-{Arriving home from dinner at the local Taco Trailer}-

Clancy: I think I’ve finally listened to enough Tom Petty that I have George Michael out of my head.

Trumwill: That’s good.

Clancy: You do know George Michael, right?

Trumwill: WHAM!

Clancy: Well, I was talking about his solo stuff. I heard some the other day and it’s been stuck in my head ever since.

Trumwill: I’m actually vaguely more familiar with him as a solo artist, too. I didn’t even know he was with WHAM! for the longest time. But I just wanted to give you a keyword to demonstrate that yes, I do in fact know who George Michael is. I thought about saying “Faith”, but I hate that song. WHAM! at least had that one song of his that I liked.

Clancy: I remember when I was in junior high and “I Want Your Sex” was a top single. Casey Kasum refused to say the name of the song.

Trumwill: Well, I’ve give George Michael credit for something. A lot of crap 80’s songs that were about sex tried to be all coy and eye-rollingly pseudo-clever about it. Michael at least came out with it.

Clancy: There is that, I suppose.

Trumwill: I still hated the song. I think the music that has come out since taught me that there’s something to be said for subtlety, even of the coy and eye-rolling variety.


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4 Responses to Singing About Sex

  1. Transplanted Lawyer says:

    I say, depends on what you’re in it for. That particular song was as much about dancing as anything else. Dancing, of course, was a socially acceptable high school substitute for sex so it circled right back around, which was probably part of why it was as popular as it was.

  2. stone says:

    “A lot of crap 80’s songs that were about sex tried to be all coy and eye-rollingly pseudo-clever about it. Michael at least came out with it.”

    Took him much longer before he really “came out.” He was playing hetero.

  3. trumwill says:

    Wow. I walked right in to that one…

  4. stone says:

    Was “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” coy and eye-rollingly clever about its gayness? Or was it about as openly gay as a song and video could be, without being subtitled “I’m Gay,” and it’s just that back in the 80s the mainstream didn’t *get* it.

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