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George Michael - RIP

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  1. Stamp

    Stamp Thread Starter Administrator Staff Member

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    George Michael: pop icon who caught the spirit of the 1980s

    December 26, 2016 07:12
    By Agence France-Presse


    As one half of boy band Wham! and then as a solo artist, he created some of the biggest hits of the 1980s including "Careless Whisper" and "Faith", selling over 100 million records in a career spanning nearly four decades.

    In recent years, he was rarely seen in public, hitting the headlines more often for a series of bizarre accidents, some linked to drugs, than for his music.

    But Michael -- who came out as gay in 1998 after being arrested for committing a lewd act in the public toilet of a Los Angeles park -- did not shy away from discussing his private life when he did do interviews.

    "People want to see me as tragic with all the cottaging and drug-taking... those things are not what most people aspire to and I think it removes people's envy to see your weaknesses," he told Britain's Guardian newspaper in 2009.

    "I don't even see them as weaknesses any more. It's just who I am."

    On top of the world

    Michael was born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou to a Greek Cypriot father and English mother in north London in 1963.

    He met Andrew Ridgeley at high school and the pair went on to form Wham! in 1981.

    With their good looks, perma-tans, highlighted hair and hedonistic image, the duo captured the go-getting spirit of the age and fast became one of Britain's biggest pop acts with hits like "Club Tropicana" and "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go".

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  2. Gor Blimey Guvnur!

    Gor Blimey Guvnur! What the duck ! Staff Member

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    Blimey what a year for brown bread icons.... Bowie to Michael. RIP.

    Perhaps his most iconic video that he will be remembered for.
     
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  3. SageAdvice

    SageAdvice Well-Known Member

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    I have always thought this was among his best performances:
     
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    Make It Big was one of my first cassettes i owned. that and van halen's 1984.

    i loved that album as a youngin.
     
  5. Stamp

    Stamp Thread Starter Administrator Staff Member

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    Sad coincidence.

    George Michael 25 June 1963 – 25 December 2016.


     
  6. Makaveli

    Makaveli aka 2Pac Staff Member

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    Just been reading how he used to donate lots of money anonymously all the time.
    One was of him sitting in a cafe and a there was a woman sat alone crying, the waitress said she was in debt, so he wrote a cheque out of £25,000 gave it to the waitress to give to this women when he left the cafe, which she did...
    Another one was a women on a UK game show which he was watching at home and she wanted to win money for IV treatment, she lost the game show but the next day he rang up the tv show and donated £15,000 for her to get the treatment,.....
    Nice bloke...
     
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  7. Internationalteacher

    Internationalteacher Well-Known Member

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    ^ Awww, RIP George Michael. What a gifted talent among many that died in 2016.

    This song was a great hit.

     
  8. Internationalteacher

    Internationalteacher Well-Known Member

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    A wonderful documentary about George's life.

     
  9. Makaveli

    Makaveli aka 2Pac Staff Member

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    Bit better quality one than the above:

     
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    ^Thanks and worth a watch if you are a fan. I learned a lot about George that I never knew before.
     
  11. Makaveli

    Makaveli aka 2Pac Staff Member

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    Not really a fan as per say but had an hour to kill (no pun intended) so watched it...
     
  12. Stamp

    Stamp Thread Starter Administrator Staff Member

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    Will watch it later at home. Thanks.
     
  13. Internationalteacher

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    ^You are welcome considering I posted it first ;)
     
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    Stamp Thread Starter Administrator Staff Member

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    This video is not available!
     
  15. Makaveli

    Makaveli aka 2Pac Staff Member

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    Tis in the UK...
    Use a proxi to watch it then...:)
     
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