Saturday Nine: Careless Whisper

Saturday, May 2, 2015
This week's Saturday Nine:
  1. You can't miss George Michael's gold hoops in the "Careless Whisper" video. Are you wearing any jewelry right now? I'm not a huge jewelry person because I tend to be allergic to most metals, but I am wearing a sterling silver origami-style rabbit pendant necklace and a stainless steel stud earring in my left ear cartilage, both of which I don't seem to react to (huzzah!) so I never take them off. (Seriously, I've had that stud in my ear for over a decade.)

  2. Though the label says this hit is performed by "Wham! featuring George Michael," George Michael is the only member of the pop duo who appears in the video. Do you remember the name of the other guy who was in Wham!? Nope. Though I was born in the '80s and can enjoy a lot of the music that came with that decade, I'm not huge into '80s pop culture.

  3. Much of the video was filmed on Watson Island, a man-made island near South Beach. Have you ever been to Miami? Very briefly; we flew there only to board a cruise, so while I have technically been there, I have never explored the city.

  4. Born Georgios Panayiotou, George Michael is of Greek descent, the son of the Greek restauranteur in East London. When you think of Greek cuisine, what comes to mind? Souvlaki, gyro, tzatziki sauce, moussaka, stuffed grape leaves, baklava... so, basically, fucking delicious.

  5. Today he lives in a tony suburb called Highgate, and his neighbours are Kate Moss and Sting. Tell us about one of your neighbours. Umm, they're really old? I live in a retirement community, so basically everyone besides me is in the 60+ set. I don't really know much about them personally, but they have an affinity for the colour red. Both of their cars are red, and all the decor on the outside of their house is red, and even their front door is painted red.

  6. George Michael fans can purchase officially licensed merchandise from his website, including an iPhone cover with his photo and signature. Tell us about your cell phone. Is it Apple or Android? Is it a smartphone? Yes; I have an Apple iPhone 6. And I have a cute polar bear phone case on it.

  7. George Michael sang Stevie Wonder's "You and I" for Prince William's wedding to Kate Middleton. What's your favourite love song? Depends on my mood. And the decade. To name a few: "Your Song" by Elton John, "Love Song" by The Cure, "You and Me Song" by The Wannadies, "RX Queen" by Deftones, Paramore's cover of Failure's "Stuck on You."

  8. In 2014, George had a health scare. He was rushed to the hospital for tests and released the next day. Have you ever ridden in an ambulance? I've never ridden in one (knock on wood!), but I have been in one. I had a huge car accident eight years ago on the highway and emergency was called, so I was ushered on to an ambulance to have my vitals checked. I miraculously didn't need to go to the hospital, so technically, the ambulance remained stationary.

  9. Known for hard partying in his youth, George is now in his 50s and says he's quite happy to spend his evenings eating takeout and watching DVDs. Are you doing any socializing this weekend? I have work all weekend, but my friend Viv and I are going for pizza and gelato tomorrow evening. In general, though, my lifestyle at 28 is pretty much the same as George in his 50s. And I'm totally okay with it.
2 comments on "Saturday Nine: Careless Whisper"
  1. I don't know why but all these George Michael facts are CRACKING ME UP.

    1. LOL, 'cause it's such a random theme with such random George Michael facts?


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