The Edge of Heaven

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"The Edge of Heaven"
The Edge of Heaven.jpg
Single by Wham!
from the album The Final/Music from the Edge of Heaven
Released18 June 1986
Format12", 7"
Recorded1984–1985
GenreDance-pop
Length4:34
LabelCBS
Songwriter(s)George Michael
Producer(s)George Michael
Wham! singles chronology
"I'm Your Man"
(1985)
"The Edge of Heaven"
(1986)
"Where Did Your Heart Go?"
(1986)

"The Edge of Heaven" is a song by British pop duo Wham!, released on Epic Records in 1986. It was written by George Michael, one half of the duo, and was promoted in advance as Wham!'s farewell single.

History[edit]

With the known desire of George Michael to move into a more adult market, Wham! had announced in the spring of 1986 that Michael and his musical partner Andrew Ridgeley would go their separate ways after a farewell single, album and concert. The album was called The Final and the concert was held in front of 72,000 fans at London's Wembley Stadium on Saturday 28 June 1986.[1] Prior to the official release date of the single, the song had been performed during their 1985 "Whamamerica!" tour.[2]

The single, a five-minute tale of emotional and physical frustration within a relationship, was a slick and upbeat — albeit harder-edged than earlier works — pop tune which became the fourth and final No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart[3] (and the final US Top Ten hit, reaching #10) for the duo. Elton John, a friend of Michael and Ridgeley, played piano on the track.

Michael has said the lyrics to the song were "deliberately and overtly sexual, especially the first verse". The reason for this, he says, was he thought no one would care "because no one listens to a Wham! lyric. It had got to that stage."[4]

Epic released a double record set in the UK, with an updated version of Wham!'s early signature song "Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do)" on the flip of disc one, and two new songs - "Battlestations" and a cover of the Was (Not Was) song "Where Did Your Heart Go?"—on the flip of the second disc. "Where Did Your Heart Go?" was later given an equal billing and reached a lowly position in the UK Top 40 as a result.

In the United States, "The Edge of Heaven" was backed with a live version of "Blue" from Wham!'s tour of China. "Where Did Your Heart Go?" was released separately as the follow-up and the fourth and last single from Music from the Edge of Heaven (the shortened American version of The Final), and charted at #50 (backed with "Wham! Rap '86").

Music video[edit]

The official music video for the song was directed by Andy Morahan and filmed in stage 1, Twickenham Film Studios in June 1986.[5] It features a performance in front of a crowd and is filmed in black and white.[6][7]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by George Michael except where indicated.

7": Epic / A FIN 1 (UK)
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."The Edge of Heaven" 4:37
2."Wham Rap '86"G. Michael, A. Ridgeley6:33
7": Columbia / 38-06182 (US)
No.TitleLength
1."The Edge of Heaven"4:37
2."Blue" (Live in China)5:18
2x7": Epic / FIN 1 (UK) - Limited edition double 7" pack
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."The Edge of Heaven" 4:37
2."Wham Rap '86"G. Michael, A. Ridgeley6:33
3."Battlestations" 5:25
4."Where Did Your Heart Go?"D. Was, D. Was5:43
12": Epic / FIN T1 (UK)
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Battlestations" 5:25
2."Where Did Your Heart Go?"D. Was, D. Was5:43
3."The Edge of Heaven" 4:37
4."Wham Rap '86"G. Michael, A. Ridgeley6:33

Chart and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Wham! - Whamamerica! setlist 1985
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 463. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  4. ^ Bare by George Michael and Tony Parsons, Penguin Books, 1991, page 170 ISBN 0-14-013235-X
  5. ^ George Michael: the making of a superstar - Bruce Dessau. Sidgwick & Jackson, 1989
  6. ^ The Last Wham! Interview EVER - "Number One" by Debbi Voller, 28 June 1986
  7. ^ Garcia, Alex S. "mvdbase.com - Wham! - "The edge of Heaven"". Music Video DataBase. Retrieved 31 October 2015.
  8. ^ David Kent (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. Australian Chart Book, St Ives, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
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