George Michael R.I.P.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-38432862

Cosmic Slop, Sunday, 25 December 2016 22:59 (two years ago) link

:(

RIP

Karl Malone, Sunday, 25 December 2016 23:01 (two years ago) link

Whoa, is this real?

Rod Steel (musicfanatic), Sunday, 25 December 2016 23:05 (two years ago) link

oh man

NickB, Sunday, 25 December 2016 23:05 (two years ago) link

RIP. Only 53, goddamn.

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Sunday, 25 December 2016 23:05 (two years ago) link

i refuse

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Sunday, 25 December 2016 23:05 (two years ago) link

yes, it's true. His publicist announced it.

Cosmic Slop, Sunday, 25 December 2016 23:06 (two years ago) link

2016 had to get more fuck-you in before the close. RIP. Been a fan as long as I can remember.

Rod Steel (musicfanatic), Sunday, 25 December 2016 23:08 (two years ago) link

last christmas....

loudmouth darraghmac ween (darraghmac), Sunday, 25 December 2016 23:13 (two years ago) link

RIP :(

Working night & day, I tried to stay awake... (Turrican), Sunday, 25 December 2016 23:15 (two years ago) link

one of the best to have done it. i am heartbroken

maura, Sunday, 25 December 2016 23:16 (two years ago) link

RIP

U2 (Drugs A. Money), Sunday, 25 December 2016 23:19 (two years ago) link

this really fucking hurts and i don't care who knows it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTCJIrHiue4

sorry Maura, i know how much you loved him.

piscesx, Sunday, 25 December 2016 23:20 (two years ago) link

Hey 2016 👋🏼

dance cum rituals (Moka), Sunday, 25 December 2016 23:25 (two years ago) link

mrs. joan just told me and I have to say this smarts harder than people whose music meant more to me, for some reason. there is a tragedy for me in how incredible his talent was -- fresh out of the gate, he had more hits than most people would even dare to pray for, every one of them a dense tapestry of impulses & influences; and he was underrated from early on, too. but it seemed like he was making "comebacks" from a very early age -- not a good sign. still, the list of his greatest numbers is a greatest hits that can stand next to absolutely anybody's -- even if you take out the first album stuff you get:

Careless Whisper
Freedom
Everything She Want
I'm Your Man
The Edge of Heaven
A Different Corner
I Want Your Sex
Faith
and the massively, tragically underrated "Amazing," as good a single as was released in the 2000s imo.

And 53 is so young. He started young -- "Careless Whisper" is said to have been written by a 16-year-old G.M., isn't it? -- but God. This is a hard loss, he gave much to my youth. Driving around at age 17 blasting "Freedom" in an Isuzu I-Mark, dazzled by its totality. Hope he understood how much his music meant to so many, even if he "peaked early," to use a terrible phase.

though she denies it to the press, (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Sunday, 25 December 2016 23:30 (two years ago) link

and "Father Figure," jeez, what a single

though she denies it to the press, (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Sunday, 25 December 2016 23:31 (two years ago) link

25 December 2016

Police say there were no suspicious circumstances.

no words for how incredibly sad this is

Autumn Almanac, Sunday, 25 December 2016 23:32 (two years ago) link

I felt there was gonna be one more suckerpunch before the year was out

An Alan Bennett Joint (Michael B), Sunday, 25 December 2016 23:32 (two years ago) link

RIP

JCLC and others, I'd really like to hear a youtube/etc playlist of those and other of his hits, just because I've never really processed his music. As another Londoner of Greek extraction I feel like I ought to have paid him more attention. Anything, I'd be really grateful.

illbient microtonal poetry Surbiton (imago), Sunday, 25 December 2016 23:38 (two years ago) link

Ismael's recent ILX poll lead to a rediscovery of just about everything he ever did. i'm so glad we all did that here so recently.

this is killer
https://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2009/jun/02/george-michael-faith

piscesx, Sunday, 25 December 2016 23:42 (two years ago) link

Long 2004 profile:
http://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/article/george-michael-interview

who even are those other cats (Eazy), Sunday, 25 December 2016 23:43 (two years ago) link

There was always Christmas time
When Jesus came to stay
I could believe in peace on Earth
And I could watch TV all day
And so I dreamed of Christmas
Yes I dreamed like you

