6. "Rock With You" (1979)
Working in a pre-MTV era, when "music videos" were called "promos," Bruce Gowers (the video pioneer behind Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody") created a smoky space tunnel in an L.A. soundstage for Jackson and his sequined suit to shine.
Bruce Gowers, director: In those days they were done for peanuts. Absolute peanuts. I think about all we could afford was the laser. This one was probably about $3,000. If you look at it, there's nothing there but a laser and Michael Jackson. When we did this, this was the start of his solo career. He was very, very timid, very quiet, very unassuming. Really nice, he's an absolute professional, even in those days.
It was filmed on a little stage in L.A. called the 800 Stage, a little stage that we got cheap because we were shooting quite a lot of music videos. There was minimal editing as well, because obviously in those days editing costs money. It was about $350 per machine per hour. If you were using two playbacks and one record, that was a lot of money Everything was rented, trust me: the cameras, the stage, the Duvetyne drop, the smoke.