JB, Michael, and Prince

For my money, this video is the reason YouTube exists. I thought of it when I heard of Michael Jackson’s death on Thursday, but didn’t have time to search for it until today.

Obviously shot in the mid-80s, the video raises several questions:

  1. What the hell was James Brown wearing? At times, it looks like a green house dress.
  2. What kind of cameraman fails to pull back at the first hint that Michael Jackson is going to dance?
  3. Did Prince ever get his jacket back? JB, like a dutiful mom, did his best to return it.
  4. And finally, you know you’re dealing with a weird group of people when James Brown is the most normal one onstage.