Musical Memory Box: Skynet Is Up Edition

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Musical Memory Box: Skynet Is Up Edition

Tuesday’s Musical Memory Box solution: Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go, Wham!, Make It Big!, 1984. Stephane Dubord showed no shame in collecting the bonus points.

Alright, so I’ve made no secret of my love for George Michael in past MMB’s. Here it is, the source of it all. I was eight, and Wham! were my favourite band, but to be fair a lot of bands became my favourite band in those days; Wham!, Michael Jackson, Pet Shop Boys, the list goes on. Eventually I settled on Bon Jovi, and probably held on to them for a few years longer than I should have (but hey, I still really like “These Days”…the last album I truly enjoyed from them).

But back to Wham!. Here was a couple of guys who seemed to be having so much fun! And what more could an 8 year old ask for? I just looked at the video again, and I was filled with happiness, and I laughed at the campiness of it all. And why does the “other guy in Wham!” pretend to play guitar? It’s ok dude, we know you’re a talentless hack! We accept it!

Actually, while researching this blurb (it does happen, I swear!), I was surprised to learn that George Michael wrote all the songs for Wham!. I supposed I shouldn’t be, but it now makes me wonder what “other guy in Wham!” was doing in the band at all? Did the record company believe one Michael was enough? Further research (Woot Woot Wikipedia!) reveals that it wasn’t a record company thing at all, and that “other guy in Wham!””s role was as the band’s image specialist. So I guess we have him to thank for this. And this. With a dash of this.

Here’s what Stéphane thought of Tuesday’s selection:

“Robert Smith was too gay to be cool, but Wham on the other hand… LOL

As a young child, I always wanted to be “cool” and own records like my uncles. While cassettes began creeping into the mainstream by the time I was 8-9, my earliest purchases were vinyl. One such album was a k-tel compilation (which amazingly, I still have in my basement!), on which I discovered Wham. I then proceeded to buy the album on vinyl and play it until it was too scratched to run anymore.

Of course I wouldn’t admit to that publicly. That’s just between you and me right?”

Yes, of course. And remember, if not for Wham!, this scene wouldn’t have been quite so funny.

Here are your lyrics for today:

“Though I keep searching for an answer
I never seem to find what I’m looking for
Oh Lord, I pray you give me strength to carry on
Cos I know what it means
To walk along the lonely street of dreams”

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