It’s that time of the year when covers of Michael Jackson’s Thriller pop up from every avenue of the internet - even former S Club 7 members are getting in on the act - but we reckon that 2022 will struggle to serve up a better one than this synth-loaded effort from the students at Jessheim high school in Norway.
What’s most remarkable is the amount and quality of the gear on show here - everything from vintage synths such as Roland’s Juno-60 and Jupiter-6 to modern machines including ASM’s HydraSynth and the Arturia MicroBrute. Look out for an Ensoniq SQ-1, Casio CZ-1000, Yamaha SY99 and Korg X50 on the stage, too.
In short, this would appear to be a seriously well-funded school music department. Certainly compared to ours, which could afford little more than a couple of Yamaha Portasound keyboards and a glockenspiel.
Dressed in suitably spooky attire, the nine students involved do a great job behind the keys, drums and congas, with Michael Jackson’s vocal being the only part of the original track to be used.
A special shout out to the video editor, too, particularly for the bloodbath ending that we’re not sure the drummer actually survived…