Remember The Time: Something Lush From Wham!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

As I continue my George Michael kick, I decided to reach further back into the man's musical catalog...and behold the treasure that was found. Sometimes we tend to forget that before George Michael was a crooning soul man, he got his feet wet in the 80's pop juggernaut, Wham!

To me, Wham! is an endearing band. They wore day-glo shorts, sung chipper pop songs and were hella cheesy (at times), but I kind of liked that they didn't try to take themselves too seriously. They always looked like they had fun and that attitude was infectious enough for me to clap my hands, swivel my hips and sing at a ridiculous high volumes. Amid all the bounce, Wham! had some lush slow jams in the mix, and "Blue (Armed For Love)" is one of those such grooves. Its actually a B-side that got some recognition when the band released their final albums (The Final and Music From The Edge of Heaven, respectively) in 1986 and its one of my favorite cuts from the group. This clip is from when the boys performed in China for the first time and its really rich. Lots to marvel at here, especially George's hair which is just...magnificent. Just kind of ignore Andrew Ridgeley's horrific plaid outfit and mellow out to George's divine vocal display on this.

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