Following last week’s delicate gem “God Bless Ohio”, Sun Kil Moon has teamed up with Jesu for a track called “He’s Bad”. And it’s not just a harmless pun on The King of Pop’s “Bad” hit, either; Mark Kozelek uses every opportunity to trash the the late legend: ‘He’s bad/ And he’s dead and I’m glad/ He’s dead/ And to me it ain’t that fucking sad.” Another portion of the song reads thusly:
“But if I had a son would I let him get into a car with Michael Jackson? Fuck no/ I’m sorry for the bad things that his father did to him/ But it doesn’t add up to building a Willy Wonka trap for kids/ And changing the color of your God-given skin/ You made creepy videos that the popular kids liked back in the ’80s/ And once over a balcony he dangled a baby.”
Stream it in full here.
“He’s Bad” is taken from Sun Kil Moon and Jesu’s forthcoming collaborative LP, 30 Seconds to the Decline of Planet Earth (June 1st, 2017 via Caldo Verde). It marks the artists’ second joint album following this year’s self-titled release.
“He’s Bad” also isn’t the first time Kozelek’s blatantly called out another musician. If you’ll recall, he spent a good chunk of 2014 unnecessarily beefing with The War on Drugs.