Tuesday, August 08, 2006

George Michael, rethought

I'll admit (proudly?) that I like George Michael. But a fresh listening to the 9th track from his 1987 smash hit album Faith, "Kissing a Fool," makes me realize that only a fool wouldn't have realized he was gay, even back then.

There's a hint as the song opens "You listened to people/Who scared you to death, and from my heart."

But then he really makes it clear in the third stanza:

But remember this/Every other kiss
That you ever give/Long as we both live
When you need the hand of another man
One you really can surrender with
I will wait for you/Like I always do
There's something there/That can't compare
With any other.


I mean, that's pretty obvious. Of course, I was nine when this album came out, so all my attention, understandably, was devoted to figuring out "I Want Your Sex."

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4 Comments:

Anonymous DJS said...

Agreed.

And I also think that GM's rise to fame in the mid-80's was the first time that the 'gay look' went mainstream and became commercially viable.

DJS

August 08, 2006  
Anonymous Holy Moses said...

NB, you are a true Renaissance Man. The Economist one day, George Michael the next. You make everything cool - again.

August 08, 2006  
Anonymous Pn said...

Oh George Michael...oh that album...

I can vividly remember rocking out to my favorite song, Faith, when I was 5 years old in my Mom's car.

I haven't been able to listen to that beige tape and its rattling screws for some time. THSHMZ has no tape player.

That SO doesn't hum...

August 08, 2006  
Anonymous Mrs. N-B said...

This is like that moment when I realized the true meaning behind my favorite childhood song, "Papa Don't Preach." You mean her baby isn't her boyfriend????

It also crushed my 6-year-old dream of dating a guy in an "Italians Do It Better" T-shirt.

August 08, 2006  

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