5 Definitive Songs From Michael Jackson’s “Off The Wall”
The late 70's saw Michael Jackson's career at a turning point. Fresh off his appearance in the film "The Wiz" Michael was poised to move beyond his years with Motown and performing with Jackson 5 and was looking to find his own sound and show that he had grown up. Along comes the great Quincy Jones and the duo teamed up to create "Off The Wall" which would go on to become an instant classic for Michael. We take a look back at this album which was release 35 years ago this week.
The first single from "Off The Wall", "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough" was (and still is) an instant party starter! The video also showcases Michael's soon to be imitated dance style and it earned him a Grammy in 1979 for Best R&B Vocal Performance (Male)
The follow-up single was a much more smoother one but jams nonetheless! "Rock With You" was produced by Quincy Jones but the video will forever be one of the best thanks to Michael's amazing outfit!
The title track from the album would be another amazing and lush song written by Rod Temperton. You gotta "leave that 9 to 5 on the shelf" and lose yourself in the groove! Check out this live performance!
While "Working" is considered a "disco" song, its one of the few songs from that era that still resonates to this day!
And we wrap up this look back with one of his best love songs. "She's Outta My Life" was the 4th single to be released from "Off The Wall" and it would mark the first time in Billboard history a solo artist would achieve 4 top 10 hits from one album. Try not to cry because according to Quincy Jones, Michael couldn't hold back his tears after numerous attempts to record this song, so the tears you're hearing at the end are REAL. "We recorded about—I don't know—8-11 takes, and every one at the end, he just cried, and I said 'hey - that's supposed to be, leave it on there.'" - Quincy Jones