Rare 1980s Photos Michael Jackson Shooting Music Video Bad

Michael Jackson’s hit song BAD was shot at the Brooklyn Hoyt-Schermerhorn station.  The music video shot by master Martin Scorses was released in November 1986 with an 19 minute short film.

Bad is MIchael Jackson’s seventh record  released on August 31, 1987 in the US by Epic Records and internationally by CBS Records. It was released nearly five years after Jackson’s previous album, Thriller (1982). Bad was recorded during the first half of 1987. The lyrical themes include media bias, paranoia, racial profiling, romance, self-improvement and world peace. The album cemented Jackson’s status as one of the most successful artists of the 1980s.

Bad saw Michael Jackson exercise even more artistic freedom than he did with his two previous Epic releases (Off the Wall and Thriller); Jackson composed nine of the album’s eleven tracks, and received co-producer credit for the entire album. Nine of the eleven songs on Bad were released as singles; one was a promotional single, and another was released outside of the US and Canada. Five of the singles hit No. 1 in the US, while a sixth charted within the top ten, and a seventh charted within the top twenty on the Hot 100. Bad peaked at No. 1 in thirteen countries and charted within the top twenty in other territories. The only songs on the album which were not released as commercial singles were “Speed Demon” and “Just Good Friends”.

This continued Jackson’s commercial success in the late 1980s, and garnered six Grammy Award nominations, winning two. Apart from commercial success, it was well received by contemporary critics. The record produced a record five Billboard Hot 100 number one singles. Bad was ranked No. 43 in the 100 Greatest Albums of All Time of the MTV Generation in 2009 by VH1 and number 202 in Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Bad has sold an estimated 35 million copies worldwide and has been cited as one of the best-selling albums of all time. In 2017, the album was certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America, denoting sales of over ten million copies in the United States.

30 Wild Photos That Capture the Disco Scene of the 1970s

The heyday of the 1970s disco scene fashion blossomed from the music played at gay underground New York clubs such as the Loft, Tenth Floor, and 12 West in the early 1970s. Other clubs such as Infinity, Flamingo, the Paradise Garage, Le Jardin, and the Saint launched a disco culture that brought with it an anything-goes attitude and all-night dancing.

Studio 54 became the place to be seen in disco clothing such as boob-tubes, platform shoes, flared trousers and body-conscious shapes dressed in lurex, glitter and crazy patterns or colours. Studio 54 played an essential role creating the nightclub scene that is still with us today – a place where people dress to be noticed and in the latest fashion.

The successful movie Saturday Night Fever (1977) ensured that disco hung around for a few years before becoming very unfashionable when Punk Rock and New Wave became the new anti-fashion fashion. Below are 30 vintage photographs that show just how crazy 1970s disco really was…

