It is with a heavy heart and deep sorrow that I am re-posting George Michael’s original induction into the Diva Hall of Fame and am now filing it under Tribute. He is truly one of the greatest artists of my lifetime and his album Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 is one of my top 10 all-time favorites.
George, you will be sorely missed.
From teen idol pin-up boy to critically acclaimed worldwide superstar to the embattled artist who was entangled in litigation against his music label, George Michael has pretty much been there and done that. Closeted through much of his career, George ultimately outed himself when he was arrested for solicitation with another man in a public park. Instead of denying the circumstances that lead to his arrest, George embraced his new platform as an out gay man. Not exactly the best person to be paraded as a role model, George maintains the distinct honor of being one of the earliest openly gay men with significant notoriety due to his stardom.
No matter what you have read or think you know about the man, I would suggest to go back and just listen to his music. It doesn’t matter if it’s “Everything She Wants” or “A Different Corner” from his early days as part of the duo Wham! or ANY song off of his debut album “Faith,” the man has freaking talent. His writing skills, his vocals and of course his presence are what made him a tour de force.
“Listen Without Prejudice,” his follow-up to “Faith” is quite possibly the most underrated works of art from the 90s; I shit you not. Go back and REALLY listen to the album; it’s fucking brilliant.
No I’ve never come close in all of these years
You are the only one to stop my tears
I’m so scared of this love
And if all that there is,
is this fear of being used
I should go back to being lonely and confused
If I could, I would, I swear
Through all the ups and downs of his career, George Michael remains one of the most significant artists in pop music history. No doubt his very public issues with drugs has not helped his image (and has even gotten him banned from touring in the US), but he wouldn’t be the perfect DIVA if all his dramedy was hidden away in the confines of the closet.
Georgie, baby, sweetie pie, you’ve just been inducted. XO
Album : George Michael | The Diva Series
Genre : House
Year : 2010
Total Time : 1:25:21.00
As (Jonathan Peters Club Mix)
Star People ’97 (Forthright Club Mix)
Flawless (The Sharp Boys Hot Fridge Vocal Mix)
I Want Your Sex 2010 (Freemasons Club Mix)
Killer/Papa Was A Rolling Stone (12” House Mix)
Amazing (Full Intention Club Mix)
This Is Not Real Love (Moto Blanco Mix)
Freeek! (The Scumfrog Mix)
Shoot The Dog (Moogeymen Mix)
Outside (Hex Hector 12” Vox Up Mix)
Fast Love 2002 (Illicit Remix)
Everything She Wants (Todd Terry Mix)
Spinning The Wheel (Forthright Club Mix)