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La Roux fixated by Jackson

La Roux used to stare at pictures of late 'Thriller' singer Michael Jackson for hours at a time.
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La Roux used to stare at pictures of Michael Jackson for hours at a time.

The flame-haired British electro pop star told was captivated by the look of the late 'Thriller' singer as he was the "source of so much intrigue" for the singer - real name Elly Jackson - when she was a child.

She said: "The first record I remember hearing by Michael Jackson was when I was seven years old - there was a cassette of 'Dangerous' on top of the videos in the living room. I remember not liking the music but liking the cover. I would look at pictures of him for three hours. When you're that age, Michael Jackson blows your mind.

"He was the source of so much intrigue when I was a kid. He had everything a pop star needs - the lifestyle and the massive mental health issues."

Although she was first exposed to Michael's 1991 album 'Dangerous' Elly, 22, is a bigger fan of the more funk influenced material by the singer - who died last year of acute intoxication of the anaesthetic Propofol just weeks before a series of comeback concerts in London - naming 1979 album 'Off The Wall' as an influence.

She added: "'HIStory' was the first Michael Jackson record I bought, when I was eight, but 'Off the Wall' can't be beaten. I'm getting into funk at the moment and it's an amazing funk record. Plus, his vocals are softer."

Posted on 26 Apr 2010 10:00 to category : Music News

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