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What Green Day and Michael Jackson Have in Common

July 8, 2009

I went to see Green Day last night.

I got free tickets and wanted to be 14 again. I haven’t heard much of the new stuff or even much in the last little while. I wanted to go hear Dookie and remember what it was like seeing them 10+ years ago.

Besides the Nickleback-esque pyro and rock star antics, they pulled off a pretty impressive set for being how how old they are. As I hoped, they did end up playing 3 or 4 songs off Dookie.

The cool thing was, you knew a song from that era was coming up because the guitar Billie Joe was using. It was the same guitar he used in those days.It was a visual cue, exciting fans for what’s coming up. It’s a piece of Green Day’s identity.

So what does this have to do with Michael Jackson? Michael Jackson had his own visual cues too. The white glove, the white socks/black shoes thing, the red “beat it “jacket, the moonwalk, and the crotch grab are all unique to Jackson (I know the moonwalk wasn’t his, but he’s the one who took it to the masses).

All these elements create points of focus and make-up your image. They may not be necessarily important, but they make you stand out, because it’s uniquely you.

So what can you take away from this? Besides your sound, there are elements you can create to develop your own visual identity. It’s up to you and your creativity to come up with something uniquely you.

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