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Wake Me Up Before You Go Go by Wham!
Album: Make It BigReleased: 1984Charted:
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.