I remember when I was doing my PhD in Ottawa during the 90s. I went into HMV and this CD caught my eye. I never really liked Michael Jackson all that much when Thriller came out in ’82. But in India, a few years later, I bought a tape of BAD, which for the most part I liked. They also played a film about MJ in the small Indian town where I did my M.A. Even there his impact was felt. Some people liked the film, others didn’t. I did.
Here’s another one that was pretty big while I was at Trent. I remember seeing the album for the first time at Trent Radio, where I did a show called “From Here to Otanabee” (there’s a river there called the Otanabee, and student residences by the same name). That was a play on “From Here to Eternity.” I don’t think many of my peers got it at the time. My show probably wasn’t that popular (we didn’t have official ratings polls). But I had fun and met some interesting people—fellow DJs, music lovers, dropouts, etc.
Anyhow, Joe Jackson seemed so cool back then. And the album cover for this disc spoke to me. Turns out I won a scholarship to study in India soon after, so I did experience the “big world” first hand (I didn’t travel much as a kid). And now with the internet, the album art seems to have almost foreshadowed things to come.
Right and Wrong… do you know the difference?
Here’s a photo of my parents and me at a Jain temple in Calcutta, as it was called then, around 1989.