revisit: the anniversary party (alan cumming and jennifer jason leigh, 2001)
the sound of music (robert wise, 1965)

music friday: janet jackson, "miss you much"

Today marks the 25th anniversary of The Earthquake, so I thought I’d choose the #1 song in the country on that date. “Miss You Much” was in the middle of a four-week run at #1 … it eventually sold 4 million copies worldwide. The song came from the Rhythm Nation 1814 album, which was the follow-up to Control, her breakthrough.

“Miss You Much,” like a lot of her material then, sounded a lot like a Prince record … perhaps ironic, given her famous brother. This was mostly due to the presence of producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, original members of The Time. It was a potent package: Janet, Jimmy, and Terry. A lot of hits ensued. The lyrics to “Miss You Much” don’t get much deeper than the title, and Jackson’s vocals are more a part of the overall sound than they are particularly soulful.

The video got a lot of attention, and has proven to be influential. Directed by Dominic Sena with choreography by Anthony Thomas, it seems a bit familiar now, but that’s partly because it has been copied so many times:

There have been homages and direct rips of the video over the years. It’s usually about the chairs, which is odd … they are only in the video for a second … the overall look of the video is also an inspiration to others. Here are a few of those who were inspired:

The Backstreet Boys, “As Long As You Love Me

Pink, Usher, and Mya, Medley (I didn’t think Pink had it in her … talking about her dancing here)

Britney Spears, “Stronger