The fourth track on Michael Jackson’s 1987 blockbuster album Bad, the song “Liberian Girl” is not one of the King of Pop’s most popular. When the video was shared on Facebook by a West African friend of mine the other day, I watched it. Liberia holds a special place in my heart, so I was intrigued by the song title. It is a simple, beautiful song, but it was never released as a single in the US. The video however, is memorable.
It is veritable “Who’s who” of 1980s pop culture. See if you can name all the stars that appear in this video.
There’s Malcom Jamal Warner, Danny Glover, John Travolta, Olivia Newton John, Suzanne Summers, Whitley from “Another World,” one of the Coreys, Apollo Creed, the Hulk, Lando, that monkey, and many, many more. For a fun party game, play the video and see how many you can name. Check this wikipedia page here for the full cast. Perhaps most surprising of all is the absence of Eddie Murphy. Given that he and Michael together made the worst video of all time, maybe that’s a good thing.