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Wake Me Up Before You Go Go

by

Wham!



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This was inspired by a sign Andrew Ridgeley used to put on his bedroom door reminding his mom to wake him before she went to work. The sign said, "Don’t forget to wake me up before you go go," with the last "go" mistakenly repeated. The song became Wham's first American hit.
George Michael (born Georgios Panayiotou) and Andrew Ridgeley met at Bushey Heath Comprehensive School in Hertfordshire when both were in their early teens. They became friends and after leaving school they made a demo of "Wham! Rap" at Andrew Ridgeley's parents' house, which was picked up by the record label Innervision and released without success. Their next release "Young Guns (Go For It)" was more successful rising to #3 in the UK. Their first single was reworked and became their second Top Ten hit. After 2 more Top 10 releases, problems developed between the duo and their label. Wham! signed with former Marc Bolan manager Simon Napier-Bell, who fought to get them released from Innervision. When they finally freed themselves they signed with Epic with whom this was their first release.
This was the first track Wham! recorded for the Make It Big album. It was done at Sarm West Studios in London. According to Chris Porter, who engineered the session, they didn't work from a demo recording as was standard protocol. George Michael had the song in his head and it was recorded with a live band.
The song was featured in the 2000 film Charlie's Angels.
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Comments (24):

Ah so it's brighter than Doris Day. I'd always misheard it as my darkest day. Not sure why people would look this song up if they don't like it, it just seems like hanging around your enemy's house expecting him to bring you some tea and biscuits.
- Sioraf, Macroon, Ireland
WHAM! was the bubble gum group of the 80s, and I mean that in the best way. It's upbeat, energetic, & easy to sing along to. I love the way the vocals get deep then go to an exclamatory higher but still melodic sound. There is some fabulous brass playing at the end of the tune. I am not in the least embarrassed to say I love the song.
- Camille, Toronto, OH
I HATE THIS SONG. I was forced to listen to this song in jr high school gym class in '84/85 when we had to do "dance." This was the music that the gym teacher picked. She so obviously had very poor taste in music or was tone deaf or both. I think I would listen to nails on a chalk board or Scandinavian death metal over this "music"
- Ken, Pittsburgh, PA
This song is not gay at all.
- brian, boston, MA
hey it was a great song when i was 16.reza kiania shiraz iran
- reza, shiraz, Iran
My First Ex Wife Loved That song!!
I Hated It!!
We've Been divorced 20 Years Now!!
- John, Mansfield, TX
Might it be that the "Choose Life" tee was just his personal stance & he takes random opportunities to passively spread the word?
- Cyberpope, Richmond, Canada
We have an Aussie fictional character called Reg Reagan (a former-rugby league player) who last year did his own version of it, but it was solely based on the New Zealand Haka. Check this chorus:
"Wake me up before you go, bro
Don't leave me hanging on playin' slow-mo
Wake me up before you go, bro
I don't feel like playin' on Friday night.
Wake me up before you go, bro
Unless you're thinkin' of turnin' homo ..."
It's pretty funny!
- Phil, Sydney, Australia
Yeah, Joel. Any idea what was it supposed to mean? (It's not about abortion, is it?)
- Zuzana, Bratislava, Europe
Notice the "Choose Life" shirt on GM in the video?
- Joel, London
Yea the part in Zoolander is timeless
- Rob, Wilkes-Barre, PA
I will always remember this song as the soundtrack to the male model gasoline fight in "Zoolander"
- Nick, Arlington Heights, IL
this was on family guy. chris was singing it when he joined the peace core
- Joe, Bellingham, WA
OK, I admit it and I am ashamed to say it but I kinda like this song. It just takes me back a few years when I had a few less gray hairs, less bills, and a lot less worries.

I can't believe that I actually like this song after professing that CSN is my favorite group.

I guess I like variety.
- Rafael, Pasadena, CA
garaunteed to put anyone in the worst of moods in a good one, a damn catchy musical prozac.
- nathan, from the country of, Canada
The song is not particularly deep, but it is a kick-butt piece of pop songwriting and production. It's a lot of fun. It doesn't have to be anything else.
- Dennis, Anchorage, AK
This song is awesome like a possum!
- VooDooCat, Zimbabwe, United States
Yikes...ranks right up there with the worse songs ever. You HAVE to be kidding me if you think there's ANY meaning to this BAD song.Oh man it's now stuck in my head. IMO JUST PLAIN BAD!
- greg, Victoria, Canada
I liked this song immediately, but have to admit that it was difficult to say I liked it (even though it hit #1 - proving I certainly wasn't the only one who liked it!). I remember watching it move up the top 40 chart, debuting at #32, then going #26, #13, #6, #5, #4 and then finally to #1 for 3 weeks. Yes, I was a geek.
- Paul, Detroit, MI
WHAT WAS WITH THE "JITTERBUG" PART?!?!?
- cory, boonville, IN
I agree, Tamar, i think face value was a great phil collins album .. made a small cameo appearance on zoolander ... Awesome
- Papa Burgundy, Bridlington, England
Wes, ewwww...

My brother posed the question during a Thanksgiving dinner at a restaurant - what were some songs that you'd be embarrassed to say you still like and probably wouldn't change the radio dial for it they came on?
Wake Me Up was on my list I'm ashamed to say. And his. Ha! Mine may or may not have included a little Air Supply, Jermaine Stewart, Gino Vanelli...you get the picture.
When I think about those nights in Montreal...
- Brian, Meriden, CT
Good song or not, I can't think about it without also thinking about Michael George's little public restroom incident...
- Wes, Springfield, VA
This an excellent song. Don't take it at face value. There is much to be learned from it. Think Deep!
- Tamar Elizabeth, Murrieta, CA
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