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Lovely is the feeling now!

You know, I was...
I was wondering, you know...
If we could keep on, because...
The force, it's got a lot of power, and...
It make me feel like, ah...
It-it make me feel like, ah... OOH!
— The opening to a new chapter for the Jackson 5's lead...

Off the Wall is the fifth studio album by Michael Jackson, released in 1979. It was his first as an adult and also his first under Epic Records instead of Motown. It became the best-selling album by a black artist until Jackson surpassed it himself with the release of Thriller. The album was also notable for having four Top Ten singles: "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough", "Rock With You", "Off The Wall" and "She's Out Of My Life" and being his first collaboration with producer Quincy Jones, the man who would help him along with the success of Thriller and Bad later on.

It was listed at #68 in Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time.



Side One

  1. "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" (6:04)
  2. "Rock With You" (3:40)
  3. "Workin' Day And Night" (5:14)
  4. "Get On The Floor" (4:39)
  5. "Off The Wall" (4:05)

Side Two

  1. "Girlfriend" (3:05)
  2. "She's Out Of My Life" (3:37)
  3. "I Can't Help It" (4:29)
  4. "It's The Falling In Love" (3:48)
  5. "Burn This Disco Out" (3:41)

Let the madness and the music trope to you:

  • Angry Black Man: Subverted; in contrast with Jackson's later albums he sounds happy and cheerful, sometimes sad ("She's Out Of My Life"), but not as angry as he would from Thriller on.
  • Break-Up Song: "She's Out Of My Life".
    It's out of my hands
    It's out of my hands
    To think for two years she was here
    And I took her for granted I was so cavalier
    Now the way that it stands
    She's out of my hands
  • Broken Record:
    Keep on, with the force don't stop/ Don't stop 'til you get enough.
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  • Call-Back: In "I Can't Help It" Jackson sings about looking in the mirror, a theme he would revisit in "Man In The Mirror" from Bad.
  • Concept Album: Sort of. All the tracks are about dancing, save for "She's Out Of My Life".
  • Concept Video: This album had early music videos going with them, but not particularly remarkable yet. "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" is the most well known, with three Michaels dancing alongside each other in a memorable scene.
  • Cover Version: "Girlfriend" was written by Paul McCartney.
  • Dancing Is Serious Business: "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" encapsulates the joys of dancing, not to forget "Off The Wall", "Rock With You", "Burn This Disco Out" and "Get On The Floor".
  • Disco: The track "Burn This Disco Out".
  • Epic Rocking: "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" and "Workin' Day And Night", which are over five minutes long.
  • Evil Laugh: At the start of "Off The Wall".
  • Face on the Cover: Michael in tuxedo, smiling.
  • Funny Afro: Michael on the album cover.
  • Funk: The album is a cross between disco and funk.
  • Intercourse with You: Subverted with "Don't Stop Till You Get Enough." Jackson's mother objected to the lyric, as she felt it was referring to sex, but Michal calmed her down by saying it didn't really mean anything.
  • Men Don't Cry: Subverted with "She's Out Of My Life", where Jackson according to legend couldn't end the take without bursting into tears. After a couple of those Quincy Jones decided to keep the crying on the record.
  • New Sound Album: Michael's earlier albums were recorded when he was a child and a teenager and therefore the music was more in tone with that age demographic. Off The Wall put him back on the map as an adult star and had a sound that was closer to the Funk of The Jackson 5 and the Disco that was popular at the time. The reinvention sure paid off: Off The Wall became the best-selling album by a black artist at the time.
  • The Power of Love: "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough"
    Love is force power!
  • Record Producer: Quincy Jones, who would produce Michael's next two albums Thriller and Bad.
  • Salaryman: "Workin' Day And Night".
    You got me workin', workin' day and night
    You say that workin' is what a man's supposed to do
    But I say it ain't right, if I can't give sweet love to you
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Michael on the album cover.
  • Shout-Out: "Can't Do Nuttin' For Ya Man" from Fear of a Black Planet in 1990 by Public Enemy samples "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough".
  • Spiritual Successor: The first two tracks of Thriller ("Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" and "Baby Be Mine") still sound much like songs that wouldn't fall out of tone on "Off The Wall", as does a Thriller outtake, "Got The Hots".
  • Spoken Word in Music: The intro to "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough".
    You know, I was
    I was wondering, you know
    If we could keep on, because
    The force, it's got a lot of power, and
    It make me feel like, ah...
    It- it make me feel like, ah... ooh!
  • Title Track: "Off The Wall"
    Live your life off the wall!
  • Updated Re-release: The album was reissued several times before and after Michael's passing.
    • The first time in 2001 as a "Special Edition", to promote what would become Jackson's final studio album Invincible. This edition contains audio interviews with Quincy Jones and Rod Temperton and also the original demo versions of "Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough" and "Workin' Day and Night".
    • The second time in 2009 as part of the box set titled The Collection released just a few weeks after Jackson died.
    • The third time in 2013 in the iTunes-exclusive collection The Indispensable Collection.
    • A fourth time in 2016 as part of the promotion of Spike Lee's second MJ documentary Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall.

Keep on, with the force don't stop
Don't stop 'til you get enough!
Keep on, with the force don't stop
Don't stop 'til you get enough!
Keep on, with the force don't stop
Don't stop 'til you get enough!
Keep on, with the force don't stop
Don't stop 'til you get enough!


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