A group of people get down on a mirrored dance floor, circa 1978. (David Redfern / Redferns)
A group of people get down on a mirrored dance floor, circa 1978. (David Redfern / Redferns)
1970s disco scene. The Village People perform live as the audience dance the “YMCA” at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, circa 1970. (Amanda Edwards / Redferns / Getty Images)
1970s disco scene
A couple bring their dancing to the floor of the disco club Fun House in New York City, 1978. (Waring Abbott / Getty Images)
Divine, Grace Jones, and friends celebrate Jones’ birthday at Xenon, 1978. (Ron Galella / WireImage / Getty Images)
A man blowing a whistle in a sparkling purple outfit dances at Studio 54, 1979. (Waring Abbott / Getty Images)
A woman dances amid other partygoers at Studio 54, 1977. (Waring Abbott / Getty Images)
A man performs with fire at the disco club Infinity in New York City, 1979. (Waring Abbott / Getty Images)
Bianca Jagger rides into Studio 54 on a white horse during her birthday celebrations in 1977. (Rose Hartman / Getty Images)
A woman dances in ecstasy at a disco in New York City, 1976. (Waring Abbott / Getty Images)
The Jacksons perform during a concert, circa 1975. (Gary Merrin / Getty Images)
A couple dance at Studio 54 in 1977. (Waring Abbott / Getty Images)
People dances on couches at Xenon, 1978. (Waring Abbott / Getty Images)
1970s disco scene. A group of DJs spin records at a disco club in New York City, 1979. (Waring Abbott / Getty Images)
A group of partygoers join in a synchronized dance number in an unidentified club, circa 1977. (David Redfern / Redferns / Getty Images)
A woman dances between two men at Studio 54, 1979. (Waring Abbott / Getty Images)
A dance club blends into a kaleidoscopic haze at a disco club in New York City, 1978. (Waring Abbott / Getty Images)
Grace Jones at the disco club Studio 54 in New York City in 1978. (Waring Abbott / Getty Images)
Grace Jones at the disco club Studio 54 in New York City in 1978. (Waring Abbott / Getty Images)
Metallic-painted dancers at a disco club perform on stage in New York City, 1978. (Waring Abbott / Getty Images)
A woman known as “Disco Granny” dances with a young man at Studio 54, circa 1978. (Images Press / Getty Images)
A crowd of dancers at the disco club in New York City, 1978. (Waring Abbott / Getty Images)
A disco DJ smokes a cigarette while spinning a record at a club in New York City, 1979. (Waring Abbott / Getty Images)
A woman enters the dance floor at Studio 54, 1977. 1970s disco scene.
A couple wearing matching high socks dance at the disco club Xenon in New York City, 1978. (Waring Abbott / Getty Images)
A woman wipes the sweat from her face at Studio 54, 1977. (Waring Abbott / Getty Images)
A group of older men and women relax on the sidelines of a disco club in New York City in 1978. (Waring Abbott / Getty Images)
Actor and singer Grace Jones gives a big smile to the camera while partying at Studio 54 in New York City, 1978. (Rose Hartman / Getty Images)
1970s disco scene. A man and woman take center stage on the dance floor at the disco club 2001 Odyssey in Brooklyn, New York, in 1979. (Waring Abbott / Getty Images)
The Queen of Disco Donna Summer performs onstage in a feather costume, circa 1976. (Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images)
1970s disco scene. David Bowie and Dutch actor and singer Romy Haag have a smoke at the Alcazar nightclub in Paris during 1976. (Rda / Getty Images)

Forgotten 1970s Album Cover Art Brings Back Memories

1970s album cover art is not something that is familiar to a new generation of listeners raised on iPods and digital music.  The following selection of cover art from the 1970s represent some of the greatest musicians of this era.

1970s album cover art
“Are You Ready?”, Pacific Gas & Electric, 1970.
1970s album cover art
“Knock Knock Who’s There”, Mary Hopkin, 1970 .
“Arizona”, Mark Lindsay, 1970.
“Paranoid”, Black Sabbath, 1970.
1970s album cover art
“Focus Plays Focus”, Focus, 1970.
“How Can I Be Sure”, Dusty Springfield, 1970.
“Hey Jude”, The Beatles, 1970.
“Immigrant song/hey, hey what can I do”, Led Zeppelin, 1970.
“The Goodtime Album”, Glen Campbell, 1970.
“Sit Down Young Stranger”, Gordon Lightfoot, 1970.
“Free”, Fire and Water, 1970.
Stevie Wonder Live, 1970
“Loaded”, The Velvet Underground, 1970.
Schoolhouse Funk: Stage Bands, Lab Bands, and A Toast to the Boogie!, 1970.
“Harvest”, Barclay James, 1970.
Chico Buarque de Hollanda, Volume 4, 1970
“Hello, I’m Johnny Cash”, 1970.
“I Who Have Nothing”, Tom Jones, 1970.
“After The Gold Rush”, Neil Young, 1970.
“Close To You”, Carpenters, 1970.
“Psychedelic Shack”, The Temptations, 1970.
“Bridge Over Troubled Water”, Simon and Garfunkel, 1970.
Van Morrison, 1970.
Bob Dylan, 1970
“Cucumber Castle”, Bee Gees, 1970.
Creedence Clearwater Revival, 1970.
Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One : The Kinks, 1970.

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