Wake Me Up Before You Go Go

Today, 35 years ago, Wham! had their first UK No.1 with 'Wake Me Up Before You Go Go", the main single of their second album, Make It Big.
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Today, 35 years ago, Wham! had their first UK No.1 with ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go Go”, the main single of their second album, Make It Big.

Written and produced by George Michael, one half of the duo. Inspiration for the song was a scribbled note left by his Wham! partner Andrew Ridgeley for Andrew’s parents, originally intended to read “wake me up before you go” but with “up” accidentally written twice, so Ridgeley wrote “go” twice on purpose.

The oversized message t-shirts that George and Andrew wearing (“CHOOSE LIFE”) created by Katharine Hamnett, starting a craze covered in the 2002 VH1 series I Love the 80s.

Who did the same mistake as me? The song opening, I thought it said “You turn the jukebox, you turn the jukebox ….” I discovered years later that it actually says “Jitterbug, jitterbug …”

Wake me up before Monday comes comes!

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Video: BBC.

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Rudolf Dethu

Rudolf Dethu

Music journalist, writer, radio DJ, socio-political activist, creative industry leader, and a qualified librarian, Rudolf Dethu is heavily under the influence of the punk rock philosophy. Often tagged as this country’s version of Malcolm McLaren—or as Rolling Stone Indonesia put it ‘the grand master of music propaganda’—a name based on his successes when managing Bali’s two favourite bands, Superman Is Dead and Navicula, both who have become two of the nation’s biggest rock bands.
Rudolf Dethu

Rudolf Dethu

Music journalist, writer, radio DJ, socio-political activist, creative industry leader, and a qualified librarian, Rudolf Dethu is heavily under the influence of the punk rock philosophy. Often tagged as this country’s version of Malcolm McLaren—or as Rolling Stone Indonesia put it ‘the grand master of music propaganda’—a name based on his successes when managing Bali’s two favourite bands, Superman Is Dead and Navicula, both who have become two of the nation’s biggest rock bands.

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