Saturday 9: Wake Me Up Before You Go Go (1984)
Unfamiliar with this week’s tune? Hear it here.
1) This song was inspired by a note WHAM! partner Andrew Ridgeley left for his parents. He accidentally wrote “go” twice. What was the last handwritten note you left for someone? I left myself a note not to clock in at work one day due to the way our double overtime was handled.
3) He was a terrible driver and admitted his license was suspended a number of times. Have you ever lost your license? Nope.
4) WHAM! partner Andrew Ridgeley, on the other hand, is a talented driver who got to live his fantasy by racing Formula Three in Monaco. There are companies that sell racetrack driving experiences that allow you to spin around the track at dizzying speeds. Is this something you like to try? Maybe one day.
5) In 1990, Frank Sinatra famously gave George Michael advice. Ol’ Blue Eyes told the younger man to enjoy his fame, to remember all those lean nights traveling from gig to gig by bus and, now that he’s successful, “loosen up and swing, man.” Who last gave you advice? Did you take it? I’m not sure, but I probably didn’t take it.
6) Mr. Michael’s neighbors have reported since his passing that he seemed to live rather quietly, and that they usually saw him when he was out walking his three dogs. Tell us about the last time you spoke to one of your neighbors. There are about three of us in my building and the one next to me who all leave for work around the same time, and I run into the one kind of a lot depending on how late I am. I think the last time I saw him, which was a couple weeks ago now, he said something about the weather.
7) Fansites tell us that George Michael’s favorite cereal was cornflakes. What breakfast cereals are currently in your kitchen? Cheerios and I think some sort of healthy-ish oatmeal-square cereal my fiancé bought.
8) In 1984, when “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” was popular, Murder, She Wrote premiered on CBS. Today it’s still seen in reruns all over the world. Are you a fan? I’ve never watched it, but it does seem like the kind of show I’d enjoy.