It's been 25 years since George Michael release FAITH, to honor that, check the video and the awesome article below.
By Steven Hyden on
The best metaphor for a typical career arc in entertainment is the Etch A Sketch. Achievements, no matter how momentous, get shaken up, swept away, and replaced by whatever happens next with an unforgiving swiftness. It's a brutal process for all involved, but few have had it tougher than George Michael.
The pop singer was a good dozen or so Etch A Sketch shakes removed from his late-'80s heyday when he stood before reporters gathered outside a Vienna hospital three days before Christmas in 2011. George Michael had just survived a life-threatening bout with pneumonia, and he looked like it. He was gaunt and haunted, though still handsome by regular-person standards, with a salt-and-pepper goatee, an incongruously bronzed complexion, and dark glasses concealing eyes that must've radiated relief and lingering terror in equal doses. In a quivering voice he talked about moving on from "by far the worst month of my life," and, once again, rebuilding. "I'm a new man," he said.
George Michael has been many new men over the course of his 49 years; for a time, he dictated the terms for this personal rejiggering as skillfully as anybody in pop music. An overweight and nebbishy adolescent born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou and raised by a Greek immigrant father and an English dancer mother, he transformed himself as George Michael in the cocky, lady-killing mold of his best friend, Andrew Ridgeley. Together they formed teen-pop duo Wham!, projecting a unified front of clean-cut, feather-haired, preppy-guy sexuality that seemed harmlessly silly to grown-ups but resonated with exactly the right non-grown-ups in exactly the right bodily regions. (They were more like The Wanted than One Direction, to speak in the parlance of our times.)
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