Considering that George Michael is reportedly performing at the London Olympics closing ceremonies this weekend, I thought it would be fun to go back to the era that first made him famous—the short lived, high profile 80s Brit-pop duo called Wham!
The song below, “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” was the opening track of Wham!’s top-selling album Make It Big (1984), and is one of their most widely remembered songs. I’m not posting this because I particularly like the song—to me, it is one of those songs that is “annoyingly catchy”, meaning you don’t have to like it for it to stay in your brain and nag you. But it’s a significant piece of 80’s music history, and for better or worse, it kickstarted George Michael’s career. He went on to have a solo career that certainly eclipsed his Wham! days, but even though he looked upon those early days with a bit of disdain, the fact remains that there wouldn’t have been a George Michael solo career without Wham!
So there you have it. Here’s the video. Watch it, and cringe along with me.