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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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anjsmommy27
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in the next 2 days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in BIG letters this is so scary cud it actually works!
gonzalez.fil i
80's in españa

WAKE ME UP BEFORE YOU GO GO!
Dad this for u love u where ever u are u an my lil brother
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venzorjustin
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WHAM! Listening to this group as a teen really changed my life! George Michael was soooooo fine!!
Today's music has nothing on the oldies. I truly love this song.
blueyedmom00 7
Love this song. What a great voice!
Love thissong
Great song
Simply hot sizzling dance song!
Wham, great group. Nuff said
I love this song brings back memories of the one I married my wife and still together going on 24 years
One of my all time favorite songs!!!
Love This Song!!!!!!
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
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