Jun 212013

Text from the YouTube poster,

Guests on the The Andrew Denton Breakfast Show in Australia are challenged to play an acoustic cover version of their choice. This is legendary Neil Finn covering Billie Jean. Excellent cover. If you enjoyed it, go and buy the CD.. heaps of very good covers on there.


  9 Responses to “Mystery Date: Revealed”

  1. Very nice. I was under the impression that it was the cover Chris Martin trotted out there in ’09.

    FWIW, my next of 20 questions would have included, “Would I recognize this guy’s wife?”, “Does he have two first names?”, and “Does he dress like an Australian’s nightmare?”


  2. I actually know who that is! Whew, am I relieved it’s not someone horrible after saying I liked it.

    Mr. Mod: I think “Jump” was covered acoustically by the guy from Aztec Camera. ?

    In related M.J. news: A CNN quote regarding the doctor testifying in the civil trial as an expert on sleep deprivation lists him as “a sleep consultant to NASA, the CIA, and the Rolling Stones.” So if rockets fall out of the sky, and nukes go missing it’s because he’s busy with the 50 and Counting tour.

  3. You got me! I like Neil Finn a good deal. I should feel bad, shouldn’t I, that I’ve characterized his performance as something Richard Thompson and his beret would do if he were American. I am a bad person, but I still dislike the song and find nothing more to like in the cover. At least the Michael Jackson version has that gently thumping groove and synth bass line that I could imagine myself one day getting caught up in. I know backstory shouldn’t count for much, but the notion of any woman claiming that MJ sired her child is almost as preposterous as MJ writing a song imagining that a woman would make this claim. If former NBA player Shawn Kemp, the bastard sire of a dozen or more kids, wrote the song I’d still not like it. The hooks annoy me.

    Chicken: Yes, that’s the guy I was thinking of. I think the leader’s name is Roddy Frame – or maybe that’s the name of a professional wrestler.

  4. sammymaudlin

    I commend you for allowing yourself to believe that you dislike this song for the song.

    And yes the backstory is bizarre and leads me to believe what I have suspected for a long time and that is MJ didn’t actually write his own stuff or more likely at least had a lot of help.


  5. ladymisskirroyale

    Yup, Roddy Frame. Wrestler, ha ha. Maybe with record contracts…

  6. sammymaudlin

    There was a lot of cynicism and anti-acoustic posturing involved in this Mystery Date. I know that RTH wouldn’t be what it is without a healthy dose of those types of things. I also know that it is darkest before the dawn and that we can either embrace the Dark Side or join the Force.

    I’m inclined to say that it is clear that chickenfrank, CDM and I are clearly more spiritually evolved than the rest of you here but then that wouldn’t be very spiritual of me…so I won’t say it.

    I am also inclined to say to both chickenfrank and CDM-

    I am up for a mutual reach around any time my friends.

    But that doesn’t sound quite right…so I won’t say that either.

  7. sammymaudlin

    Whoah! Just read ladymiss’ comment about the song and want to add her to the list of the things “I won’t say” above. Yay!

  8. Excellent cover. The only thing that could have been better is if Afghan Whigs did it.

  9. ladymisskirroyale

    Roddy and Neil as part of a 3-way:

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