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Have You Seen This? Unforgettable Michael Jackson barrel organ tribute
The King of Pop is uncomparable and the tributes are many, but Id bet dollars to doughnuts you havent seen a barrel organ tribute. And youll never forget it once you do. - photo by Martha Ostergar
NEVERLAND Look, Michael Jackson will never be usurped as the King of Pop. Thats just a truth of the universe that we must all accept in our lives.

The best mere mortal musicians can do is make Michael Jackson tributes and hope they dont totally slaughter the song, and the Internet is full of said tributes to the beloved pop king. To name a very tiny sample, we have tributes with bottles, tributes with classical guitar and dance homage tributes in movies and video games.

But Im going to step out on a limb to say that this video might leave every other tribute in the dust. OK, maybe not, but I almost guarantee youve never seen one like it before.

Frenchman Patrick Mathis obsession with the barrel organ started in the 1980s, according to his website, and that has culminated in an arrangement of Michael Jacksons Smooth Criminal. And we aint talking no simple line of melody here. Mathis arrangement is a complete and true rendition that he punched onto a card himself.

Its a delight in the extreme, and his talent is impressive. The 4-minute video is well worth your time. (Pro tip: Dont adjust your volume, there is zero sound until the 17-second mark.)

As Jackson might say, youve be hit by, youve been struck by a smooth barrel organ. (Yes, that was terrible. No, Im not sorry.)
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