Randy Jackson's Journey days: If ya don't know, now ya know...

Last night‘s American Idol opened with footage of judge Randy Jackson rocking out with Journey in their Miami Vice-inspired colored-sport-coat, mid-’80s era. It’s caused a bit of a stir online this morning as people — no doubt hypnotized by Jackson’s high-top fade and tight, tapered pants — rush to YouTube to gobble up more videos of him a-boppin’ and a-dancin’ while playing bass on stage alongside Steve Perry. Is there anything more unfortunately styled than a pop musician from the mid to late ’80s? And yet I’m sure Jackson’s proud of the footage — and he should be. The Idol judges are all "experts" in music, but I’m far more impressed by Jackson’s stint as a studio musician in an arena rock band (he joined Journey in 1986 for their album Raised on Radio and the subsequent tour) than I am by Simon Cowell describing Il Divo as "the best thing I ever heard" or Paula Abdul dancing with an animated wolf (or was that a cat?) in the "Opposites Attract" video. So rock on, Randy. Even if you do look like the lost member of Kid ‘N Play, ask the haters how many of them played "Don’t Stop Believin’" in front of 30,000 screaming fans.

Who else has love for the Big Dawg, even if he does desperately need to step up his Idol commentary? Anyone wanna predict a high-top fade comeback? And how long you think it took him to squeeze into these pants?

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  • thad

    Journey is great and so is Randy. No shame for the big dawg. Check out Sheryl Crow touring with Michael Jackson. Now that must have been a freak show.

  • Anonymous

    “Ohhhhh! Ohhhhh! I’ve got nothing to say on AI so I talk loudly. Ohhhhh!” – R. Jackson

  • Amanda B.

    Words can not describe Steve’s and Randy’s outfits. Mom jeans and a red tuxedo jacket? Wow. That’s all I can say!

  • JAIME

    SNUGIE UPDATE…4 MILLION AND COUNTING!!

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    THIS IS HILLARIOUS!! I LOVE THE DRINKING GAME!!

  • J2K31

    It was an animated cat not a wolf…hence the name MC Skat Cat.

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  • BLM

    Yep, definitely a cat, not a wolf.

  • Babulah

    Oh my God…Steve Perry in the Red Coat was my favorite! I saw them 4 times on that tour! HOT!HOt!HOt!
    This girl just can’t help it!!

  • JD

    OH YEAH, the red coat, ragged jeans, all the long dark hair. I’d still kick my hubby out for SP, no doubt about it!

  • jb

    journey rocks. why would there be shame? randy was rockin! awesome!

  • Lolwut

    Journey…is labeled as good? Guess that just shows how low people’s standards in music fell from 1973 to the 80’s, and yet another fine example of how 30,000 people can, indeed, be wrong about the things that matter.

    • david

      your are a stupid idiot if you can’t recognize talent. Obviously you have none.

  • Jean Guy Levesque

    VANILLA ICE made the high top hair popular. He was an embarrasment to white people world wide but he was HIP for 2 minutes. Vive la Quebec!!!!!

  • Jim

    Anyone who doubts whether Journey is a “good” band needs to do a bit more homework; any band that has included luminaries like Neal Schon and Steve Smith within its ranks over the years deserves all the acclaim it can get. So if Randy scored a spot with this band, he is obviously a top-shelf musician, and has nothing to be ashamed of.

  • mk

    Journey was a much better band with Greg Rolie. When Steve Perry joined, it devolved into a middle of the road pop band.

  • Anonymous

    Are you kidding? Journey reached its top popularity because of Steve Perry! Yes, the band is awesome and I still go see them, but Perry gave them the best years!

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