Wednesday, May 14, 2008

At First I Thought They'd Hurtled "Thriller" into Deep Space

The Raw Story | Jacksons Thriller among cultural treasures: "The best-selling pop album on planet Earth and a disc sent hurtling into deep space are among recordings the Library of Congress will preserve for their cultural significance.

Twenty-five selections were added to the National Recording Registry on Wednesday, part of the library's attempt to save America's aural history by archiving recordings deemed 'culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.'

The inductees range from Michael Jackson's 1982 all-time-bestseller 'Thriller' and jazz artist Herbie Hancock's 1973 fusion smash 'Headhunters' to the 1977 record of Earth sounds that flew aboard the spacecraft Voyager in the event alien life forms encountered the craft. Other recordings added to the registry include works by Roy Orbison, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, Kitty Wells and Smokey Robinson and the Miracles."

Update: Todd Mason provides the registry link in a comment, but it's worth including here.

6 comments:

Randy Johnson said...

"At first I thought they'd hurtled 'Thriller' into deep space." I'd had that hope myself.

Todd Mason said...

Oh, there are Much worse albums than THRILLER. Whatever one thinks of its primary artist, who has made a number.

TM said...

A much more interesting link, I'd say (the Registry page) (also hotlinked on my initials)

http://www.loc.gov/rr/record/nrpb/nrpb-2007reg.html

Bill Crider said...

Thanks, Todd. I put the link up in the post.

Randy Johnson said...

I remember when they played Thriller seemingly nonstop everywhere you looked. I made a disparaging remark and someone called me on it. I said, "I liked the video the first hundred times I saw it. But the second hundred started to wear on me a bit."

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

They ought to hurtle Michael Jackson into space.