Janet Jackson: 'Control' is 20!


"Glaaaaadiator!" No, I’m not writing my second blog item of the week about Elizabeth Taylor. Rather, it’s just the sound of me, realizing I’m thoroughly, undeniably old. What’s got me feeling so geezer-ific this morning? Why, it’s a quote from Janet Jackson’s frequent collaborator Jimmy Jam, telling MTV.com about the singer’s upcoming CD: ”We’re celebrating 20 years since the Control album, so it would be crazy not to at least acknowledge that a little bit. So we’re digging out all the old sounds that we haven’t used in years and she sounds fantastic. It’s a record for the hardcore Janet fans: It’s very danceable, very upbeat, very happy."

What’s that? Control came out 20 years ago? Really? Okay, then, gimme a beat! And a bottle of Geritol.

addCredit(“Janet Jackson: Frederick M. Brown/Getty”)


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  • Ep Sato

    Yes, it freaks me out too. Dude, I wasn’t even 10 when that album came out! What will wierd me out though, is when people talk about the 20th anniversary of the release of Snoop’s first album (only 7 years away). Anyone else remember when hip hop music was so new that most “record stores” didn’t even have a “rap” section? Yo, that was 20 years ago!

  • Tom

    Looking forward to Janet’s album. Let’s put the ridiculous SuperBowl thing behind us. She was treated unfairly. She’s done a lot of good things and she’s made some fine music.

  • Joe

    I’m with ya, Michael; we’re the same age. I still remember the first time I heard the term ‘oldies from the 80’s’ on the radio…NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!

  • djm

    thanks for making me feel like a fossil Michael. I worked in a “record” store when that album was hot and I remember doing a display using her ALBUMS (not cd’s). Scary. Janet, Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam and Expose – what a SUMMER!!!

  • Ep Sato

    You rock for that awesome “Freestyle” friendly flashback. I too look back on the days of “Freestyle” with a big grin. Remember the Cover Girls? They were like the New York version of Miami’s Expose.
    And Lisa Lisa has demonstrated her staying power now that the Black Eyed Pea’s use her chorus “I wonder if I’ll take you home”.
    One last thing. Anyone else wierded out when they hear kids refer to Tupac, Tribe and the Pharcyde as “Old school rap”? That makes me cringe every time…

  • miv

    loved old school janet much more than her recent years, with the exception of the velvet rope. happy to see a return. i do feel old now, thanks! how time flies by.
    love the shout outs to the cover girls and expose…”Exposure” was the first cassette i ever bought. I had Janet’s on record. aww yea.

  • Paul U.

    “Control” was great…when she still had her baby fat. Janet, what have you done for me lately?

  • Terry Cromwell

    Jeez, that makes me feel like an ancient geezer. For the love of Pete, this album came out when I was old enough to have my own mind and make my own decisions, one of which being to get an ear pierced so I could hang my house keys in a hoop! How cool was it to be Nasty while vowing to wait a while. Back in those days, I would party to her music, but now it seems my dancing feet are always on my couch. And, with that comes the thought that Paula went from “what’s up girl? He stood you up again?” to sputtering babble such as “That’s not the best song selection for you, and you had pitch problems here and there, but you look great tonight and you have such a light that shines through when you sing that America is already falling in love with you. You’re a star.”

  • Catherine

    Oh My GOD!!!! I’m Old.

  • Delon

    I was 12 when Control came out and i can’t remember how many times i danced to those songs, fucking up the VCR playing her videos that i had recorded from TV shows back and forth and pausing and rewinding trying to learn every single move. I actually had my Control revival last year when i picked up the cd for the first time in a decade and got blown away by the sheer quality
    of the album and the memories it conjured up. Control is a pop classic. It will never get old!!!!!

  • djm

    Ep Sato –
    I do remember the CoverGirls – but I hadn’t thought of them in SO LONG. I actually went to a concert where Lisa Lisa was the headliner, Expose was on right before her and the first act was the unknown Ice-T – so scary!!! I had the original Expose album – the one before they put the new version of “Point of No Return” on it – how I wish I had kept it. I downloaded Lisa Lisa’s “I Wonder If I Take You Home” from iTunes after BEP’s used the chorus in their song and quite frankly it didn’t hold up for me, but back then I thought she was it!

  • Mary

    I was 16 when Control was released and remember some of the senior girls doing moves from “Nasty” as part of their senior assembly. They had to take some of the moves out as they were deemed “too racy” by our principal.
    To make some of us feel even OLDER (including myself), I saw the “Fresh Festival” in 1985. It featured a little known LL Cool J. Curtis Blow and Whodini were the major acts and headlining was Run-DMC!! I still have my souvenir “headband” from the show.

  • joey

    I was -3 when Control came out! lol

  • Daphne

    OI… I can’t believe it.. I’m old!… LOL LOL.. I remember buying the cassette for this album and I think that I still have it somewhere in my stack!

  • Mario

    Um.. I was 13… Dude, where’s my geritol?!?!

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