Tuesday Open Thread | George Michael Week


Father Figure

Solo career
The beginning of his solo career, during early 1987, was a duet with Aretha Franklin. “I Knew You Were Waiting” was a one-off project that helped Michael achieve an ambition by singing with one of his favourite artists, and it scored number one on both the UK Singles Chart and the US Billboard Hot 100 upon its release.

George Michael performing on stage during the Faith World Tour in 1988
For Michael, it became his third consecutive solo number one in the UK from three releases, after 1984’s “Careless Whisper” (though the single was actually from the Wham! album Make It Big) and 1986’s “A Different Corner”. The single was also the first Michael had recorded as a solo artist which he had not written himself. The co-writer, Simon Climie, was unknown at the time, although he would have success as a performer with the band Climie Fisher in 1988. Michael and Aretha Franklin won a Grammy Award in 1988 for Best R&B Performance – Duo or Group with Vocal for the song.
1987–1989: Faith[edit]
Main article: Faith (George Michael album)
During the autumn of 1987, Michael released his first solo album, Faith. In addition to playing a large number of instruments on the album, he wrote and produced every track on the recording, except for one, which he co-wrote.[32]

The first single released from the album was “I Want Your Sex”, during the summer of 1987. The song was banned by many radio stations in the UK and US, due to its sexually suggestive lyrics.[33] MTV would broadcast the video, featuring celebrity make-up artist Kathy Jeung in a basque and suspenders, only during the late night hours.[33] Michael argued that the act was beautiful if the sex was monogamous. Michael even recorded a brief prologue for the video in which he said: “This song is not about casual sex.”[34] One of the racier scenes involved Michael writing the words “explore monogamy” on his partner’s back in lipstick.[35] Some radio stations played a toned-down version of the song, “I Want Your Love,” which was mainly the word “love” replacing “sex.”[36]

When “I Want Your Sex” reached the US charts, American Top 40 host Casey Kasem refused to say the song’s title, referring to it only as “the new single by George Michael.”[36] In the US, the song was also sometimes listed as “I Want Your Sex (from Beverly Hills Cop II)”, since the song was featured on the soundtrack of the movie.[37] Despite censorship and radio play problems, “I Want Your Sex” reached No. 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and No. 3 in the UK.[22][38]

The second single, “Faith”, was released during October 1987, just a few weeks before the album. “Faith” would become one of his most popular songs. The song hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US and maintained that position for four consecutive weeks.[23] It also reached No. 2 in the UK Singles Chart.[22] The famous video provided some definitive images of the 1980s music industry in the process—Michael in shades, leather jacket, cowboy boots, and Levi’s jeans, playing a guitar near a classic-design jukebox.


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29 Responses to Tuesday Open Thread | George Michael Week

  1. check your email, ladies.

  2. rikyrah says:

    DALAYYYY @TheToast2015

    See what happens is people start trying it with little slick remarks, disguised as “jokes”. When they don’t get checked, they go further.

    DALAYYYY @TheToast2015

    So Andy/BRAVO would have the black housewives on there & would make little slick remarks about Porsha/Kenya/Phaedra to their faces

    DALAYYYY @TheToast2015

    And they would giggle it off, because they couldn’t very well check him on live TV; he cuts their paychecks.

    DALAYYYY @TheToast2015

    So now Andy done got bold & called this little black girl out for being a jackhole b/c she didn’t appreciate Kylie’s cornrows.

    DALAYYYY @TheToast2015

    And why wasn’t Paula Deen’s/Paula Deen’s media team the Jackhole of the Week for their Desi Arnaz brownface tweet?

    DALAYYYY @TheToast2015

    But again, Andy Cohen has beady, untrustworthy eyes & only is comfy when blacks are cooning, being sassy or prancing around.

  3. rikyrah says:

    now this is just funny. What Governor doesn’t understand how to use a veto pen?


    Maine Attorney General Agrees That Gov. LePage Massively Botched Vetos

    ByTierney Sneed
    PublishedJuly 14, 2015, 2:35 PM EDT

    Republican Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s efforts to stop a batch of bills he intended to veto from becoming law were dealt another blow late last week when Maine Attorney General Janet Mills (D) released a letter siding with Democratic lawmakers who say the governor missed his deadline to veto the legislation.


  4. rikyrah says:

    Paul Krugman on Donald Trump:

    Paul Krugman Puts Trump On Blast: He’s A ‘Loudmouth Racist’ (VIDEO)
    ByCatherine Thompson
    PublishedJuly 14, 2015, 8:53 AM EDT

    New York Times columnist Paul Krugman was blunt Monday when he speculated that real estate mogul Donald Trump was polling so well within the GOP presidential field because he’s a “loudmouth racist.”

    “He’s a belligerent, loudmouth racist with not an ounce of compassion for less fortunate people,” Krugman said in an interview with Bloomberg TV’s Joe Weisenthal. “In other words, he’s exactly the kind of person the Republican base consists of and identifies with.”


  5. rikyrah says:

    I was going around youtube. You find the strangest stuff. Here is a review of the Batman vs. Superman trailer. Yes, dude did a 20+ minute review of cell-by-cell of the 3 minute trailer. It’s hilarious.


  6. rikyrah says:

    Walker dismisses minimum wage as ‘lame’
    07/14/15 10:57 AM
    By Steve Benen
    Just a few weeks before his re-election bid, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) was asked whether minimum-wage laws should even exist. The Republican governor replied, “Well, I’m not going to repeal it but I don’t think it’s, I don’t think it serves a purpose.”

    Seven months later, shortly after kicking off his GOP presidential campaign, Walker went just a little further. The Washington Post reported:
    Scott Walker appeared to take aim at the national minimum wage on Monday evening, referring to it as one of many “lame ideas” pushed by Democrats.

    Walker’s comment came in a lengthy interview with Fox News’s Sean Hannity immediately following a speech formally announcing his entrance into the 2016 presidential race. Walker said the next president needs to speak the language of the industrial Midwest and connect with the working class.
    According to the video, eagerly disseminated by Democratic officials, Walker told the Fox News host, “The left claims that they’re for American workers and they’ve just got just really lame ideas – things like the minimum wage.”

    In context, there was nothing to suggest the governor was talking about his opposition to a minimum-wage increase, so much as the existence of the minimum wage itself. To hear Walker tell it, the law is a “lame” benefit for American workers.

    It’s a pretty provocative move for a national candidate – increasing the minimum wage is one of the more popular ideas in the country right now, enjoying broad support for a wide range of voters. Just a month ago, a CBS News poll found 71% of Americans want to see the minimum wage go from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour – and that included a majority of self-identified Republican voters.

    The Wisconsin governor, meanwhile, appears to support lowering the minimum wage to $0.

    What’s just as interesting is how common this position has become in GOP circles. For decades, the debate was largely limited to those who wanted to raise the minimum wage and those who wanted to leave it unchanged. There were a few folks on the margins opposed to the law itself, but this was a fringe position that few took seriously.


  7. TyrenM says:

    Good Morning 3Chics,
    I’m all in for George Michael Week. Iran, Pluto and NAACP…all in a dayz werk!

  8. rikyrah says:

    oh yeah, and NASA is as close to Pluto as has ever been achieved.


  9. rikyrah says:

    MEDIA ALERT!! President Obama will speak at the NAACP Convention today at 3:05pm EST!

  10. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone. :-)

  11. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

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