Upon reading that Jermaine Jackson was on a quest to find five Australian artists to turn into a modern-day Jackson 5, I was a little perplexed, maybe a little befuddled. Jackson 5 were one of my favorite groups as a youngster because they encapsulated the joy and freedom that many associate with childhood. In other words, they’ve always been a perfect soundtrack to anything resembling happiness (in my humble opinion). C’mon, who doesn’t love “I Want You Back”? Just take a listen to their greatest hits if you’re a skeptic. So, what exactly is Jackson trying to accomplish? Is he trying to revive the soul-group aesthetic of a past generation? Or is he simply trying to realign himself with pop culture to give his name some longevity and weight?
Your guess is as good as mine, but in an interview with UnderCover, Jackson states that “you just don’t see the kind of band or that kind of mania that the Jacksons created any more.” Jackson is even wrangling the kids online by using the Internet to give his endeavor an extra boost. Using online social media and a website, JJ5TV.com, where users and viewers can give their opinions and feedback, Jackson can pick the top five people to take JJ5 to the brink of stardom. (Oh yeah, JJ5 is the name of the group). So, keep your eyes peeled, your mouse in hand, and you could be one of the voices that decides who and what JJ5 will be—assuming you care, of course.
For the past 25 years Waddell Dawson has been the cheerful and smooth-voiced host of Monday afternoon Freeform on KUNM 89.9 FM, providing Northern New Mexico's very best rock and roll, soul, jazz, and rhythm and blues radio programming. This Monday, after DJ'ing one more Windy City-themed "Chicago Special" Dawson hangs up his headphones. While he'll return for special shows (such as the Dr. Martin Luther King Day program which he always hosts), Mondays will never be the same. Tune in this afternoon from 1:30 to 4 p.m. to hear Waddell Dawson sign off.