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Single by George Michael
from the album Older
B-side "I'm Your Man '96"
Released 22 April 1996
Format CD single
Genre Dance-pop[1]
Length 5:24
Label Virgin Records (UK)
Dreamworks Records (US)
Writer(s) George Michael, Patrice Rushen
Producer(s) George Michael, Jon Douglas
George Michael singles chronology
"Jesus to a Child"
"Spinning the Wheel"

"Fastlove" is a song by George Michael, released as a single in 1996 by Virgin Records in the United Kingdom and Dreamworks Records in the United States.


The song was the second of six singles to be taken from George's comeback album Older, which was his first studio album in six years and only the third of his solo career. "Fastlove" was an energetic tune about the need for gratification and fulfillment without concern for commitment.

A re-sung but otherwise identical chorus of the Patrice Rushen hit "Forget Me Nots", performed by Jo Bryant (Michael's musical collaborator who also appears in the music video[citation needed]), was used about 70% of the way through, although no co-writing credit was initially given. This problem was rectified in the liner notes of Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael.

Music video[edit]

The music video begins with a flickering virtual reality image of a woman on a bed followed by a man sitting in a black chair using a high-tech remote control device to "flip" through a variety of sexually virtual reality characters. George Michael appears in the black chair, which is equipped with speakers. At one point one of the dancers is shown wearing headphones displaying the word 'FONY' in the style of the Sony corporate logo, a reference to the contractual dispute Michael was having at the time with Sony Music Entertainment (formerly CBS Records). Throughout the video, there is a variety of men and women, who display a spectrum of characteristics, including one who is shy, another who is lustful, and another who is a complete emotional wreck (played by Rachel Williams) sitting in the chair and using the remote control to summon more sexual characters. As the video ends, George Michael is seen dancing while water rains down on him. The video ends with the same flickering virtual reality image that introduces to the video.

Track listing[edit]

MC: UK / Virgin VSC 1579[edit]

  1. "Fastlove" (Part I) – 5:23
  2. "I'm Your Man '96" – 4:04

12": UK / Virgin VST 1579[edit]

  1. "Fastlove" (Part II) [Fully Extended Mix] – 9:27
  2. "I'm Your Man '96" – 4:04
  3. "Fastlove" (Part I) – 5:23

CD: UK / VSCDG 1579[edit]

  1. "Fastlove" (Part I) – 5:23
  2. "I'm Your Man '96" – 4:04
  3. "Fastlove" (Part II) [Fully Extended Mix] – 9:27
  • "Fastlove" (Part II) mixes "Fastlove" into the new version of "I'm Your Man" to make one 'Fully Extended Mix'.

CD: US / Dreamworks DRMDS-59001[edit]

  1. "Fastlove" [Full version] – 5:24
  2. "I'm Your Man '96" – 4:04
  3. "Fastlove" [Summer Mix] – 4:40
  • "Full version" is the album version.

12": US / Dreamworks DRM12-58001[edit]

  1. "Fastlove" (Extended Version) - 9:29
  2. "Fastlove" (Full Version) - 5:24
  3. "I'm Your Man '96" - 4:04
  4. "Fastlove (Summer Mix) - 4:40

Chart performance[edit]

The song reached the #1 spot in the United Kingdom, where it stayed for three weeks. It also reached #1 in Australia and Italy.

In the US, "Fastlove" peaked at #8, and has since become a classic in George Michael's catalogue, and finished at #62 on the year-end chart. To date, this is the final George Michael single to enter the American Billboard Hot 100. For the single's B-side, a remake of the Wham! classic "I'm Your Man" was used. Entitled "I'm Your Man '96", it was an update of one of their last singles, a decade earlier.


Charts and certifications[edit]

Chart procession and succession[edit]

Preceded by
"Return of the Mack" by Mark Morrison
UK Singles Chart number-one single
28 April 1996 - 18 May 1996
Succeeded by
"Ooh Aah... Just a Little Bit" by Gina G


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