Tuesday, July 18, 2017

"Body" by The Jacksons

Song#:  2104
Date:  10/27/1984
Debut:  66
Peak:  47
Weeks:  7
Genre:  R&B

Pop Bits:  The Jacksons' album Victory was a good success reaching #4 Pop and #1 R&B. It would eventually sell double platinum, but in the wake of Michael Jackson's Thriller juggernaut the results were a bit lackluster, especially when it was promoted via a tour that featured Michael. The lack of major hits certainly didn't help. Only the first single, "State of Shock" (#3 Pop, #4 R&B), which featured Michael on vocals in a duet with Mick Jagger, did any real business. After that it was all downhill. This third single failed to generate interest with the tune only reaching #39 at R&B while getting locked out of the Pop Top 40. Once the tour was over, both Michael and Marlon would officially leave the group leaving the remaining four brothers to carry on.

ReduxReview:  Hmm...what's the name of the song? Geez. It gets repeated about 100 times it seems. It is rather annoying. I actually find this song a bit juvenile. It sounds like something written and produced for a teen vocal group like New Edition. Marlon is a capable vocalist (see below), but his little riffs sound forced. He's better supporting his brothers rather than being out front. This was the final track on the album and it was a very weak song to close out the Michael era of the group.

ReduxRating:  3/10

Trivia:  This song was written and sung by Marlon Jackson. He was born one year prior to Michael. Marlon was also a twin, but unfortunately his brother Brandon died at birth. After leaving the Jacksons, Marlon set out for a solo career. He was able to release a solo album in 1987 titled Baby Tonight. A single from the album, "Don't Go," was able to reach #2 at R&B. The album was strictly Marlon's venture and none of his siblings made any guest appearances. It would end up being his only solo release. Later on, Marlon would leave the music business and became a real estate agent. He would also invest in a cable network called The Black Family Channel, which operated from 1999 through to 2007.


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