RIP George

Jeff W, Sunday, 25 December 2016 23:43 (two years ago) link

Imago, read the poll thread, so much love on it for him: Hot damn! Everybody let's play the GEORGE MICHAEL TRACKS POLL results thread

Dan Worsley, Sunday, 25 December 2016 23:44 (two years ago) link

fastlove
outside

some fucking great songs

NickB, Sunday, 25 December 2016 23:45 (two years ago) link

cheers Dan

illbient microtonal poetry Surbiton (imago), Sunday, 25 December 2016 23:45 (two years ago) link

the poll was such a good experience and really gives a v complete idea of his music

cried reading joan's post idk what to do with myself

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Sunday, 25 December 2016 23:52 (two years ago) link

Prince and George Michael in the same year, what a horrible year for pop music this has been. And 53 is way too young! I guess there's some cruel irony that the writer/singer of the best known Christmas song of the last 40 years would die on Christmas. I was just listening to it a couple of hours ago and admiring what a perfectly crafted, wisttul pop tune it is, but it'll be hard to listen to it again for a long time.

Tuomas, Sunday, 25 December 2016 23:53 (two years ago) link

it's ridiculous and unfair that Michael Jackson, George Michael, Whitney Houston, and Prince are all dead.

nomar, Sunday, 25 December 2016 23:56 (two years ago) link

Fucking hell.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 25 December 2016 23:57 (two years ago) link

Precious Box, y'all. All of Patience.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 25 December 2016 23:57 (two years ago) link

could prob spend the rest of my life thinking about the way he sings "amazing"

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Monday, 26 December 2016 00:01 (two years ago) link

First, David Bowie and then Prince and now George Michael. 2016 cannot end soon enough.
RIP

Bee OK, Monday, 26 December 2016 00:03 (two years ago) link

RIP

¶ (DJP), Monday, 26 December 2016 00:04 (two years ago) link

Just gobsmacked. Damn.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 26 December 2016 00:04 (two years ago) link

Guys I'm so sad

horseshoe, Monday, 26 December 2016 00:07 (two years ago) link

I was just thinking the other week about how remarkable (especially in retrospect) "Father Figure" is as a combination of the music, the arrangement, the lyrics.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 26 December 2016 00:08 (two years ago) link

Last christmas indeed.

dance cum rituals (Moka), Monday, 26 December 2016 00:13 (two years ago) link

I hadn't given his music any thought in years, but the - I think genuinely felt - tribute in the movie Keanu reminded me that, yeah, the guy had a bunch of great songs.

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Monday, 26 December 2016 00:29 (two years ago) link

And one of the prettiest voices

horseshoe, Monday, 26 December 2016 00:30 (two years ago) link

incredibly sad. wrote so many fantastic songs - produced a ton of them himself and played most instruments on a lot of his biggest hits.

co-sign on Amazing. i heard that properly for the first time after meeting my current amazing partner a few years after coming out of an awfully painful breakup - and it captured that feeling of how incredible a connection to a new person can be so well.

will miss the hell out of him - and he always seemed mega genuine. not to mention releasing Outside so soon after the horrendous UK police and press had tried its hardest to wreck his life was such a fucking ballsy move. what a dude.

jamiesummerz, Monday, 26 December 2016 00:34 (two years ago) link

and though it wasn't an incredible track, Shoot The Dog was ballsy as hell too.

jamiesummerz, Monday, 26 December 2016 00:35 (two years ago) link

Wow. Unlike Bowie or even Prince, George Michael was ours, my generation's prodigy. His casual mastery of pop form was daunting -- just two days ago Javier Gomez and I were in awe of his 1984-1985 dominance, as we listened to "Last Christmas," the only Xmas standard of the last 40 years after Mariah Carey's.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 26 December 2016 00:39 (two years ago) link

Sorry -- the aforementioned is a friend. I'm drunk.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 26 December 2016 00:40 (two years ago) link

Any cause of death confirmed?

dance cum rituals (Moka), Monday, 26 December 2016 00:45 (two years ago) link

Careless Whisper, the world's smoothest song.

skip, Monday, 26 December 2016 00:46 (two years ago) link

Any cause of death confirmed?

