George Michael: Better Today Than Yesterday?
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Andrew Ridgeley and George Michael
So this totally missed my radar last year ... or maybe it didn't and I just plum forgot. But apparently George Michael almost died late last year.
The former '80s bubblegum pop/rock darling is making the rounds in news circuits this week after revealing that he woke up from a coma, caused by a nasty case of pneumonia, speaking with an entirely different accent. Apparently, he came to speaking in a dialect associated with England's West Country, although he's always had a Londonesque accent. (Yes, there's a difference.)
The revelation comes just in time for Michael's new music video released on Monday for the track inspired by his near-death experience; "White Light."
The video features an electro/dance/pop tune as well as supermodel Kate Moss, but we prefer to remember the days when Michael made sweet music with another pretty face - as the dynamic duo, Wham! with Andrew Ridgeley.
Before Michael and Ridgeley led the charge of the early '80s pop revival, they formed a short-lived ska band upon meeting in 1979. They quickly changed course and in 1983, they released their debut as Wham! with Fantastic; striking a chord with fans with campy songs like, "Wham Rap!" and "Bad Boys." But everyone most remembers them for 1984's horribly catchy, "Wake Me up Before You Go Go."
The union didn't last long, with Michael emerging as the sole superstar of the group, but not before the two penned one of the best slow-dance songs in the history of slow-dance songs: "Careless Whisper."
Michael has recovered from his brush with death and is back touring across the pond. And in case you're wondering, his London accent has been restored.