Michael Jackson loved the moving image. He’s rightfully credited with inventing the big-scale music video (although he always referred to them as short films), and often had cameramen following him around to capture his life for his home video library. From the horror show of Thriller to the Egyptian court of Remember the Time and the underground mafia club of You Rock My World, Michael’s short films are some of the most celebrated in music, and doing a top five on them would be impossible let alone pointless, because they still seem to gain a million views on the internet every day. Instead, i-D dug deep into the secret pockets of YouTube, and found some of the rarest and most incredible Michael Jackson footage out there. Filtered and unfiltered, this is the man, the music, and the magic.
A true magician, Michael rarely revealed the secrets of his magic. After all, part of what made him so captivating was keeping people guessing. And while there’s no major revelation in this behind-the-scenes home video clip from the filming of Speed Demon, it’s one of the rarest and best glimpses of the King of Pop off duty. Michael’s beloved make-up artist for life, Karen Faye, is filming while his dressmaker Michael Bush adds layer upon layer and glove upon glove to the Speed Demon outfit. There’s something incredibly surreal and awe-inspiring about seeing this supernatural creature, who could command a stadium of thousands, talking about fingertip tape and singing jingles in a dusty trailer with two of his best friends, humble and soft-spoken as ever.