The Archies' Sugar Sugar hit song from the Sixties celebrates her memory - how fitting indeed since the Sixties are the decade in which Farrah actually debuted, instantly overmatched by the likes of Sharon Tate and Françoise Dorléac, internationally-speaking, but she clearly outmatched them both in turn with her enduring appeal due to its evolution and sheer longer lifespan...
She truly took close to a full decade to reach the zenith of her fame, the apex of her brand of perfection, the summum of her popularity - a type of popularity that one will never see again. Everyone, and we do mean EVERYONE, wanted to have a Farrah poster just like this one, up on their walls:
No TV star, movie star or music "icon" since has ever come close to be as popular as Farrah Fawcett was in the years of 1975-1976-1977...
All the way into the Eighties, where others timidly TRIED to capitalize on the "Farrah formula for fame" - posing for and releasing posters, endorsing products and doing commercials, maybe posing nude (if you're a hot chick!) - Farrah remained the uncontested queen. Paradoxically, her popularity started to wane only when she began to prove her acting mettle, culminationg with her acclaimed role in The Burning Bed.
Perhaps all the nostalgics (and mindless masses that adored her unblemished golden California girl, with the infectious smile reeking of youthful innocence, golden locks and curves to die for) didn't like to see her become so firmly entrenched in "reality" - and its most dreadful aspects...
Real life was even more dreadful than "The Burning Bed" - not to say that the realities described in that book (and then the movie which starred Farrah) were not horrid, but there are even worse situations out there: one of them comes with the c-word...
That which took away Farrah's infectious radiant smile...
Nevertheless, we will all make abstraction of all these sad elements, always - and remember her as the most glowing of all Charlie's Angels, past, present or future... Forever Farrah!
1. Wanna Be Startin' Something
2. Baby Be Mine
3. The Girl Is Mine (with Paul McCartney)
5. Beat It
6. Billie Jean
7. Human Nature
8. P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
9. The Lady In My Life
I was still playing with action figures!!!
I wasn't all that preoccupied with girls, yet - and yet, this album connected with me, on every song! Each track resonated with a deep chord of my being - I may even attribute to tracks 3, 9 and, of course, 6, the awakening of my trademark romanticism!
I had just begun discovering film classics circa 1982, too, and to see the link being made between a bygone era and the then "today" - with Vincent Price (then the host of PBS' Mystery!) appearing on the "Thriller" track, his inimitable baritone voice ever so scary - it injected new life, also, into the fledgling historian in me!
And tracks 1 and 5, of course, stimulated me to simply FIGHT ON... fight the good fight... never give up an inch!
And I never did!
Track 7 wasn't a "classic" - but it still made me think and ponder what human nature was truly all about and, as such, it is the true genesis of my own personal "trust no one" stance - not the X-Files, at all!
Truly an album for the ages, that 1982 vinyl record, that I still own and will not get rid of now, that MJ has passed on; for it is ten times the collector's item it was before!
And to think that he would never again make such an album (BAD and Dangerous are distant seconds - while HIStory contains his true greatest song ever (Earth Song - and the true greatest video he ever did too, I say) but it was not a new album - merely a compilation)
And to think, also, that one could learn so much valuable lessons from such a confused, tortured soul as MJ's; allegedly a pedophile, treated like a "freak" for the last twenty or so years of his, all in all, very short life...
I never even knew he was merely ten years older than I am.
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