Nitro Glycerin

Please be careful not to harm yourself in the listening of this earworm.

Does the start of another dog day week seem to be lacking any serious action?  Well, The Nest’s got all of the special audio effects you need to get your Monday pumping!  That’s the day we pull out all the stops and ignore the massive collateral damage to rescue another lost hit trapped behind enemy lines from that massive POW camp we like to call the Dusty Vinyl Archive!  DJ Scratchy is too cool to look at the explosions, while the Sponkies take in all of the awesome cartoon violence that makes Amurrica great!  This summer blockbuster hasn’t been heard at a theater near you in about 35 years…

There may not be a more well known and talented family of musicians in American pop music than the clan from Gary, Indiana with that fairly common surname of the Jacksons.  Somewhere in the middle of  that Jackson family circus is today’s featured artist, a man by the name of Jermaine Jackson.  What’s a middle child to do to get attention in a family full of divas?  Two of his younger siblings, Michael and Janet (assuming they aren’t really one in the same), are two of the most famous singers in the world.  He can’t even get in on a piece the sarcastic fame that his brother Tito and freakshow sister LaToya enjoy….. not that he didn’t try, as you’ll see later.

Ah, the clean cut days of the Jackson tribe.

Jermaine played second fiddle to Michael in the Jackson 5 for years and left the group after it split from Motown in 1975.  That led him to a solo career that saw some moderate success in the mid 80’s… not that many people remembered with Michael exploding into the King of Pop and Janet (Miss Jackson if you’re nasty) right around the corner.  Here is a really neat song from Jermaine I like that hit #15 in 1984, “Dynamite”…

Now, that’s the audio version… and I posted it for a reason.  I wanted you to be able to enjoy (or hate, hi Draliman!) the song for what it is before you see the actual music video that was put together for the song…. which got entirely too much airplay on MTV.  You may want to steel yourself and hide the millennials for this four and a half minute dose of WTF Were They Thinking In The 80’s?

This was one of a handful of videos I roasted back in the early days of this blog.  This has got to be one of the very worst videos of a decade that had its share of complete turkeys as artists and producers sought to shape the brand new medium.  You have Jermaine Jackson and a cast of some of the most unflattering male and female dancers slathered in enough shiny glycerine to provide suppositories for the world in a musical prison break that foreshadowed the epic failure of the series Cop Rock.  Even without the deleted prison shower scenes, this video is pure nightmare fuel…

Oh, and the prison was apparently located next to Chernobyl, which may explain things.

Great song, terrible video…. and a paradoxical part of the 80’s that both needed to be unearthed and stay buried out of sight forever.

Come back tomorrow…. yes, tomorrow, for another lost hit by an artist that has something in common with Jermaine Jackson!  And no, not a poor taste in prison jumpsuits…


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Bored former 30-something who has nothing better to do with his life than draw cartoon squirrels.
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16 Responses to Nitro Glycerin

  1. Ha!! I remember Cop Rock….sadly.

  2. I remember … and I liked the video… it is the one of the 5 who is muhammad azzi now or something like that?

  3. I remember the song and thankfully NEVER saw that video. It is “the stuff of nightmares” for sure!!


  4. Mer O'Leary says:

    The names Merby…Ms. Merby if you’re nasty! LOL Too bad about her boob popping out years ago.

  5. Kismet says:

    What became of the Jackson Zero?

  6. draliman says:

    I preferred it with the video. It brought a bit of comedy to the whole affair. Made it easier to ignore the funky 80s background music…

  7. noelleg44 says:

    Too bad Jermaine has been ignored – he has a good voice!

  8. Erm…it’s understandable why Jermaine was the ignored Jackson. And that video…gah!

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