"no suspicious circumstances" usually means suicide

Autumn Almanac, Monday, 26 December 2016 00:54 (two years ago) link

or a long illness

maura, Monday, 26 December 2016 00:57 (two years ago) link

anyway this quote from 1988 sums up a lot

"If you listen to a Supremes record or a Beatles record, which were made in the days when pop was accepted as an art of sorts, how can you not realize that the elation of a good pop record is an art form? Somewhere along the way, pop lost all its respect. And I think I kind of stubbornly stick up for all of that."

maura, Monday, 26 December 2016 00:57 (two years ago) link

Hadn't been in and out of the hospital over the last couple years?

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Monday, 26 December 2016 01:06 (two years ago) link

no suspicious circumstances in UK police speak is probably actually more like "we can't see an obvious cause of death but nothing suggests murder/foul play". if there is no obvious cause they cannot give an absolute public answer on anything until an autopsy legally makes it clear. due to recent quietness i expect its just more of his recent ill health problems.

jamiesummerz, Monday, 26 December 2016 01:10 (two years ago) link

From a giggly teen viewpoint, “guilty feet” was a hilariously maladroit personification, too fleshy and too cerebral all at once. But now, as an image of a humiliated and stricken queer body, of a person too ashamed to dance in a culture of dance clubs, it doesn’t seem silly at all.

who even are those other cats (Eazy), Wednesday, 28 December 2016 05:17 (two years ago) link

I like Carl but that obit is like the annoying guy at a Q&A who makes a rambling statement instead of a question

And the feet line is great whichever way you read it

Chuck_Tatum, Wednesday, 28 December 2016 08:46 (two years ago) link

I’ve also come to love that he was born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou in North London, emerging from an old-fashioned kind of immigrant background and name change for a pop singer, rather like a second closet. It explains both his long-term, for-all-ages vocal approach and why he was never a punk rocker. Subsequently, that’s why, given the era, he had so little cool cred. He was suburban, not abjectly working class, yet his parents didn’t even let him buy pop records. (He was hearing mainly Tom Jones and Henry Mancini at home but Queen and Elton John on the radio.) So his threshold for rebellion was much lower than for many of his London peers. Pop would do. Plus, the punk kids weren’t the beautiful people, and—at least after he met his more stylish adolescent bandmate—he wanted to be one of those

This is so snobby and wrong

Chuck_Tatum, Wednesday, 28 December 2016 08:52 (two years ago) link

Whatever, I know for a fact the cool kids of his generation (your clubbing-with-Leigh-Bowery types) utterly adored him and saw him as a peer.

jane burkini (suzy), Wednesday, 28 December 2016 09:26 (two years ago) link

Considering he literally wrote the book on it, he still has cloth ears for pop and pop audiences (especially female ones)

Chuck_Tatum, Wednesday, 28 December 2016 13:05 (two years ago) link

Well, he's honest -- he admits he's not a pop guy.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 28 December 2016 13:15 (two years ago) link

It explains both his long-term, for-all-ages vocal approach and why he was never a punk rocker.

Too young to be a punk rocker ffs

Eats like Elvis, shits like De Niro (Tom D.), Wednesday, 28 December 2016 13:30 (two years ago) link

Unless he means listening to Discharge and Crass and hanging about the town centre with 2 litre plastic bottles of cider.

Eats like Elvis, shits like De Niro (Tom D.), Wednesday, 28 December 2016 13:32 (two years ago) link

check out the iTunes top 100 videos right now

http://www.apple.com/uk/itunes/charts/music-videos/

piscesx, Wednesday, 28 December 2016 13:55 (two years ago) link

:)

Chuck_Tatum, Wednesday, 28 December 2016 13:57 (two years ago) link

Interesting to compare against the US list: http://www.apple.com/itunes/charts/music-videos/

Chuck_Tatum, Wednesday, 28 December 2016 14:00 (two years ago) link

xxp he shunned punk rock in favour of forming a two-tone inspired ska outfit called "The Executive"

http://george.michael.szm.com/Special/Tribute/Texecut.html

http://george.michael.szm.com/Special/Tribute/Texecut.html

soref, Wednesday, 28 December 2016 14:07 (two years ago) link

Why is Careless Whisper twice on both lists? SD and HD versions of the video? If you combined the sales on both versions, would it top the list?

