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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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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.
WHAT EVER ^^^^^!!!!!!! ! i LOVED HIM THEN AND STILL LOVE HIM NOW, for what ever he's doing or where ever he is He's still my GEORGE
This was one of the best band in the 80's and i don't care what anyone say but George Michael was and will always be sexy to me love this song it's a classic
Strait sex music love this always have always will
love me some wham
I hope that George get his self together, re-unite with wham and give us some of that beautiful music again. In the mid-eighty's was my hay day of fun, 10 year class reunion .Fantastic Vocals...... . . M s . Bea Atl Class of 75Archer....
erinbaskin
I will FOREVER LOVE Wham!
Aw! 1985! The Hippest yr of my life! 33 yr old! Now 61'. What a Drag!
Always loved this song
tmarten
Uh, these are not the lyrics. Look at the cassette insert...
Great tune!
the only song, that no matter where I am when I hear it, I break out into dance!
Yay, Freedom! Oh, and Careless Whispers.... O h , how lovely! I LOVE Wham!!!
I really miss this group and all the memories.... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
$ICK A$$ $ONG........ . . I'M NEVER GOING TO DANCE AGAIN....... . .
799969898
George Michael, your voice melts my heterosexual Walmart jeans into a puddle on the floor - Love, your biggest straight male fan
My favorite songs by WHAM! Are I'm your man...and wake me up before you go go...of course:'>
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