Janet Jackson was a Lying Bitch…Sort of

Aug 1, 2014 by

In 1986 when Janet Jackson released her sophomore album Control she made everyone, well … me, actually believe something like “control” was possible. Over the signature wet, reverby, can’t-help-but-dance-beats by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Janet’s nubile voice flitted and flirted through words that were more anthem than lyric: Got my own mind I wanna make my own decisions When it has to do with my life, my life I wanna be the one in control – Janet Jackson I don’t know, but there was something in that pronouncement that I, as a 16-year-old new mom and soon to be new wife needed to hear, to believe. With my own life seemingly spinning out of control, it was nice … no … essential to hold out hope that control…

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