I was pretty psyched to see the video for Janet Jackson’s new single, Feedback — it made its debut on BET this week, and has been all over the internet, quick, watch before they take the link down again.
The video is an intergalactic romp that ends with Janet and co. dancing in what looks like a giant bowl of milk. Trippy, and laden with imagery. It’s got a beat that won’t quit, and Janet in total sex-kitten mode — she says in the lyrics, she’s heavy like a first day period. (sorry, that line made me LOL when I first heard it. Seriously, Janet?).
Fingers crossed, this means a real comeback for Miss Jackson — Lord knows I wasn’t the only one who wasn’t “So Excited” about her last album. I’d love to see Janet charge to the front of the pop music diva pack where she belongs. She’s an originator, she’s still looking incredible, and I’d love to see her step forward and show these young girls how it’s really done.
Choosing a favorite Janet Jackson video is even harder than choosing a favorite En Vogue video. I’ve loved her in almost all her incarnations, from innocent Let’s Wait A While to raunchy sex goddess in If. But stepping in the way-back machine, I definitely grew up on Good Times and Fame — any old-school Fame fans in the house? Anyone? I love early Janet the most, I think.
It goes without saying that Janet changed the game. She was one of the main reasons I became so enthralled with music videos so early in my life. So many of her videos were cinematic experiences, filled with colorful characters, random dance breakdowns, and Miss Jackson in the middle of it all, singing and smiling and making everyone feel like she was their BFF. When I Think Of You. Alright is one of my all-time favorites, because she features Cyd Charisse and the late, great Cab Calloway. And when Escapade dropped, it was a big deal in Trinidad, because Janet featured the artistry of Peter Minshall. Remember that big marionette thing? If you don’t know, now you know.
But this week’s Throwback Thursday goes way back to when I first wanted to BE Janet. Back when I could relate to her, when she looked like she did in the photo at the top of this post. When she was thick and workin’ it, cute but sassy, and had that big Eighties freestyle hair. When she was asking the question, What Have You Done For Me Lately?
So Eighties! I love it. LOL at Paula Abdul in that intro. She choreographed quite a few early Janet videos. I wonder if they’re still even a little bit friendly these days? Paula’s been acting a little crazy recently, and Janet doesn’t seem to be down with that. Can’t say that I blame her.
What’s your favorite Janet Jackson video?