Michael Jackson’s catalog has been mined many times over, but one of his least covered tracks, “Stranger in Moscow,” is also, in my opinion, one of his most underrated. The somber ballad about battling loneliness first appeared on the compilation album HIStory: Past, Present, and Future. (Its video, directed by photographer Nick Brandt, nicely captures the sadness in the song.)
The Australian psychedelic rockers Tame Impala released a cover of the song today, and it’s haunting in its own right. The group trades out Jackson’s sharp percussive beat for a softer rhythm, and the airy vocals and synthesizer create a trippy feel. This is worth a listen.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Ebola Story
How our minds build narratives out of disaster.
The Budget Disaster That Completely Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola
PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer
The Shooting Tragedies That Forged Canada’s Gun Politics
A Highly Unscientific Ranking of Crazy-Old German Beers
Welcome to 13th Grade!
Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.
The Actual World
“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.