Farewell to a Legend – George Michael

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Like most, I was completely shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of George Michael on Christmas Day.  As well as Bowie, Prince and many many others over the course of 2016, his passing was completely unexpected.

Especially at the young age of 53.

I’ve been a fan of Mr Michael since his early Wham! days, and have followed his career ever since.  I’ve owned several of his albums over the years, and in fact had been listening to his greatest hits album the day before he’d passed.

I still remember the summer of 1987 when ‘I Want Your Sex‘ came out and all the controversy that surrounded it.  Radio stations banned it, parent’s wouldn’t let their children listen to it.. but yet it still became a huge hit around the world, and was the anthem of that summer for my 14 y/o closeted self.

OK, I’ll admit it.. I fancied the pants off of him in that video. 😉

Another song of his that definitely made an impact on me is ‘Outside‘ – this was his post arrested-for-lewd-behaviour release that was a satirical look at the situation set to a bumping disco beat.. and also lead to him finally coming out publicly to the world.

This was the song that cried to the world ‘it’s ok to be yourself and love who you want’.  And for a generation of gay men, that it’s ok to be gay and to be unabashedly sexual.

More than anything I appreciated how he was completely unapologetically himself and didn’t white-wash his sexuality.  He did what a lot of gay men have done at some point in their lives and gone looking for sex in a cruising area… Only he got caught doing it, and it unfortunately became tabloid fodder.

Or at least that’s what I took from it all.  LOL

As tribute, I’ve posted below the video for ‘Amazing‘.  Because in my eyes, he was truly ‘Amazing’.

R.I.P. – George Michael

On a side note.. almost a decade ago back in Montreal, I was casually seeing a guy who fancied himself a ‘George Michael’ look-alike for awhile, though I couldn’t see it.  He actually used to perform (lip-sync I’m assuming) at parties on the side.  Strange.. 🙂

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2 thoughts on “Farewell to a Legend – George Michael

  1. Great post and it was very sad and the tabloids did have lots of Headlines because of him. Just because he was talented and famous, why did the media cling to him like a cheap sweater. I also have very found memories of his songs and some random nightclub evening a couple of years back, we Partied as camp gay men are allowed to. And you right he did lead a very authentic life as he openly admitted to seeking sex in cruising, and was proud of being a Gay Man.
    Not sure if you saw the last pictures taken of him, sad so F€£¥Ing sad how the “alleged” addiction was his disease that killed him.
    Hope all good with you, please post an update soon. Ivan.

    • I’ve seen the final pictures and the supposed details of how he died.. but I solely wanted to focus and remember him for the amazing artist he’s always been and the legacy he’s left behind.

      Oh and an update is forthcoming. . It’s been way way way too long xx

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