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Encyclopedia > Wake Me Up Before You Go Go

"Wake Me Up Before You Go Go" was a song by British pop duo Wham! which was released in 1984 and became their first UK number-one hit. It was written and produced by George Michael, one half of the duo. Andrew Ridgely (top) and George Michael on the cover of their second album Wham! was a British pop duo formed in 1981 by George Michael and Andrew Ridgely. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... George Michael (born June 25, 1963) is a British pop singer/songwriter who has sold an estimated 80 million records. ...


Michael was inspired for the song title by a scribbled note left for him by his Wham! partner Andrew Ridgeley at a hotel. Released in May 1984, it heralded the beginning of a softer, sunnier image for Wham!, who had spent the previous year as a moodier, more politically-themed duo, with songs about unemployment, young marriage and battles of will between parents and their children. With the release of "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go", they re-emerged with wider smiles, more colourful clothing and a more positive disposition in interviews. Andrew Ridgeley (born January 26, 1963 in Bushey, Hertfordshire, England) was a British pop singer and guitarist who formed the one half of the pop duo Wham! with his childhood friend George Michael, whom he met when they both attended Bushey Meads school. ... An 1837 political cartoon about unemployment in the United States. ... A marriage is a committed relationship between or among individuals, recognized by civil authority and/or bound by the religious beliefs of the participants. ...


The song entered the UK singles chart at number four - after much hype from the duo claiming they would go straight in at number one, which was a rare occurrence then - and climbed to the top seven days later, staying there for three weeks. The video - essentially the duo performing (it also introduced Ridgeley as a guitar player for the band) to a teenage audience - was memorable for the clothes, which became a lasting sartorial image for the decade. Michael and Ridgeley, plus backing singers Pepsi and Shirlie, were wearing Katharine Hamnett T-shirt designs which said "CHOOSE LIFE" (originally a slogan targeted at drug abuse and suicide) and "GO GO", which became much sought-after fashion items of the year, along with her similarly stark garments as part of the Frankie Goes To Hollywood phenomenon which said "RELAX" and "FRANKIE SAY...", among others. Michael was also seen in luminous gloves, which he later bemoaned as the clip of him always picked out by advertisers whenever "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go" went on to a compilation album. The UK Singles Chart is currently compiled by The Official UK Charts Company (OCC) on behalf of the British record industry. ... A week is a unit of time longer than a day and shorter than a month. ... The acoustic archtop guitar, used in Jazz music, features steel strings. ... Pepsi & Shirlie were a British pop duo who released two albums, All Right Now, in 1987 and Changes in 1991. ... T-shirt similar to one by Katharine Hamnett, with FRANKIE SAY RELAX slogan. ... T-Shirt A T-shirt (or tee shirt) is a shirt with short or long sleeves, a round neck, put on over the head, without pockets. ... Drug abuse has a wide range of definitions, all of them relating to the use, misuse or overuse of a psychoactive drug or performance enhancing drug for a non-therapeutic or non-medical effect. ... Suicide (from Latin sui caedere, to kill oneself) is the act of willfully ending ones own life. ... Frankie Goes to Hollywoods biggest selling single, Relax. Frankie Goes To Hollywood (FGTH) was one of the most controversial and commercially successful UK pop acts of the early 1980s. ... A glove (Middle English from Old English glof) is a type of garment which covers the hand. ...


The song also went to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in the USA and Michael followed it up with a solo single, "Careless Whisper" and another Wham! hit, "Freedom", both of which were also UK number-one hits. The album, Make It Big, was an unqualified success. The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... Careless Whisper is a song which was a worldwide number-one hit for George Michael in 1984 on Epic Records. ... Freedom was a song by British pop duo Wham! in 1984, becoming the groups second UK #1 hit. ...


Wham! split at the height of their fame in 1986. 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 2004, Japanese actor Yuji Oda made a cover of the song (WAKE ME UP GO! GO!) as a companion to his cover of Last Christmas, both songs being the main soundtrack of the Japanese television drama he was starring in, Last Christmas. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Yūji Oda (織田裕二 Oda Yūji) is a Japanese actor and singer. ... Last Christmas was a song by British pop duo Wham!, released on Epic records in 1984, on a double A-side with Everything She Wants. ... For further information on Japanese Audio / Radio Dramas please see: Japanese Radio / Audio Drama To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


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Wham! Lyrics, Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go Lyrics >> (257 words)
I was dreaming, but I should have been with you instead.
We'll go dancing, everything will be all right
Wake me up before you go-go, don't you dare to leave me hanging on like a
Wake Me Up Before You Go Go - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (403 words)
The song entered the UK singles chart at number four - after much hype from the duo claiming they would go straight in at number one, which was a rare occurrence then - and climbed to the top seven days later, staying there for three weeks.
The video - essentially the duo performing (it also introduced Ridgeley as a guitar player for the band) to a teenage audience - was memorable for the clothes, which became a lasting sartorial image for the decade.
Michael was also seen in luminous gloves, which he later bemoaned as the clip of him always picked out by advertisers whenever "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go" went on to a compilation album.
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