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This is Music History Today the Weekly Edition 38. On this week’s show, we discuss Justin Timberlake performing at the Super Bowl halftime show, we review the new album by Maroon 5, & we try to figure out if the Zombies belong in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
For those of you who are too young to remember what happened the last time Timberlake performed at a Super Bowl, here’s a brief history lesson. Back on February 1, 2004, Janet Jackson and Timberlake were two of the most popular performers on the planet. Janet had hit after hit, while Timberlake had been enjoying success with his first solo album after being in the insanely popular group ‘N Sync.
They were in the middle of performing his song Rock Your Body. When they sang the line “and I’ll have you naked by the end of this song”, Timberlake went behind Jackson, reached around her, grabbed her costume by the breast, and ripped it, exposing her nipple for about 2 seconds.
The reaction was pretty swift and negative; at least for one person. Initially, Timberlake gave the excuse that the costume wasn’t supposed to rip and that there had been a wardrobe malfunction. Now kids, you know where that overdone phrase came from. It’s pretty obvious when you look at the footage, though, that the costume was supposed to tear so that excuse was blown out of the water.
There was swift condemnation, not of Timberlake, but of Jackson. At the Grammy awards ceremony, which was only a couple of weeks later, Timberlake was invited to attend but Jackson was barred. Timberlake won an award that night, went on stage to accept it, read a public relations apology, and for him, the incident was over. His career took off, with acting, producing, and awards thrown his way.
Meanwhile, Jackson’s career spiraled out of control into freefall. Her next few albums crashed and burned. Any time she was mentioned in the press, somewhere in the coverage, the phrase wardrobe malfunction worked its way into coverage. That still happens to this day. I will say that I think a lot of the backlash against Janet had a lot to do with her brother Michael, who the press were having a field day with and transferred their hatred of him onto her.
For Timberlake’s part, he has sort of apologized a few times. In one interview, he said he was probably 10% responsible for what happened. Well, since it was his hand on her clothing, my thought is that the 10% number is a little low.
For many women and minorities, this incident reminds them of white male privilege in society. The woman gets vilified, while the man goes on with his career. At this particular time, especially in light of the sexual harassment & rape allegations flowing through society right now, this is unneeded attention for the NFL.
Here’s my personal feelings on it. I’ve had a problem with Justin ever since the incident; not because of the incident but because not once did he publicly defend Janet against the vilification. A real man would have stood up and told people to lay off of her. Instead, he decided to let her twist in the wind in order to save his career at that time. Now, if he wants to man up and make amends, what he should do is to publicly apologize to her and then, invite Janet on stage to sing a song or two. At this point, with his career firmly established, it’s the very least he can do.
New releases this week come from Taylor Swift, Billy Ray Cyrus, Evanescence, Quicksand, Smokey Robinson, & Teen Daze.
This is Music History Today for November 7. On this date:
* In 1997, the soundtrack to the movie Titanic was released. It went on to be the most overplayed soundtrack before that title was taken by the Frozen soundtrack. Kidding…sort of. I know: let it go.
* In 1786, the Stoughton Musical Society was founded. It was the oldest musical organization in America.
* In 1912, the Deutsche Opernhaus opened in Berlin. Their first production was of Beethoven’s Fidelio.
* In 1970, MGM Records dumped 18 artists from their label for “exploiting & promoting hard drugs”.
* In 1995, Alice in Chains’s debut album was released. Actually, it was released on vinyl 2 days earlier but vinyl was already dying by then so they released it on CD.
* In 2016, the great Leonard Cohen passed away.
* In 1979, the movie loosely based on Janis Joplin’s life, the Rose, premiered.
* In 1972, Bette Midler released her debut album the Divine Miss M.
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* Joni Mitchell
* singer Johnny Rivers
* opera great Joan Sutherland
* singer Dee Clark
* trumpet player Al Hirt
* producer Jellybean Benitez
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This week’s indie artist of the week is Buffalo Killers. The Ohio based band has 8 albums to their credit. Their new album is called Alive & Well in Ohio. This 12 song album is good time rock & roll. Their style is along the lines of 1990s Black Crowes, who they’ve toured with a couple of times.
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