– Michael Jackson, “Beat It” (1997) The “Man in the Suit” – this is the quote you’ll probably hear more than any other from Michael Jackson. “
You cannot beat the man of your own body, because you have no body.”
– Michael Jackson, “Beat It” (1997) The “Man in the Suit” – this is the quote you’ll probably hear more than any other from Michael Jackson.
When asked by a interviewer if he felt he was better than Michael Jackson because he was more of a man than he was a dancer, Jackson responded: “That’s not a compliment.”
– ABC News (US) “You can’t beat the Man in the Suits, because he’s got a suit on.”
– Paul McCartney, “I Am the Walrus” (1993) The quote has since become the default for every pop star’s quote, and has been quoted so often that it’s almost impossible to determine the exact origin.
In this interview, the British singer explains why the phrase is so popular.
– ABC/Washington Post/WENN (US/UK) “I was a bit surprised at the response to the ‘Man in Suit’.
I thought, ‘Oh, he’s a little bit arrogant.’
But he was not arrogant.”
– The Rolling Stones, “Let’s Get It On” (1998) The first time we heard the quote, it was in the 1970s, and since then it’s been the standard refrain for everyone from Rihanna to Lady Gaga.
But there was one little thing that changed the meaning of the phrase.
In the ’80s, a group of Japanese musicians, who would later become known as “the Kiseki Brothers,” created a song called “Boku no Maki,” which translated roughly as “I Love the Man.”
This is the phrase that has been used by the Kiseks to describe themselves ever since.
– Tokyo TV (Japan) “It is true, I like the ‘man in the suits.’
But I think it’s too much to expect a man to be all-powerful.”
– Queen, “Towering” (1983) The lyrics of the song are an homage to the “Man of the Suit.”
– British singer Paul McCartney (via YouTube) In the years since, the phrase has become a popular refrain for every song by the likes of Rihanna and Lady Gaga, and many people have been convinced that it comes from the Kiseri Brothers’ “Towers.”
The Kiseris’ song is about a man who doesn’t want to be ruled by his suitors, so instead he chooses to be a man, and he tries to lead by example.
– Billboard (US, UK) The phrase has also been used in pop culture as an insult, and in fact has even been used to describe someone as a “man in a suit” (as opposed to a “Man.”)
In an interview with the Daily Mail, the Kisers explained the meaning behind the quote: “When people see the Kises and they say, ‘That is my brother,’ we say it as a joke.
We’re just the guys in the ‘suits,’ we’re just like the guys who are in suits.
We can’t be the guy in the kiseki.”
– Kiserin Brothers via YouTube (Japan, US) “He’s the Man.
He’s the Boss.
He’ll never let you down.”
– Madonna, “Livin’ On A Prayer” (1999) Madonna is famous for her love of her family and her work as a model, but she also has a penchant for saying these things to her fans, particularly during the song “LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER.”
– “Liva” (2008) “The Man in His Suit.”
“A man is a man.”
– Aimee Mann, “You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away” (1990) “In my opinion, ‘Man In The Suit’ is the ultimate compliment.”
“The man who thinks he can become the greatest in the world is a fool.”
– Bruce Springsteen, “The Promised Land” (1995) “Don’t forget, the Man In The Suits” is the mantra of every successful woman.
– Kim Kardashian West, “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” (2013) “When you look at the world, you know you’re in it for the long haul.”
– Christina Aguilera, “One Love” (2000) “There’s a reason I like Michael Jackson’s quote ‘Don’t think you’re too good, just try.’
I think that’s what I meant by that.”
– Prince, “We Are Young” (1986) The Kisers also said they were inspired to write “Man In the Suit