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Wham!

Wham! sparked something of a pop revival in the mid-'80s and could arguably be held responsible for sparking off the boy band trend of the '90s. They were unashamedly pop, to the point of padding the front of their trousers for television appearances. At the heart, however, was a string of catchy singalong singles written by George Michael (born Georgios Kyrriacos Panayiotou in London to a Greek restauranting family).

George met Wham!'s other half, Andrew Ridgeley, at school in the London suburb of Bushey, and in 1979 they started performing together as part of the ska-based band the Executive. When that group dissolved, they wrote songs, made demos, and rushed into a recording contract with the equally eager independent label Innervision, scoring an instant hit with "Wham Rap!" (they thought that "wham" was the sound they made when Michael and Ridgeley performed together). In order to move to a recording contract with Sony label Epic, Wham! was forced to walk away from most of the royalties from their debut album, Fantastic. None of that mattered when their 1984 single, "Wake Me up Before You Go Go," became a worldwide hit, accompanied by a video of the pair cavorting in their sportswear. Almost immediately, George Michael started thinking of a solo career, and released "Careless Whisper," issued in the U.S. under George Michael of Wham!

Wham!'s end came suddenly two years later, in 1985, reputedly when the group's manager, Simon Napier-Bell (later to manage Take That), decided to sell a share of his management to a South African entertainment conglomerate. Supposedly, as part of a stand against South African politics, George Michael immediately announced Wham!'s breakup. They gave their farewell performance before a sold-out audience of 72,000 fans at London's Wembley Stadium.

George Michael comfortably stepped straight into his own highly successful solo performing and recording career. Andrew Ridgeley's post Wham! album, Son of Albert, sold poorly and produced just one minor hit, "Shake." ~ Ed Nimmervoll, Rovi
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Good old 80's song
Olga Good memories ..........mi s s the 80's
rkdeluna01
Love, love, love this song!!
You spelled his middle name incorrectly. It's Kyriacos.
almost thirty years ago. add that to how young I was when that song stepped on the doorstep of my ears, dammm! I'm getting there.
the days when music was at its best
oh the memories...e a r l y 80's in L.A.
Wham bam thank ya man
Oh Sherry where are ya
I love wham always have always will!
I still love Andrew Ridgeley! My middle school crush. It's funny, my daughter commented that her dad, my husband has a lot of those exotic features like Andrew.
Careless Whisper
WHAMMMMMMMMM M M M M !
Wham! Fantastic. George Michael is a lyrical genius!
Great song.
Discovered George and Wham again in college in late 90's and never looked back! Wham is just Awesome :)
Great song but on ambrosia channel? Hmmmm...
I LOVE Wham...that make it big c.d. is a amazing piece of pop work. ...
i also like the remake of this song by seether
they are having a reunion in 2015!!!! im there!!!!
80's...Wham. . . h i g h school....go o d times!
Remains me of a lost love. Miss u
I LOVE THIS SONG!!
mikell1966
first and longest slow dance for me so far
akeem2009
this song always takes me back to my childhood... first song i actually recorded from the radio!!
Great music, regardless.
Careless. Whisper, what more can I say :-)
Love this music.
We could have been so good together we could have danced forever.
She was like I thought it was a pencil in his pocket LOL
All I can say is 16th Birthday dance with Paul and my Bff danced with Jason the paper boy LOL.
Wake Me Up Before You Go Go!
Commented a thousand times!!WHAM! ! a n d George! RNB Legends!!!
jhandshy
omg
Somebody tell meeeeeee.... !
december_bon n e r
This is the JAM.....!!!
johnmargie6
This song is so true......an d then you get over it.....and move on!!!
Always loved Wham and still do.
respinal71
Love it
I wuz such a rocker and didn't want to listen to this preppy 80's music but I actually loved it.
Wham! defined my 80's - best time of my life, the music has withstood the test of time and still sounds terrific. George is supremely talented.
Love Wham!!!!!!!! ! ! ! !
Wham was one of my 1st white boy crushes of the 80s, Ill never forget it.
Best version, much better than the album one. The video is FANTASTIC, captures the unbelievable enthusiasm Wham! generated. These guys were so good... God, that was the best time of my life, so much better than now...
likes this song:
The best 80s song ever
comptonscott 4 6
Wow , wham and George Michael will always be my favorites
vic_dlg
I love wham my boyfriend loves this song to
boom boom boom boom take me dancin
Careless Whisper is one of the greatest songs of all time.
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