Young Guns (Go For It!)

Album: Fantastic (1983)
Charted: 3

Songfacts®:

  • This was the second single released by Wham!; the exclamation mark is optional; the brackets are not! Composed solely by George Michael, and overtly commercial, it was recorded with ABC producer Steve Brown.

    Michael's biographer Rob Jovanovic said the song is about "death by matrimony," which is in fact the last line of the chorus. It was written from experience, and described old school friends marrying and setting down roots while Michael and Ridgeley were still having fun. This was rather presumptuous as the two were not yet twenty years old when it was released, in any case, Michael spent much of the next few years struggling with his sexuality, and in April 1998, when he was thirty-five years old, he "outed" himself publicly as homosexual in an incident he "celebrated" in the song "Outside."
  • "Young Guns (Go For It!)" backed by "Going For It" was released on the Innervision label in September 1982 in both 7-inch and 12-inch singles formats. It reached #3 in Canada, #4 in Australia, and #20 in Germany. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 2

Comments: 2

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn March 5, 1983, Wham! performed "Young Guns (Go For It!)" on the ABC-TV Saturday-afternoon program, 'American Bandstand'...
    The song didn't make Billboard's Top 100 chart, but on November 29th, 1982 it peaked at #3* {for 1 week} on the United Kingdom's Singles chart..
    Between 1982 and 1986 the duo had eleven records on the United Kingdom's Singles chart, ten made the Top 10 with five reaching #1, plus two peaked at #2...
    Sadly, George Michael passed away at the young age of 53 on December 25th, 2016...
    May he R.I.P.
    * The week that "Young Guns" peaked at #3, the #2 record that week was "Mirror Man" by the Human League and at #1 was "Beat Surrender" by the Jam...
    And from the 'For What It's Worth' department; their "Club Fantastic Megamix" was their only non-Top 10 record of their eleven charted records, it peaked at #15...
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn March 5th 1983, Wham! performed "Young Guns (Go for It!)" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    It did not make Billboard's Hot Top 100* chart, but on March 22nd, 1983 it peaked at #1 {for 2 weeks} on the Swedish 'Topplistan' Top Singles chart...
    Just over five months later on August 14th, 1983 the duo would enter the Top 100 for the first time when "Bad Boys" debut at #90...
    Between 1983 and 1986 they had eight Top 100 records; six made the Top 10 with half of them reaching #1, "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go" for 3 weeks in 1984, "Careless Whisper" for 3 weeks in 1985, and "Everything She Wants" for 2 weeks in 1985.
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