Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go

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"Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"
UK sleeve by Peter Saville and Trevor Key
Single by Wham!
from the album Make It Big
Released 14 May 1984
Format 7", 12"
Recorded 1984
Genre Dance-pop
Length 3:50
Label CBS (US/Canada)
Epic (all other countries)
Writer(s) George Michael
Producer(s) George Michael
Wham! singles chronology
"Club Fantastic Megamix"
(1983)
"Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"
(1984)
"Freedom"
(1984)
Make It Big track listing
"Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"
(1)
"Everything She Wants"
(2)
Twenty Five track listing
"Everything She Wants"
(1)
"Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"
(2)
"Freedom"
(3)

"Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" is a song by the English duo Wham!, first released as a single in the UK on 14 May 1984,[1] and which became their first American and UK number-one hit. It was written and produced by George Michael, one half of the duo.

History[edit]

Michael's inspiration for the song was a scribbled note left by his Wham! partner Andrew Ridgeley for Andrew's parents,[2] originally intended to read "wake me up before you go" but with "up" accidentally written twice, so Ridgeley wrote "go" twice on purpose. Released in May 1984, it heralded the beginning of a softer, sunnier image for Wham!, who had spent the previous year as a moodier, more politically themed duo, with songs about unemployment, young marriage, and battles of will between parents and their children. With the release of "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go", they re-emerged with wider smiles, more colourful clothing, and a more positive disposition in interviews.

In 1984, George Michael had this to say on the development of the song:

"I just wanted to make a really energetic pop record that had all the best elements of Fifties and Sixties records, combined with our attitude and our approach, which is obviously more uptempo and a lot younger than some of those records. It's one of those tracks that gets rid of a lot of your own personal influences; it reminds me of so many different records that I couldn't actually nail them down. I'd done a demo at home that just had a bass line and a vocal on it. Usually, I write the record in my head; I know what all the parts are going to be and I sing them to all our musicians. And it was great. ... We actually did it as a rehearsal. We used a Linn drum because the drummer was late, and it was such a good track that we kept it."[3]

The song entered the UK Singles Chart at number four — after much hype from the duo claiming they would go straight in at number one, which was a rare occurrence then — and climbed to the top spot seven days later, staying there for two weeks. The song also went to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States.

The UK sleeve was designed by Peter Saville, with photography by Trevor Key.[4]

Music video[edit]

The music video, essentially the duo performing (it also introduced Ridgeley as a guitar player for the band) to a teenage audience, was memorable for the clothes, which became a lasting sartorial image for the 1980s as a decade. Michael and Ridgeley were wearing Katharine Hamnett T-shirt designs which said "CHOOSE LIFE". Michael was also seen in luminous gloves, which he later bemoaned as the clip of him always picked out by advertisers whenever "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" went on to a compilation album. The video was filmed at the Brixton Academy in South London.

Covers[edit]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by George Michael

7": Epic / A 4440 (UK)
No. Title Length
1. "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"   3:51
2. "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" (Instrumental) 4:03
  • Note: The US 7" single (Columbia 04552) has identical track listing.
12": Epic / TA 4440 (UK)
No. Title Length
1. "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"   3:51
2. "A Ray of Sunshine" (Specially recorded for The Tube) 4:58
3. "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" (Instrumental) 4:03

Chart performance[edit]

Order of precedence
Preceded by
"It's Just Not Cricket" by The Twelfth Man
"When Doves Cry" by Prince
Australian Kent Music Report number-one single
16 July 1984 – 13 August 1984 (5 weeks)
27 August 1984 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"When Doves Cry" by Prince
"What's Love Got to Do with It" by Tina Turner
Preceded by
"I Just Called to Say I Love You" by Stevie Wonder
Canadian CHUM number-one single
17 November 1984 – 1 December 1984 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"The Wild Boys" by Duran Duran
Canadian RPM Top Singles number-one single
10 November 1984 – 1 December 1984 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Caribbean Queen" by Billy Ocean
Preceded by
"Penny Lover" by Lionel Richie
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary number-one single
15 December 1984 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"All Through the Night" by Cyndi Lauper
Preceded by
"The Reflex" by Duran Duran
Eurochart Hot 100 number-one single
14 July 1984 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Self Control" by Laura Branigan
Belgian Ultratop 50 Flanders number-one single
21 July 1984 – 11 August 1984 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Two Tribes" by Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Irish Singles Chart number-one single
3 June 1984 – 10 June 1984 (2 weeks)
Dutch Top 40 number-one single
21 July 1984 – 28 July 1984 (2 weeks)
UK Singles Chart number-one single
2 June 1984 – 9 June 1984 (2 weeks)
Preceded by
"Two Tribes" by Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Mega Single Top 100 number-one single
4 August 1984 (1 week)
Preceded by
"Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" by Phil Collins
Norwegian number-one single
28/1984 – 36/1984 (9 weeks)
Succeeded by
"I Just Called to Say I Love You" by Stevie Wonder
Preceded by
"Self Control" by Laura Branigan
Swedish number-one single
17 August 1984 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Sounds Like a Melody" by Alphaville
Preceded by
"Caribbean Queen" by Billy Ocean
US Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
17 November 1984 – 1 December 1984 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Out of Touch" by Hall & Oates
Preceded by
"Purple Rain" by Prince & The Revolution
US Cash Box number-one single
24 November 1984 – 1 December 1984 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"I Feel for You" by Chaka Khan

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External links[edit]

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