & Diana Ross  !   . . .
Pasted together by YouTube.com member "sbrenn" in the Netherlands from a rare WIDESCREEN PRINT (UNAVAILABLE IN THE U.S.) !
For more information about this month's pick, visit    Thriller Baby MOST WANTED !