52. Jacksons – ‘Can You Feel It?’ (1980)

“All the colours of the world should be
Loving each other wholeheartedly
Yes, it’s all right
Take my message to your brother and tell him twice
Spread the word and try to teach the man
Who is hating his brother
When hate won’t do
Because we’re all the same
Yes the blood inside of me is inside of you”

Written by Jackie Jackson/Michael Jackson

Produced by The Jacksons

Taken from the album Triumph

Also released on The Very Best Of The Jacksons, The Essential Jacksons, The Jacksons Story and The Essential Michael Jackson

UK #6, AUS #41, US #77

The big, grand moment of the post-Motown Jacksons’ career, and not coincidentally their best song, ‘Can You Feel It?’ is a people-come-together-now anthem, possibly the first really large-scale example of this in Michael’s career. He’s done it countless times, ‘Heal The World’, ‘We Are The World’, ‘Earth Song’, and many other songs pertaining to our planet. None of them are as disco-tastic as ‘Can You Feel It?’, though, and you can’t quite choreograph a funky dance to ‘Heal The World’.

Obviously Michael steals the show here as he always does, and the most exciting bits of the song always occur when his voice breaks through and begins his voice. Poor Randy does an okay job of being co-lead, but we all know if you’re singing with Michael Jackson you’re going to get steamrollered. ‘Can You Feel It?’ was also a statement of artistic freedom, as Triumph was the first Jacksons album completely written by the brothers.

The song was given a stunning (for the time) music video, which was hilariously egotistical but kind of nice, in that Jackson sort of way. It was always as if they had no idea they were coming across as totally ridiculous, they always just wanted nice things for the world, and really, you can’t argue with that sentiment. ‘Can You Feel It?’ would be sampled endlessly over the years, and in my mind it’s their greatest group achievement to follow their emancipation from Motown.

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