Kissing a Fool (song)

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"Kissing a Fool"
Single by George Michael
from the album Faith
Released21 November 1988
Songwriter(s)George Michael
Producer(s)George Michael
George Michael singles chronology
"Kissing a Fool"
"Praying for Time"
Music video
"Kissing a Fool" on YouTube

"Kissing a Fool" is a song written and performed by George Michael and released by Columbia Records in 1988.

A ballad with minimal instrumentation and a jazz feel, the song was written about Michael's insecurities as a soulmate and partner because of the baggage and reputation with which he came. According to Michael, the vocals were recorded a cappella in one take. "Kissing a Fool" was the working-title for the album, which later was renamed to Faith.

Aside from Michael's vocals, the song employs piano, guitar, bass, drums, and a brass section. It was the seventh and final single to be released from the album Faith. It was also the least successful, making number 18 on the UK Singles Chart and becoming the first single in five not to make number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. However, it reached number one on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks and became a number 5 hit on the Billboard Hot 100,[2] remaining a fan favourite and being regarded critically as one of his most accessible and honest recordings.[citation needed]

"Kissing a Fool" was Michael's last single for almost two years in the United Kingdom. It was later covered by Michael Bublé on his self-titled album and released as a single in the United States and reached number 29 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.


According to an interview published in the December 1987 issue of International Musician and Recording World magazine, Michael remembers writing "Kissing a Fool" en route to Japan for Wham!'s 1984 tour (referring to the Big Tour) in early 1985.[3] However, much like other songs Michael was writing at the time, it couldn't be used for Wham! due to certain restrictions in the duo's image; a solo album would be the best chance to use it (which, in that case, turned out to be the Faith album more than two years later).[4]

Michael elaborates on the writing of "Kissing a Fool":

"I don't think I've ever been influenced by other friends as to who I should or shouldn't go out with. 'Kissing A Fool' isn't really about that. It's about a relationship I had with someone who couldn't handle the situation because of who I was, George Michael. At the time it did surprise me. First I hadn't realized how much I'd achieved and secondly I hadn't realized it could have its limitations. I write it in that swing style because I think that period of music had that feeling of resignation. It's very much a late night giving up feeling."[5]

Track listing[edit]

7": UK / Epic EMU 7[edit]

  1. "Kissing a Fool" – 4:34
  2. "Kissing a Fool" (instrumental) – 4:34

12": UK / Epic EMU T7[edit]

  1. "Kissing a Fool" – 4:34
  2. "Kissing a Fool" (instrumental) – 4:34
  3. "A Last Request (I Want Your Sex Part III)" – 3:48

CD: UK / Epic CD EMU 7[edit]

  1. "Kissing a Fool" – 4:34
  2. "Kissing a Fool" (instrumental) – 4:34
  3. "A Last Request (I Want Your Sex Part III)" – 3:48



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