Lion of the Blogosphere

Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go by Wham!

This is a song about a guy who loves his girlfriend more than she loves him back. And that’s all it’s about.

The late George Michael looks pretty gay in this video (not that there’s anything wrong with looking gay). The girls in the video have such nice eighties hair.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 26, 2016 at 9:02 am

Posted in Music videos

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  1. Still holding up as the best dance song ever–since 1984! RIP, George Michael.

    BTW, our local library (which hasn’t acquired a new CD in the last ten years) has a copy of Wham’s “Make It Big”, which I have taken out numerous times (apparently no one else wants to do so). While some may dismiss it as mid-80s pop fluff, there were at least four hit singles the album generated. And that overlooks the masterful sax solo on Careless Whisper. My favorite tune among them, though, is “If You Were There You’d Know”, a great cover of the Isley Brothers original.

    sestamibi

    December 26, 2016 at 11:30 am

    • “which I have taken out numerous times”

      Why don’t you just rip it to MP3 files?

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      December 26, 2016 at 11:36 am

      • Thanks for the tip, Lion, but I’m way too technologically inept to do that. On the other hand, the whole album is on youtube, so I can listen any time anyway.

        sestamibi

        December 26, 2016 at 3:44 pm

  2. But someone once told me it was about masturbation…

    GondwanaMan

    December 26, 2016 at 11:35 am

    • I think that’s disgusting, by the way.

      GondwanaMan

      December 26, 2016 at 11:36 am

      • There was also this Phil Collins song, In the Air Tonight….

        Stealth

        December 27, 2016 at 8:18 pm

      • Phil Collins songs don’t have any deep meaning.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        December 27, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    • I don’t see anything in there about masturbation. Maybe you’re confusing it with “I Touch Myself” by The Divinyls.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      December 26, 2016 at 11:37 am

      • Sometimes it’s hard to tell if there’ a hidden meaning or people just reading too much into it. I can see the potential for that in this song. Not quite sure if this song is. But the title of the album is itself an obvious double entendre.The song even starts out by saying the other person’s “loving” puts the “jitterbug into their brain”. So they’re already drawing a connection between sex. The chorus sounds very suspicious. Read the lyrics with this in mind.

        go-go=either sex or masturbation
        hanging on like a yo-yo=masturbation
        when you hit that high=climax
        going solo=masturbation
        Take me dancing tonight=sex

        destructure

        December 26, 2016 at 1:22 pm

  3. What is it about gay men that makes them want to be adored by young women? I get the drive behind straight guys, its a great way to get some you-know-what. But, aside from the money, what motivates the gays? Especially to write stuff like this? Do they really get more gay tail from being pop stars? I’d assume a guy like Michael could get all the gay tail he wants without being a star. Maybe its just the money.

    Curle

    December 26, 2016 at 11:51 am

    • A lot of people are narcissistic and want to be adored, pop stars probably more so than the average person, plus the song is just a song and not to be taken as autobiographical. Having hot women in the video makes heterosexual young men want to watch it, so it’s just a strategy for making the video more popular.

      Elton John, also gay, also wrote many songs about heterosexual romantic relationships.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      December 26, 2016 at 11:55 am

      • But didn’t his writing partner, the straight Bernie Taupin, write the lyrics?

        Herb Dregs

        December 26, 2016 at 12:05 pm

      • An unambiguously gay musical act also would’ve had a hard time being successful in the 1980’s. Past decades were a relatively unsophisticated time where most people had hilariously poor gaydar. Ask your parents; they will insist that they (or at least their parents) had no idea that Liberace (“Women loved him!”), Paul Lynde, Richard Simmons etc were gay. Even the Village People were officially supposed to be straight.

        Even if US and European audiences might’ve been able to figure out that, e.g., George Michael was gay, there’s also countries in Eastern Europe, Asia, South America and so on that are a few decades behind in both accepting and noticing gayness, so pretending to be straight helps acts become popular and avoid censorship in those countries. A lot of those places are so oblivious that George Michael-type acts often start super-gay fashion trends among heterosexual men, much to the amusement of Westerners.

        snorlax

        December 26, 2016 at 12:51 pm

      • George Michael didn’t officially come out as gay until 1998: http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/26/entertainment/george-michael-cnn-interview-1998/index.html

        snorlax

        December 26, 2016 at 1:08 pm

      • “Even the Village People were officially supposed to be straight.”

        IIRC at least a couple of the members were straight. It was just an act.

        Peter

        ironrailsironweights

        December 26, 2016 at 1:44 pm

      • I know, but even the act was all meta; in that film they did with Bruce Jenner they’re all paired with female love interests.

        snorlax

        December 26, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    • What is it about gay men that makes them want to be adored by young women?

      A lot of gays are effeminate and feel like one of the girls.

      destructure

      December 26, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    • I think your last sentence says it all.

      Stealth

      December 27, 2016 at 8:19 pm

  4. Looks pretty gay? My memory may be failing me, but I don’t even remember gay men with earrings and those half gloves in ’84, and I’ve been in SF my whole life. Seems to me that look is an attempt to capitalize on the Flashdance craze from the year before. Incidentally, at Christmas I saw a distant relative for the first time since he came out. Turns out he’s a performance artist, specifically fire-eating/juggling. Very masculine.

    Cole Haight

    December 26, 2016 at 12:23 pm

  5. In actual fact I would say the gayest line in the song is ‘you make the sun shine brighter than Doris Day’. That’s just not the kind of frame of reference that straight men use.

    I don’t agree that this video is meant to seem gay or that people saw it that way then. Well, I can’t speak for America, but not in Britain anyway. It seems gay now because we are more used to gay culture, but back then I think it would have just been seen as exubarant, primary-colours, brash trendy popiness. I read an article by a British journalist recently who grew up in the North of England in the 80’s and who said that he and his friends were all pretty naive, being gay wasn’t really a Thing, and that they had even thought Boy George was straight, albeit a bit weird. I was primary school aged at that time, and that was certainly my experience. I think if you were a knowing young gay clubber from London then you would probably have figured out he was gay. But not the rest of us. It just shows how much gayer society has become in the meantime that we all pick up those subtleties now.

    prolier than thou

    December 26, 2016 at 3:39 pm

  6. The late George Michael looks pretty gay in this video…

    You have a penchant for understatement.

    Stealth

    December 27, 2016 at 8:16 pm


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