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George Michael

Post  misery guts on Mon Dec 26, 2016 1:46 am

One of the greatest British singer / songwriters of the 80s and 90s, yet overwhelmed by depression and a hypocritical gutter press. He was as adept at bouncy life-affirming songs as he was at reflective mournful ones. Now is a good time to remember:

A Ray of Sunshine (live) (Wham!)

A Different Corner

Praying For Time

You Have Been Loved (live)

John and Elvis are Dead

RIP Sad affraid pale
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Post  misery guts on Mon Dec 26, 2016 10:08 am

So what next?

New album and film to come?
George, who passed away at his Oxfordshire home on Christmas Day, had hinted that his new album was almost completed, and would be released in 2017.
His chosen collaborator, Naughty Boy - who’s previously worked with such stars as Beyonce and Emeli Sande - had revealed in a BBC News interview that George had responded to his professional request in the last year.
In addition, George was planning to re-release ‘Listen Without Prejudice 25’ on his old label Sony Music, with whom he famously battled in court for creative freedom in the 1990s, but with whom harmony has long been restored. 
Most poignantly, he was putting the finishing touches to a documentary film to accompany the album. The film is currently slated for release in March 2017, but clearly its future will have to be decided following his death. 
In the short term, I would expect Last Christmas to be in with a big shout of finally reaching #1 on Friday.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Dec 28, 2016 8:14 am

A few news stories about his wealth and generosity:

George Michael’s Huge Net Worth Allowed Extraordinary Generosity
Having plenty of money left over even after funding his own luxurious lifestyle, Michael gave freely and often to charitable causes — and, in most cases, requested his donations be kept anonymous. Following his death, an outpouring of stories from grateful individuals has been coming to light showing just how generous the superstar was.
He was a bloody smart bloke, and a bloody nice one too. Given the rotten press he was usually splattered with, it's no wonder he got depressed. But at least he knew how to use his money and power.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Dec 28, 2016 8:40 am

Discovering: George Michael
He had the skill to make the best of Wham!, and then to move up into a serious solo career. But there were record company troubles, and then a welter of personal issues, and his ability has become rather drowned over the years (though a new(-ish) album is due out soon).

George Michael - at the Palais Garnier, Paris
A show plugging both his recent 'Symphonica' album, and paying tribute to producer Phil Ramone, who he worked with and whom he respected greatly (also a gig raising support for the fight against AIDS). It's a quirk that such a great singer-songwriter should do so many covers, although he has got a fine voice, and he does at least make them his own.

(this latter was repeated last night by way of tribute)
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Post  misery guts on Wed Dec 28, 2016 9:08 am

TOTP2: Wham! Special
An abrupt half-hour showing footage of the early-80s legends on Top of the Pops, complete with unnecessary sarcastic intros from DJ Mark Radcliffe. At least the songs were mostly very good, though it is amusing to see how their 'political' angle was dropped pretty quickly.

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Post  misery guts on Tue Jan 03, 2017 8:04 am

That Wham! special was repeated by the BBC with no clue about how disrespectful it was (or maybe they did).

Meanwhile, Andrew Ridgeley is objecting to a press campaign to reissue Careless Whisper with the money going to charities. Since the paper in question was one of those which vilified George in his lifetime, the hypocrisy is staggering. Andy's complaint is that using one of George's own solo records would be more appropriate than just one from Wham (though I know in the USA it was released as "Wham featuring George Michael").
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Post  misery guts on Sun Jan 08, 2017 8:57 am

MTV Unplugged: George Michael
A great gig from Three Mills Studio, London, in 1996. I remember some of this footage being used for videos for some of his latter singles from Older. I didn't realise (or had forgotten) that I Can't Make You Love Me is a Bonnie Raitt cover, I suspect others have covered it under the assumption it was his song. He seems in good spirits and good voice, and as with the latter Symphonica concert, is not backward in urging the audience on to get involved.
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Post  misery guts on Thu Feb 23, 2017 8:02 am

The Brit Awards paid tribute by getting Coldplay's Chris Martin to have a bash at A Different Corner. Perhaps we should be grateful they didn't get Bruno Mars in to add another to his collection.

Andrew Ridgeley and Wham!'s backing singers Pepsi & Shirlie expressed sorrow and gratitude for their fallen friend and band-mate, though Sad
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Post  misery guts on Mon Mar 13, 2017 7:58 am

Having established last week that he died of "natural causes", it looks like his funeral will take place maybe this week, and then the questions of his estate will follow:

A house for a sister
George Michael has left his £10 million north London home to his favourite sister, it's been claimed. 
The pop icon, who passed away on Christmas Day from natural causes, and sister Melanie Panayiotou, 55, are said to have always been very close.

And following his death, she has reportedly moved into his Highgate property while she plans his funeral with other family members.

The Wham! star's other sister, Yioda, 57, is also believed to be getting a large chunk of his estimated $105 million fortune.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Mar 31, 2017 6:44 am

The Last Days of George Michael
Andrew Ridgeley made clear he wasn't happy with this, but it seemed the usual run-through of George's story. There were a couple of tabloid journalists defending their actions, but it was mainly friends, neighbours, medics and colleagues speaking up for him. The notion of more music to come was quashed, and his hatred of the press came through loud and clear.

He was finally buried on Wednesday the 29th Sad
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