Music / The Jackson Five

The Jackson Five (from the mid 1970s on The Jacksons) were a pop band who were very popular from the end of the 1960s until the early 1980s. They performed catchy and cheery dance numbers and back then, were the commercially most succesful black act at that time, spawning a string of Top 10 hits ("I Want You Back", "ABC", "The Love You'll Save", "Dancing Machine", "Enjoy Yourself", "Shake Your Body Down To The Ground", "Blame It On The Boogie", "Torture" and "Can You Feel It?"), a cartoon series (The Jackson 5ive), a variety show and numerous stage performances. After they moved to another label in the mid 1970s they were forced to change their name to The Jacksons, because their former label had copyrighted their original band name. Still, everybody on Earth kept referring to them as The Jackson Five.

Because the band was comprised of family members they were often compared to the all-white The Osmonds, whom were their main rivals. One band member was clearly the star of the group: child singer Michael Jackson of whom we all know would break out to have an even more successful solo career, but that's a different story...

Tropes associated with The Jackson Five are:

  • Abusive Parents: Jackson's father used to beat and force their sons to perform. Especially little Michael suffered a life long hate for his father because of this abuse and didn't have pleasant memories of this period of his life.
  • Animated Adaptation: A Band Toon TV cartoon series was made about them.
  • Band of Relatives: All members were each others' brothers.
  • Biopic: A four hour miniseries about the brothers' rise to fame aired on ABC in 1992 under the name The Jacksons: An American Dream. Jermaine served as a producer, while the other brothers helped cast the actors for the movie.
  • Break Up Song: "Who's Loving You?", where the protagonist wonders who is loving his former girlfriend now?
  • Christmas Songs: "Jackson Five Christmas Album" is full with these.
  • Dancing Is Serious Business: All their songs were incredibly catchy and can still fill the dance floor with people. Every stage performance or music video starring the band showed them dancing along in unison. "Dancing Machine", "Blame It On The Boogie", "Shake Your Body Down To The Ground",... refer to dancing directly.
  • Disco: From the mid-1970s on they moved more into this direction.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: It's sometimes strange to hear young Michael sing so happy and cheerfully, when you compare it to his more angry, paranoid singing and dancing from Thriller on.
  • Funny Afro: All the band members wore afro haircuts.
  • Green-Eyed Epiphany: "I Want You Back"
  • I Am the Band: Michael was clearly the star.
  • Letters 2 Numbers: The band named spelled the "f" in the word "five" as "5ive".
    • There's also a Japanese 12" EP consisting of four previous singles, called "Best 4 You".
  • List Song: "ABC" lists several things Michael will teach a little girl.
  • Notable Music Videos: They had a very notable one in 1981: "Can You Feel It"'s video featured the band as some sort of godlike beings spreading happiness and peace over the world. Back then the video had an enormous impact on audiences, because of the impressive computer effects for the time and grand epicness of it all. It would be the forebearer to Michael Jackson's equally epic music videos later.
  • Pep Talk Song: "ABC", "Enjoy Yourself",...
  • The Power of Love: "The Love You'll Save".
  • The Power of Rock: "Blame It On The Boogie"
    I just can't, I just can't, I just can't control my feet.
  • The Rival: The Osmonds.
  • Spelling Song: "ABC".
    A B C, simple as 1,2,3.
  • Teen Idol: The Jackson Five were teenagers admired by a very young audience of mostly teenagers.
  • Writing Around Trademarks: When they changed label in the 1970s it turned out that their old label owned the rights to the name The Jackson Five. So they became The Jacksons instead.
  • Youngest Child Wins: Michael was the only band member to have a massive succesful solo career.

Alternative Title(s): The Jacksons