Halloween Tips and Tricks

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - NOVEMBER 10: Michael Jackson performs on stage during is "HIStory" world tour concert at Ericsson Stadium November 10, 1996 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

I remember when Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” was first shown on MTV in 1983. I was amazed at the video and how long it was. The coolness of all the zombies and the cheesy storyline made it an instant classic on MTV. It was such a huge success that it was played almost every hour.

Music videos were still evolving over the years. British artists had a good 10-year jump on the U.S. and were typically funnier and more cheesy. Like Flock of Seagulls’ song, “I Ran So Far Away.” As you can see, the cameraman is all wrapped in tinfoil going around in circles. Motley Crue’s “Too Young To Fall in Love” was another video I laughed at all the way through. The band tried to look like they were a tough street gang in Little China. Who can forget Billy Squire’s “Love Me Tonight” video, which just about ruined his career.

In 1985, Michael Jackson’s famous “Thriller” was re-imagined featuring a leading man dressed in a red leather costume, not unlike the one Michael Jackson wore for the “Thriller, with a mixture of traditional and Western dance moves and a good leading lady to make it watchable. This takes the award for not King of Pop but rather King of Cheese videos. Weird Al Yankovic even makes better videos than this. This Halloween season, make it a point to have a few moments of laughter and watch this version and be happy- Halloween only comes once a year.

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Born in Mt Clemens, Screamin has been a part of the Detroit airwaves for over 29 years with 26 at WRIF and 3 years as a morning show host at Z-Rock. When he’s not out on the streets, you can find him in his game room, where he collects jukeboxes and classic pinball machines. Screamin also devotes time doing local charities with his, "Screamin Angels"; and for 15 years with Rock 4 Tots charity. “CHIT” is his local cover band for 10 years all over the Motor City in local bars and has graced the main stage at local festivals like Arts, Beats & Eats warming up for national acts like Cheap Trick, Guess Who & even Salt & Peppa. Screamin’ is the lead singer and also plays cowbell & lead triangle

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