The album: Janet Jackson: Rhythm Nation 1814 (A&M, 1989)
This episode is the edited version of our special live launch party we held on Nov. 11 in Los Angeles, as part of the Voyager Institute. We were joined by Grammy-nominated soul artist B.Slade, a self-described “Rhythm Nation-pedia” who, indeed, brought incredible insight and knowledge to our discussion of this seminal Jackson LP. How many people can name every single dancer in Janet’s “Miss You Much” video? Exactly.
It was a delightful conversation and having the live audience was great. It was our first time taping in front of an audience but hopefully won’t be our last. Thanks to all those who came out and to those who couldn’t, we’re happy you finally get to listen to this.
More on Janet Jackson and Rhythm Nation 1814:
- Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis’ track-by-track breakdown of the album in Billboard.
- Jimmy Jam on the “making of” Rhythm Nation 1814 in Billboard.
- Joseph Vogel’s “The Nation That Janet Built” for The Atlantic
More on B.Slade:
- B.Slade’s video for his cover of “Alright.”
- An interview with him by UrbanBridgez.com.
- Website | Bandcamp | Twitter | Instagram
Show Tracklisting (all songs from Rhythm Nation unless indicated otherwise):
- Intro from “Rhythm Nation”
- “Interlude: T.V.”
- B.Slade: Alright 2016
- “Interlude: Livin’…In Complete Darkness”
- “You Need Me” (b-side of the “Miss You Much” single)
- “Miss You Much”
- Beyonce: “Freedom”
- “Rhythm Nation”
- “Miss You Much”
- “Love Will Never Do”
- “Someday Is Tonight”
- “Living In a World They Didn’t Make”
- DeBarge: “Love Me In a Special Way”
- The Carpenters: “Close To You”
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