Too Funky

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"Too Funky"
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Single by George Michael
from the album Red Hot + Dance
B-side "Crazyman Dance"
Released 12 July 1992
Format
Recorded 1990
Genre Dance-pop
Length
  • 5:37 (album version)
  • 3:45 (single edit)
  • 3:58 (video edit)
Label
Writer(s) George Michael
Producer(s) George Michael
George Michael singles chronology
"Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"
(1991)
"Too Funky"
(1992)
"Somebody to Love"
(with Queen)

(1992)

"Too Funky" is a song written and performed by English singer George Michael and released by Columbia Records in the United States and Epic Records elsewhere in 1992.

History[edit]

"Too Funky" was Michael's final single for his recording contract with Sony Music before he started legal action to extricate himself from his contract. "Too Funky" had been initially earmarked for a follow-up to the album Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 but Michael shelved the idea, instead donating it, along with two other songs, to the project Red Hot + Dance, which raised money for AIDS awareness. Michael subsequently donated the royalties to the same cause. The song didn't appear on any of Michael's studio albums, although later it was included on his solo collection Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael.

Song[edit]

Lyrically, the song is a basic, animalistic plea for sexual activity.

It features a clip from The Graduate; Anne Bancroft's line of "I am not trying to seduce you... Would you like me to seduce you? Is that what you're trying to tell me?". As an intro of the song and it is repeated during the final crescendo. The song then ends with a sample from an episode of the Tony Hancock Show called 'The Radio Ham,' spoken by actress Annie Leake ("Would you stop playing with that radio of yours? I'm trying to get to sleep," a sample that also appeared in the song "Let Mom Sleep" from the video game Jet Set Radio.)

The song's hook also samples Jocelyn Brown's 1984 hit "Somebody Else's Guy"[1]

Music video[edit]

Fashion designer Thierry Mugler designed and created the costumes for the models in the song's video,[2] which features Michael in two- to three-second appearances as a director filming a number of supermodels on the catwalk at a fictitious runway show, a concept similar to the one he used in the video for his 1990 single "Freedom '90."

The models featured in this video were Eva Herzigova, Linda Evangelista, Nadja Auermann, Emma Sjöberg, Estelle Hallyday, Shana Zadrick, Tyra Banks, Beverly Peele, and Emma Balfour. Actresses Julie Newmar and Rossy de Palma, and the performance artists Joey Arias and Lypsinka are also featured. A "making of" video was also created.

The video's concept was written by Jeff Beasley after attending a benefit fashion show held by Mugler several months before in Los Angeles. Beasley worked at Propaganda Films, the production company where David Fincher directed "Freedom! '90"—the supermodel video on which "Too Funky" is based. Originally the same models from Fincher's video were going to be used, namely Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, and Tatjana Patitz. Mugler decided, however, that he wanted new models and only kept Evangelista for the project. The video was produced by Beasley and filmed by Mike Southon.

A rare "alternate edit" of the video includes several male models, including eventual Grey's Anatomy star Justin Chambers and Oscar-nominated actor Djimon Hounsou, who was discovered by Mugler in Paris, and sometimes can be found online.

Commercial performance[edit]

"Too Funky" reached number 4 in the UK Singles Chart in 1992 and became that year's most played record in Europe.

In the US, the single debuted at number 84 on Billboard Hot 100, reaching number 10—its peak position—by its fourth week. It sold over 500,000 copies, being certified Gold by the RIAA.

In Australia, it became the biggest gainer song ever in the top 50 of the Australian ARIA Singles Chart when it jumped from number 50 to number 8 (42 places), before reaching its peak position at number 3. "Too Funky" held this record until 2009, when "3" by Britney Spears rose from number 50 to number 7 (43 places).

In Canada, "Too Funky" peaked at number 6 on the RPM singles chart.[3]

"Too Funky" reached number 3 on the Dutch Top 40.[4]

Track listing[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1992) Position
US Billboard Hot 100[23] 58

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fulton, Rick (November 1, 2013) "Soul singer Jocelyn Brown," The Daily Record. Retrieved August 6, 2016.
  2. ^ Borrelli-Persson, Laird (April 20, 2016). ""Moulin Rouge Meets Vegas!" An Oral History of George Michael's 1992 "Too Funky" Video". Vogue. New York. Retrieved April 28, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Top Singles- Volume 56, No.5 August 01, 1992". www.collectionscanada.com. 
  4. ^ "De Nederlandse Top 40, week 46, 1987". Retrieved 2008-03-16. 
  5. ^ "Australian-charts.com – George Michael – Too Funky". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  6. ^ "Austriancharts.at – George Michael – Too Funky" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  7. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 1953." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
  8. ^ "Lescharts.com – George Michael – Too Funky" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  9. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – George Michael – Too Funky". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  10. ^ Hit Parade Italia. Retrieved 22 May 2011.
  11. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Too Funky". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  12. ^ George Michael singles sales ranking. Retrieved 22 May 2011.
  13. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – George Michael – Too Funky" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  14. ^ "Charts.org.nz – George Michael – Too Funky". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  15. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – George Michael – Too Funky". VG-lista. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  16. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – George Michael – Too Funky". Singles Top 100. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  17. ^ "Swisscharts.com – George Michael – Too Funky". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  18. ^ "Archive Chart: 1992-06-13" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved February 12, 2015.
  19. ^ "George Michael – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for George Michael. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  20. ^ "George Michael – Chart history" Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs for George Michael. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  21. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2016 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 15 August 2016. 
  22. ^ "American single certifications – George Michael – Too Funky". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 15 August 2016.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  23. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1992". Retrieved 2010-07-30. 

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