Six whispers by George Michael

The story of '' Careless whisper'' and other thoughts
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Characters team Dec 26. 2016
by Characters team

The story behind "Careless Whisper" is quite simple.

"When I was twelve, thirteen, I used to have to chaperone my sister, who was two years older, to an ice rink at Queensway in London. There was a girl there with long blond hair whose name was Jane. I was a fat boy in glasses and I had a big crush on her -though I didn't stand a chance. My sister used to go and do what she wanted when we got to the skating rink and I would spend the afternoon swooning over this girl Jane.

A few years later, when I was sixteen, I had my first relationship with a girl called Helen. It had just started to cool off a bit when I discovered that the blonde girl from Queeensway had moved in just around the corner from my school. She had moved in right next to where I used to stand and wait for my next-door neighbour, who used to give me a lift home from school. And one day I saw her walk down the path next to me and I thought - now where did SHE come from? She didn't know it was me. It was a few years later and I looked a lot different.

Then we played a school disco with The Executive and she saw me singing and decided she fancied me. By this time she was that much older and a big buxom thing - and eventually I started seeing her. She invited me in one day when I was waiting for my lift and I was...in heaven.

I couldn't believe that all my dreams were coming true. I didn't wear glasses anymore. I got invited to parties. And the girl who didn't even see me when I was twelve invited me in. So I went out with her for a couple of months but I didn't stop seeing Helen. I thought I was being smart - I had gone from being a total loser to being a two-timer. And I remember my sisters used to give me a hard time because they found out and they really liked the first girl. The whole idea of "Careless Whisper" was the first girl finding out about the second - which she never did. But I started another relationship with a girl called Alexis without finishing the one with Jane. It all got a bit complicated. Jane found out about her and got rid of me...

The whole time I thought I was being cool, being this two-timer, but there really wasn't that much emotion involved. I did feel guilty about the first girl - and I have seen her since - and the idea of the song was about her. "Careless Whisper" was us dancing, because we danced a lot, and the idea was - we are dancing...but she knows...and it's finished...''
 
Source: '' Bare: George Michael, His Own Story''   Paperback – Import, 1991
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''Yog--which is what my closest friends and family call me--comes from Andrew. He was atmy house and heard my sisters or mother calling me Georgios- Yorgos -which they would shorten to just Yorg. And so Andrew went back to school and said, ho-ho-ho, it's really funny round at his house, they all call him Yog. Yog - ho-ho - it's like Yoghurt, innit? So I used to get called Yoghurt a lot too. A lot of my teachers used to call me George-gee-os, which is a dumb English way to pronounce Georgios, and that really annoyed me. But most of my friends, because of Andrew, ended up just calling me Yog'''.

Source:  ''Bare: George Michael, His Own Story''   Paperback – Import, 1991
Photograph: Dave Hogan Hulton Archive Getty Images
 
 
 

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“The thing is, as an artist I still feel very grateful and privileged to be part of people’s lives. That’s really what I always dreamed of.”
 
Source:  http://www.hamhigh.co.uk
Photograph:  http://www.georgemichael.com

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“I remember when I was about nine-years-old I stole things, and when I got caught I got a really bad hiding, but I was also humiliated. To me it was something bad. And through those years when I normally would have stolen had I not been caught, I remembered that humiliation, and it probably stopped me fucking up somewhere along the line''.
 
“But what I really can’t believe is that violence has managed to come on so far yet sex is basically as it was. Let’s be honest, kids don’t see enough about sex. Kids are ignorant and neurotic about sex, and it has stayed off the television screen much more than it should''.

“Kids should be allowed to see much more sex in terms of caring and love, as opposed to porno. If aggression is in a child’s nature, it’s likely to turn to violence as an OK thing. It is legitimised by the amount of coverage. Violence is not something that is incredibly natural to people, but sex is. It should be seen as something a lot more natural than violence.”
 
Source: https://www.theguardian.com
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“I always had a strong intent to be direct and emotional with my songs, and that’s never left me. When music comes from the heart it’s as much an artistic statement as a painting or a book.”
 
Source:  http://www.hamhigh.co.uk
Photograph:  http://www.georgemichael.com

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“Dogma I’ve always hated, and right now that kind of dogmatic approach is totally damaging. All they did was cancel out any hope of any kind of social element that came into pop during ‘85 because of the whole charity thing. Any idea of working towards goals, I think that they’ve wiped it out again."
 
Source: https://www.theguardian.com
Photograph:  http://www.georgemichael.com

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“It’s conceit, but I think I can see society better than a lot of those people can. Maybe it’s people like me who should be doing something about it. But the people who can see what’s going on, who look at society in a very wide sense, think that the world is so fucked anyway, and that people are too apathetic to do anything about it. You look at the acceleration of all the negatives compared to the positives, and you just have to say it’s all going to finish. We have to be drawing ourselves to the end of our natural lifespan because we’re fucking everything up...”
 
Source: https://www.theguardian.com
Photograph:  http://www.georgemichael.com

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