Tuesday, 17 April 2012

‘E.T. The Extra Terrestrial’ – Narrated by Michael Jackson (1982)

"When someone in the dark reaches out to you,
And touches off a spark that comes shining through,
It tells you never be afraid."

"What’s your favourite Michael Jackson album?" No-one ever asks me this. It won’t be making my new FAQs section (see last post).

So here’s a scoop: it’s the album above. Yep, in 1982, Michael Jackson sat down with Quincy Jones and narrated the story of ‘E.T’. And they threw it into a box set, with a glossy/creepy poster and a storybook. Now this probably deserves an FAQs section of its own, so here goes…

"Does Michael Jackson duet with E.T at any point?"
He actually does. Kinda. Before the story kicks in, Jacko treats us to one of his trademark saccharine ballads (sample lyrics above), accompanied by E.T. throwing out some of his catchphrases. It’s odd.

"Can you moonwalk to this album?"
Not really. It would look stupid.

"Any of the classsic John Williams score on this album?"
Yes. Lots. Except Jacko keeps talking over it. And there’s movie dialogue too. And all manner of sound effects. All of which Jacko continues to talk over. The effect is kind of like popping to the kitchen to put the kettle on while a softly spoken child describes all the bits of the film you’re missing on the telly.

"Does Jacko do any high-pitched yelping?"
I don’t think so. It’s hard to tell. I’m assuming all the high-pitched yelping belongs to E.T. and Gertie.

"Does he say 'Alli-ga-tors in the sewers'? Please tell us he says 'Alli-ga-tors in the sewers'." (The best line in the movie – fact!)
Nope, he doesn't.

And that’s all the questions we have time for today. Feel free to add any others to the comments below and I’ll make every effort to answer them. Probably. I'm off now to dig out my picture disc of Whitney Houston narrating 'Short Circuit 2'. 

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