Optional page text here. The Beast's Lair: Wham!

Monday, January 08, 2007


The band Wham! was formed in 1981 by George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley. I have always felt a sense of deep sympathy for Ridgely who basically received no credit for his part in making George Michael a superstar. At the time Wham! split in 1986, Ridgeley was basically seen as useless. He disappeared into obscurity.

However, a closer look shows that without Ridgeley, Michael might not have received the fame he went on to enjoy. First of all, it was Ridgeley who convinced Michael to change their image to the fashionable pop superstar glam look and sound. But in the kicker of all kickers, Ridgeley co-wrote the groups best song, "Careless Whisper", but for some weird reason, the song was released as a George Michael solo, which just wasn't the case. Michael never recorded a better or more played song, even with the future "Faith" and "Freedom90."

Thank God for the people in the background who make things possible for us, and who seldom receive any credit for the moments of glory we all enjoy.

I wonder how often Michael thinks of Ridgeley.


Anonymous agog said...

Sheesh!! I had forgotten all about wham. Talk about a trip down memory lane.

January 08, 2007 6:30 PM  
Anonymous Rexwilder said...

As you know, I am an 80's music fiend (and a big fan of Wham! and GM (he has good initials)), but what in the world triggered this memory from you?!

Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go; Careless Whisper, Everything She Wants; Freedom (not Freedom '90, which is great also)....they rock man!

January 08, 2007 7:06 PM  
Anonymous Rexwilder said...

Not to mention a participant in Do They Know Its Christmas, the greatest charity/group/whatever song of all time (with all due respect to Huey Lewis in We Are the World, as noted by Michael Jackson in the "making of" video).

January 08, 2007 7:08 PM  
Blogger The Beast said...

Andi and I heard "Careless Whisper" on the radio yesterday, which prompted a conversation with Andi that went pretty much along the lines of what you just read. I thought it was good material.

And the video clip of Huey Lewis and Michael Jackson rehearsing "Do They Know Its Christmas" is one the classic behind the scenes moments of all time. Of course, .1% of the world population knows what we are talking about.

January 08, 2007 7:17 PM  
Anonymous Rexwilder said...

Of course, the rehearsing is for We are the World, not Do They Know Its Christmas....but, I think .1% if probably way too high!

January 08, 2007 10:52 PM  
Anonymous Floyd said...

Beast - I just never know what I am going to get from your blog. You are sure missed.

January 09, 2007 10:20 AM  
Blogger Mike Ruffin said...

Believe it or not, Philip, I have a very clear memory associated with that song. In January 1985 I was sitting in a room on the third floor of the Boyce Library at Southern Seminary with 7 or 8 of my colleagues. We were there to take what we called "Pre-lims"; I think they call them "Comprehensive Exams" now. It was the last step in the Ph.D. program before you could write the dissertation. You took three exams over three days; they lasted four hours each. It was very cold outside and, needless to say, I was very tense (I don't remember which exam I was taking that day, but they were all hard). Anyway, as we settled in to start working, sweat on our brow and tears in our eyes, we heard the lovely voice of a young cleaning lady wafting through the air from outside our door: "Never gonna dance again, guilty feet have got no rhythm." We laughed and things got a little bit better. The Lord works in mysterious ways.

January 10, 2007 9:10 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home