Tuomas, Wednesday, 28 December 2016 14:19 (two years ago) link

Maybe it's just the musical arrangements but 'Cowboys & Angels' gives me such a Bacharach vibe.

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 28 December 2016 16:33 (two years ago) link

it's always this way with iTunes for some reason. versions of songs that may have slightly different edits/lengths on different albums and compilations get counted separately. sometimes it's just the difference between an album mix and a single mix (as with Wham!'s Freedom which has 2 different mixes) but also often it's the exact same track just classed as a different song because the edit is a few seconds longer or whatever. with videos I guess it's a smilar thing; slight variations between compiled versions. there are 2 different DVD/video compilations (Ladies And Gentlemen and Twenty Five) too, which have similar track lists but perhaps slightly different lengths on some songs. it's confusing man.

piscesx, Wednesday, 28 December 2016 17:06 (two years ago) link

I’ve also come to love that he was born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou in North London, emerging from an old-fashioned kind of immigrant background and name change for a pop singer, rather like a second closet. It explains both his long-term, for-all-ages vocal approach and why he was never a punk rocker. Subsequently, that’s why, given the era, he had so little cool cred. He was suburban, not abjectly working class, yet his parents didn’t even let him buy pop records. (He was hearing mainly Tom Jones and Henry Mancini at home but Queen and Elton John on the radio.) So his threshold for rebellion was much lower than for many of his London peers. Pop would do. Plus, the punk kids weren’t the beautiful people, and—at least after he met his more stylish adolescent bandmate—he wanted to be one of those.

this feels right to me. and not snobby.

george was also just not rock-press cool cos he was working from more of a pop and soul set of influences. also, too smooth for rockists. i tuned out mostly from his music after the late 90s, but was a massive fan in the 80s. i also grew up in the burbs, son of immigrants, etc, though ofc, never knew that part of his background. he def became a bit more of a classicist (or at least thought of pop in historical terms more and more as he got older, which that quote in the slate piece hints at) IIRC and i think this maybe undid him. i should go back and relisten to his albums though. i hadnt really thought about him in a very long time.

StillAdvance, Thursday, 29 December 2016 10:10 (two years ago) link

at the peak of his charm and warmth:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zo4JAfGVDNE

Also, he looks great

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 29 December 2016 14:05 (two years ago) link

the title track to "Older", which I just heard for the first time, is delightfully moody.

Neanderthal, Thursday, 29 December 2016 14:45 (two years ago) link

I watched the movie Keanu a few days before he died which was sort of a weird coincidence, it was as far as I remember the only time I'd heard a sincere-sounding tribute to George Michael. Listening to Faith now and yeah, this is like a good Prince album. Now I regret sleeping on the guy.

frogbs, Thursday, 29 December 2016 15:21 (two years ago) link

Now I regret sleeping on the guy.

sounds like a missed opportunity

Neanderthal, Thursday, 29 December 2016 15:22 (two years ago) link

xxp he shunned punk rock in favour of forming a two-tone inspired ska outfit called "The Executive"

http://george.michael.szm.com/Special/Tribute/Texecut.html

http://george.michael.szm.com/Special/Tribute/Texecut.html

― soref, Wednesday, December 28, 2016 9:07 AM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Small snippet here:

https://youtu.be/qCzjjLTTJS8?t=9m7s

how's life, Thursday, 29 December 2016 15:23 (two years ago) link

I always did love the lyric "Sex is natural, sex is good, not everybody does it, but everybody should"

frogbs, Thursday, 29 December 2016 15:24 (two years ago) link

i dont know if he ever spoke much about prince (or vice versa) but sleep around (from prince's emancipation) has always seemed like prince paying tribute to GM (or just liking something like fast love and being inspired by it).

