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Look How Michael Jackson Influenced The Rock Genre

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 41 Years ago Michael Jackson released his iconic Thriller album. At the time, there wasn't much crossover between rock and pop. Barely any at all. This was the album that broke that boundary. Eddie Van Halen plays the guitar riff on, "Beat It," but that would only be the start of Michael's influence. At the time, music videos were little more than performance clips. Some of them had bad early 80s graphics, others were strange sci-fi type things, but barely any of them could be called cinematic. Thriller was a 13 min small film. It had a plot, special effects, and cost almost a million dollars to make. A price tag that was absolutely unheard of at the time.  

 Thriller was the game changer. Videos became stories and influenced the way we heard our favorite songs. Some of them became more controversial than ever before.   While "Closer" was already an intense song, the video goes even further with images of animal violence, twisted religious imagery, and sexual paraphernalia. Nine Inch Nails' made us all take a closer look in 94. 

Metallica used the video to tell some pretty wild stories. They were fans of, "Johnny Got His Gun," and used movie clips in the video for One. That was only the start. They would continue telling cool visual stories with the majority of their albums. The Unforgiven series being one of the more noteworthy ones... 

When Nirvana hit, glam rock videos were ending and a lot of acts were not sure how to use videos. Smells Like Teen Spirit gets all the attention, but Heart Shaped Box ranks as one of the most controversial videos of the time.

 Guns N Roses even went artsy with their videos from the Use Your Illusion albums. Many people believe this was the beginning of the end for them. The guys wanted to play music, bang chicks, and party. Axel Rose did too, but also wanted to swim with dolphins among other things. 

Korn, Disturbed, Linkin Park, and dozens of others put out some really cool videos. Despite MTV rarely playing videos anymore, bands still find away to create some pretty cool visual stories. Maybe this would have all turned out the same without Thriller, but we'll never know. Michael Jackson's creativity and drive certainly changed the game. Personally, I always loved this one from Stone Sour... 

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