'Bad' is finished and according to Spike Lee, the man who made the documentary on Michael Jackson and the making of his album of the same name, it's a rare look into Jackson and his art. This year marks the 25-year anniversary of the album.
“We've got footage in this documentary no one's ever seen, stuff that Michael shot himself, behind-the-scenes stuff,” Lee told media last week “We had complete access to the vaults of Michael Jackson. He wrote 60 demos for the ‘Bad’ record. Only 11 made it. So we got to hear a lot of that stuff, too, so it was just a great experience.”
Sales for Michael Jackson's 'Bad' were good
The album 'Bad', with the single of the same name, is one of the biggest selling albums in music history. It came out on August 31, 1987, 5 years after Jackson's previous studio album, 'Thriller,' the world record holder for sales (as high as 100 plus million), revolutionized the music world. 'Bad' sold north of 30 million copies and it, too, was such an influence on music there will be a plethora of material coming out relating to the album as the anniversary date arrives.
That material will include a reissue of 'Bad' on September 18, and Lee's film, for which an exact release date hasn't yet been named. In addition to footage of Jackson, Lee interviewed many involved in the making of the record and of the 18 minute video that came along with it, such as the director, Martin Scorsese. Others interviewed include none other than a Canadian pop star, Justin Bieber, who has repeatedly said Michael Jackson inspired him to reach for his musical dreams. Bieber wasn't born until 7 years after the album was released.
Other songs from the album include 'The Way You Make Me Feel', 'Another Part of Me' and 'Smooth Criminal'. Director Lee said that Jackson, who died on June 25, 2009 at the age of 50, had a great sense of humor and that his documentary has many examples of it.