This November holiday, while you’re giving thanks, carving turkey, and wrestling with a can opener to unlatch that container of cranberry, you can add celebrating the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s album Bad to your timely list of activities.
The Spike Lee joint of a documentary, Bad 25, assembles various never-before-seen clips from the making of the record, along with interviews with those closely involved to Bad and its subsequent tour. Martin Scorsese, who of course directed the 18-minute Bad music video, was interviewed for the film, along with Sheryl Crow who was a back up singer on the tour.
The film even gathers the testimonials of those affected by Bad and Michael’s music in general like Mariah Carey, Justin Bieber, Cee-Lo Green, and Kanye West. What sets the film apart from standard talking head type docs on a celebrated figure is Spike Lee’s ability to get these stars to open up on how M.J. influenced specific areas of their work. For instance, Kanye retells how “Dirty Diana” introduced him to the type of groupies that follow an artist’s fame. Kanye would eventually go on to record his own version of “Diana,” the subject of his own hit “Gold Digger.”
What many of us gathered in his 2009 behind-the-scenes concert film This Is It, Michael Jackson was a hardcore perfectionist who didn’t just sing and dance music, but breathed it. Bad 25 is a further in-depth insider’s look into another era of Michael—the creation of the follow-up to his record-breaking and seminal album, Thriller.
The two-hour special will air on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22 on ABC at 9:30 p.m. Watch the trailer here: