Thriller Nights... and Mornings, and Afternoons... : Blog Of The Nation Who's bad? Oh, I think you know. It's Michael Jackson's Thriller.

Thriller Nights... and Mornings, and Afternoons...

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What to do after Thriller? Get a pet snake, duh. Source: Liason/Getty Images hide caption

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I know, I know. You're good NPR listeners. I bet you read the papers every day last week -- slogged through news on the economy, the election, Iraq. You listened to Morning Edition, TOTN, did your homework. But I bet there's one piece of news that you missed -- the kind of news that not only puts a smile on your face, but a little spin, a little shake, a little something in your hips. This year is the 25th anniversary of the release of Michael Jackson's seminal album, Thriller. Significance? Let me list the five best dance songs of all time and see if they mean anything to you. "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'," "Thriller," "Beat It," "Billie Jean," "Human Nature," "P.Y.T." (Pretty Young Thing). Oh wait. That's six. What does that spell? Thriller, baby. You know what else it spells? P-A-R-T-Y. There is no more joyful, funky, timeless music -- if it finds its way in and out of your speakers, it's as if you had a pretty inexpensive, but delicious double latte -- the effects of which are centered mostly in your hips. It's hip-notic. Today, we're checking in with Harriette Cole -- creative director of Ebony -- who spent some quality time with Michael Jackson, and reflects on the birth of the classic. You know what we want you to do here? We want you to forget about the weirdness, the allegations, the pet snake (see above) the made for TV movies (although I want to point out that the Jackson movie with Angela Bassett is pretty amazing), and we want you to appreciate the art Jackson made. Tell us your Thriller moment.