StillAdvance, Thursday, 29 December 2016 15:26 (two years ago) link

Fastlove is an incredible, incredible song.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 29 December 2016 18:40 (two years ago) link

So much vulnerability in something so hedonistic. So much honesty.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 29 December 2016 18:40 (two years ago) link

IN THE ABSENCE OF SECURITY

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 29 December 2016 19:23 (two years ago) link

Friday night on BBC4 in the Uk

http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2016-12-29/bbc-to-show-night-of-programmes-dedicated-to-george-michael#amph=1

piscesx, Thursday, 29 December 2016 19:30 (two years ago) link

I was listening to 'Fastlove' earlier and I'd love to know what the writing process for the track was like... I love how the track slides effortlessly from the main part of the song into the "outro" section, with the 'Forget Me Nots' sample... it's so seamless and the sample is integrated into the track superbly well. The "ooh ooh hey baby" and "gotta get up to get down" hooks fit as snugly alongside that sample and they do in the main body of the song. It's a far better use of the sample than that Will Smith track, too.

Working night & day, I tried to stay awake... (Turrican), Thursday, 29 December 2016 20:33 (two years ago) link

always just assumed that whoever produced the Will Smith song heard Fastlove and thought 'we'll have that as well'

PaulTMA, Saturday, 31 December 2016 14:35 (two years ago) link

"In the absence of security" always makes me picture him dismissing his three Russian bodyguards for the night before walking over to the boardwalk.

who even are those other cats (Eazy), Saturday, 31 December 2016 16:05 (two years ago) link

You're welcome!

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 2 January 2017 23:51 (two years ago) link

two months pass...

A British coroner says George Michael died of natural causes as the result of heart disease and a fatty liver. Darren Salter, senior coroner for Oxfordshire, says a post-mortem has found that the singer died of "dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver."

Dilated cardiomyopathy is a condition in which the heart's ability to pump blood is limited, while myocarditis is inflammation of the heart muscle.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 7 March 2017 16:15 (two years ago) link

Guy at work* today, who grew up in the same area, says he knows one of George Michael's cousins and that, according to the cousin, he'd put on an enormous amount of weight in the last year or so.

(*almost but not quite 'man in pub', I admit)

Return of the Flustered Bootle Native (Tom D.), Tuesday, 7 March 2017 18:21 (two years ago) link

seven months pass...

In which six of us commemorate the 30th anniversary of Faith.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 28 October 2017 20:56 (two years ago) link

this thread title is still such a heartsinker

estela, Sunday, 29 October 2017 06:57 (two years ago) link

yeah

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 29 October 2017 10:14 (two years ago) link

yes

maura, Sunday, 29 October 2017 13:32 (two years ago) link

I spent late yesterday afternoon watching a bunch of clips and was in the hole again.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 29 October 2017 13:40 (two years ago) link

I said this on the Listen Without Prejudice thread, but I really wish he'd put out more music. I loved (still love) his voice, but he deserved more respect as a songwriter.

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Sunday, 29 October 2017 18:48 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

Still hurts. Am drunk, and about to watch the Ladies And Gentlmen DVD all the way through til collapse.

piscesx, Tuesday, 26 December 2017 22:13 (one year ago) link

this is still the worst

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Tuesday, 26 December 2017 23:01 (one year ago) link

otm ;_;

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 26 December 2017 23:38 (one year ago) link

yes :(

maura, Wednesday, 27 December 2017 04:20 (one year ago) link

One of my Xmas presents (thanks, sis!) was the LWP deluxe package. I spent last night watching The South Bank Show episode from 1990 included. Man, did he look hot in that period, at the peak of his musicianship.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 27 December 2017 04:34 (one year ago) link

eleven months pass...

you need to correct "Uet" in your subheading. This has made me want to listen to LWP again right now, so thanks!

brokenshire (jed_), Monday, 17 December 2018 03:22 (eleven months ago) link

Lovely top 5, Alfred. I haven’t gotten over his passing either.

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 17 December 2018 05:13 (eleven months ago) link

My friend shared a very cute story today about her 3 year old.

“Important- G. asks us to play the “Save me some tears” song Friday night. We are perplexed. Saturday, we’re driving and Wham’s Last Christmas comes on. “Here it is Mom. My favorite song!” and proceeds to sing 80% correct lyrics at full volume. Also, telling me it’s her turn to sing-“not you Mom.”

Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Monday, 17 December 2018 11:27 (eleven months ago) link

ten months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1kWLPGUKcs

just another country (snoball), Wednesday, 6 November 2019 18:59 (two weeks ago) link


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