don't stop 'til you get enough

Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough
  • Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough
  • Michael Jackson
  • Off the Wall, 1979

Released on July 28th, 1979.

Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough - Michael Jackson (Off the Wall, 1979)

“Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough” had a spoken intro over bass, partly to build up tension and surprise people with the swirling strings and percussion. It was also unusual because of my vocal arrangement. On that cut I sing in overdubs as a kind of group. I wrote myself a high part, one that my solo voice couldn’t carry on it’s own, to fit in with the music I was hearing in my head, so I let the arrangement take over from the singing. Q’s fade at the end was amazing, with guitars chopping like kalimbas, the African thumb pianos. That song means a lot to me because it was the first song I wrote as a whole. “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough” was my first big chance, and it went straight to number one. It was the song that won me my first Grammy. Quincy had the confidence in me to encourage me to go into the studio by myself, which put icing on the cake.“  Michael Jackson (Moonwalk, 1988)


“Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” (1979)

Director Nick Saxton had a knack for showing up early – he was a production assistant on George Lucas’ first full-length film, 1971’s THX 1138, and he shot the very first Michael Jackson solo video, “Don’t Stop 'Til You Get Enough.” A director who loved syncing film to the rhythm of music (or what he called, in 1981, “synchro-cinema”), Saxton filled “Don’t Stop 'Til You Get Enough” with bursts of light that streamed when the beat dropped and angles that would switch on a snare crack. From today’s perspective, and compared with future Jackson extravaganzas, the special effects used in 1979 were crude and embryonic. But the video is an early example of Jackson mixing new technology, fresh moves and old-Hollywood style: When he dances with himself, he updates Gene Kelly and presages Talking Heads’ “Once in a Lifetime.”