Archive | Jan 07, 2019

Certain Songs #1419: OutKast – “Ms. Jackson”

Album: Stankonia
Year: 2000

A light-hearted sounding song about a serious subject, “Ms. Jackson” should have probably drowned in its own internal contradictions and utter weirdness, but instead, it became a massive world-wide hit — a Top Ten song in 19 countries (according to Wikipedia) — and by early 2001, felt totally and utterly inescapable.

Which makes sense, because for all of its near-psychedelic weirdness, “Ms. Jackson” was a goddamn hook machine, so like obvious precursors such as “When Doves Cry” or “Strawberry Fields Forever” the hooks so overwhelmed the weirdness that the weirdness became part of the hooks.