“One of the things that I loathe is when somebody will choose something artsy just for the sake of trying to impress somebody else with their knowledge of obscurity. I could’ve padded a list of the ’10 records that changed my life’ with, I don’t know, Ornette Coleman or whoever, but I didn’t want to go there. And besides, Thriller is… it’s everything.
“The album predates me, so it’s the kind of thing that was always there. Bad came out in ’87, but Michael was putting out singles from Thriller all the way up to that. As a toddler, I was hearing those singles over and over again. It was still very, very fresh and relevant to me.
“The thing that I find so fascinating about a record like Thriller is, it was so big. It was so defined and so Michael Jackson that nobody even bothered to knock it off. That’s a feat. I’ve seen people make allusions to it visually, and I’ve heard people make allusions to it in spirit. But I’ve never heard of anybody sitting down and saying, ‘OK, I want to write Baby Be Mine,' or 'I’m going to write a song like Thriller.’ Thriller was the last song that sounded like Thriller.
“If anything, that makes me want to stand up for the album even more. There’s always going to be some snooty rock snob who’s going to be like, ‘Ah, you know, Thriller… whatever.’ But it’s like, ‘No, man. For real. This record is everything that they say it is. It’s that good.’”