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Before the internet, the most common way to find out the lyrics to songs was to do it yourself. I would either record songs from the radio onto cassette tapes or play the official album cassette tapes. With a notebook and pen, I would play pause, play pause, line by line, for a few hours, to get the entire lyrics of a song. These are just some of the notebooks and pages of song lyrics I wrote down when I was a teenager.

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That's amazing! Thank God for lyrics in the liner notes, eh?
I was never a fan in the non-internet era. It was just starting out when I was a kid, but I remember the early days on internet fora, and how exciting it was to discuss topics with fans across the world!
 

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That's amazing! Thank God for lyrics in the liner notes, eh?
I was never a fan in the non-internet era. It was just starting out when I was a kid, but I remember the early days on internet fora, and how exciting it was to discuss topics with fans across the world!
thanks, I need to take some more photos of my pre internet fan stuff.

fun fact, Brad Sundberg wrote most of the liner notes lyrics, it was one of his jobs at the studio. I haven't told him yet that alot of them are wrong, and thats why I did the play , pause , write a line!!

Other pre internet things were the fan club magazines. I never got any of Adrian Grants first magazine OFF THE WALL, but I have a stack of KING magazines from MJNI, as well as MJ WORLD NETWORK's mini magazines and some German and French Black and White magazines.

For me in the late 80's and early 90's, TV was my main source for Michael.
MTV had Michael Jackson weekends, not just back to back music videos but Bad and Dangerous tour documentaries.
UK TV had Top of The Pops every Thursday at 7pm, as well as Saturday morning kids shows such as Going Live.
Irish TV had The Beatbox on Sunday mornings

I taped huge amounts from all the various TV stations onto VHS video tapes, which I still have.

Also SMASH HITS , a UK teen music magazine was an amazing source. It was published every 2 weeks and had everything from news and updates to interviews, and song lyrics.They also had various collectibles free with the magazine over the years, such as posters, trading cards, stickers etc. At the end of every year, they did a readers survey. They published a huge list of various awards and readers could post the completed survey. They then had a big award show / concert in London which was shown on TV called The Smash Hits Poll Winners Party.
 
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I used to buy CDs, and took the lyrincs with an english dictionary by my side and tried to translate his songs. In that time, it was Bad album. I wanted to know so bad what he was saying. I have to say that he was my english teacher!!
Also, it was a BIG thing when he released one of his short movies. I used to wait and wait and wait in front of the tv. They used to stopt all tv content to show his short movie. I recorded on vhs The way it make me feel video, and played it over and over again LOL.... imaging being Tatiana....:ROFLMAO:.
I also remember to buy teenager magazines and cut his photos. I have two albums, that I keep to this day, of this photos. And my room was full of posters.
What we didn't have were interviews you could see him talking, or acting like a normal human being. Nowadays you can find in Youtube lots of contents where you have Michael speaking or drinking or playing with his children... We didn't have that. For us he was like God.
 

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The liner notes don't work when you are missing the chorus to "She Drives Me Wild". That bothered me so much, I wish I confronted Brad about that when I had the chance :LOL: I believe he only did the Dangerous album lyrics.

Anyway, I used to do this too. Even with the internet, many artists' lyrics are wrong if you go to lyric sites and it's most likely fans doing what we used to do- pause, type, play, pause, type haha
 

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