Love him or hate him, there’s no denying that Michael Jackson is one of the worlds most successful music stars, and his sixth solo album, Thriller, has a lot to do with that. Thriller was released in 1982 and to this day is the album that has sold the most copies worldwide, clocking in at 104 million copies!
The number of sales is set to get larger since the album has also just been re-released as the Thriller 25th Anniversary Edition, which has some remixed versions of the songs on it and also comes with a DVD packed with extras, including the much loved 15 minute video to the single Thriller.
It’s no wonder the album was so popular as it is packed with many of Jackson’s best loved hits, including the titular Thriller, Beat It, Billie Jean and Girl Is Mine, one of his duets with Paul McCartney. In many ways these songs are probably the most representative of Jackson at the height of his fame, before his nickname of Wacko Jacko started to over shadow his reputation as one of the greatest singers, and dancers for that matter, of the decade.
Anyway, any discussion of Thriller will inevitably mean pulling out the Thriller video for another airing, but that would be obvious. Instead, here’s the Thriller video recreated by the inmates of Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center in the Philippine. Yes, that’s right! 1500 orange garbed prisoners recreate the entire Thriller video from start to finish, complete with the Vincent Price monologue at the beginning. It’s especially funny because of the male prisoner (with long hair of course) who runs about pretending to be Michael’s girlfriend from the video. I know it sounds like a recipe for disaster, but they really are surprisingly good!