Young Guns (Go for It)

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"Young Guns (Go for It!)"
Single by Wham!
from the album Fantastic
Released October 15, 1982
Format 12", 7"
Recorded 1982
Genre Post-disco
Length 5:11, 3:41
Label CBS
Writer(s) George Michael
Producer(s) Steve Brown, George Michael
Wham! singles chronology
"Wham! Rap"
"Young Guns (Go For It!)"
"Bad Boys"

"Young Guns (Go for It)" (sometimes written with an exclamation mark as "Young Guns (Go for It!)") was a song by British pop duo Wham! which was released in 1982 on Innervision Records. It was written by George Michael, one half of the duo.

The song was Wham!'s first hit, although it came with some help from the BBC music programme Top of the Pops, which invited Wham! on to the show as a last-minute replacement for another act which had pulled out. It helped that the producer of Top of the Pops had seen them previously on another programme: Saturday Superstore.[1] Wham! were just outside the Top 40 threshold of the UK Singles Chart at the time, which meant they had not climbed high enough in normal circumstances to get on the show, but they were recruited nonetheless as the highest-placed artists still climbing the charts from outside the 40.

The song entered the chart initially at Number 73, went up to Number 48, then dropped to Number 52 and the week after that, it jumped to Number 42.[1] Their appearance on Top of the Pops broke the record wide open and on the following Monday the distribution centre received some thirty thousand orders.[1] This sent the record to Number 24 before eventually peaking at Number 3 in November 1982.

George wrote the song about a teenage lad's worry that his best friend was getting too committed to a girl when he should have been enjoying his youth and the single life. It featured a middle eight aside in which the girl conversely tried to get her boyfriend to ditch the best friend, prompting a vocal battle, akin to a tug of war, between the girlfriend and the best friend which prompted the "go for it!" aspect of the song, as featured in the title.

On Top of the Pops, George mimed the vocals to his Wham! partner Andrew Ridgeley, who "acted" the part of the teenage bridegroom-in-waiting. They were flanked by backing singers Dee C. Lee and Shirlie Holliman.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by George Michael

7": Innervision / IVL A2766 (UK)
No. Title Length
1. "Young Guns (Go for It)"   3:40
2. "Going for It"   3:40
12": Innervision / IVL A13 2766 (UK)
No. Title Length
1. "Young Guns (Go for It)" (12" Version) 5:10
2. "Going for It"   3:40
12": Columbia/Innervision 44-03501 (US)
No. Title Length
1. "Young Guns (Go for It)"   6:53
2. "Going for It!"   4:49
  • "Going for It" is an instrumental version of "Young Guns (Go for It)"

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1982/3) Peak
Sweden 1
Norway 10
Australia 4
UK 3


  1. ^ a b c Bare by George Michael and Tony Parsons, Penguin Books, 1991. Page 83 ISBN 0-14-013235-X