Everybody knows him. The King of Pop. And, believe it or not, Haruki Murakami mentioned Michael Jackson in Tanz mit dem Schafsmann (dance, dance dance, ダンス･ダンス･ダンス dansu dansu dansu, g.e. 2002) from 1988. Just because of the start of the ticket sale today from Mr Jackson to his last concerts in London, i’m putting this great song here: Billie Jean (1982). On page 92 (g.e.) and a little bit later the protagonist arses around, sitting in the 26th floor in the hotelbar: He thinks he’s in ancient times, writing the story of Cleopatra and the old Egyptians in a new lovestory between Jodie-Foster-Cleopatra and an Actor (an old friend of his schooltime) and a colored prince (played by Michael) dancing the whole time to get his unfullfilled love. On page 96 he wants to hear Mr. Jackson singing Billie Jean (won two Grammys in 1984) some seconds before he meets ‘Sheepman’.
Actually i enjoyed that video very much: Plaing with the con, the mysteriuos man @ Ronald’s, the white leather shoes, the splitscreen. The Billie Jean story comes to a 2nd part in Smooth Criminal (1987) when Michael is dancing in a Corner-Bar, you’ll see the (wild) cats, dark wet streets as well.