Occasionally when I’m playing in a trivia game I’ll chat with other players (who aren’t present/aren’t playing) via text about the questions that are asked during the game. Usually just final questions, though sometimes regular round questions, too. Not for purposes of helping them cheat (perish the thought)! Let’s say, for example, I get a question about the TV series One Tree Hill, or a question about the band Bon Jovi (in other words, shit Kim knows). Then I’ll message Kim to see if she knows the answers!
Sometimes, she’ll do the same with me. Saturday night she was playing at a trivia game in Canton, and she shared this question with me:
It’s SO nice when the questions are projected via PowerPoint, especially since I write them all down! I’ll put the correct answers to this one in the comments (give the rest of you a chance to see if you know them).
So we chatted about the question a bit (yes I could name all three of those songs, BTW). And our conversation got into the “weeds” a bit, if you will.
Kim: “We did wake me up and faith. I like his ass in the video so I favor it. Lol. Then she added, “I figured father figure or freedom might be one.”
Me: “I have 2 of those on my car USB (Freedom ’90 and Careless Whisper, specifically). Those songs (Father Figure, Faith) George Michael solo. There was Wham Freedom and George Michael Freedom, FYI. Freedom ’90 George Michael had all of those models in the video. Wham song completely diff.”
Kim: “I bow to the QUEEN OF WHAM.”
I’m not sure what being the “Queen of Wham” entails! Wham!, specifically their Make it Big album, was pretty much was part of my eighth grade “soundtrack.” I used to sing Careless Whisper by my locker along with this girl named Melissa, with whom I was friendly only because her locker was right by mine. Oh what joy to be an eighth grader when your high school experiences began in ninth grade. You got to be king…or should I say “queen” of the school for a while! High school upperclassmen/upper classwomen wouldn’t let us get away with this nonsense in high school!
I’m pretty sure being “Queen of Wham!” means that George Michael’s Wham! partner Andrew Ridgeley has to be my errand boy…and maybe I would have this as a poster on my wall…(which Kim would love! Honestly, I loved George Michael as a singer when I was a teenager, but I really didn’t think he was all that cute (though his eyes were pretty nice). Now Michael Hutchence from INXS, on the other hand (swoon)! If I’m going to be queen of anything, I want a scepter! 🙂 And I want my royal subjects to come from far and wide seeking arcane knowledge about this ’80s pop duo! And I would tell them to “Just look it up on the Internet (JK)!”
Later, George Michael would reflect upon his “ass-shaking” experiences from the Faith video. From the song Freedom ’90, on his Listen Without Prejudice album:
Well it looks like the road to heaven
But it feels like the road to hell
When I knew which side my bread was buttered
I took the knife as well
Posing for another picture
Everybody’s got to sell
But when you shake your ass
They notice fast
And some mistakes were built to last
RIP George Michael! You had such a fantastic voice…anyone who claims to be one of your “subjects” really needs to listen to you singing Kissing a Fool on your Faith album (his singing can’t be beat in this one). In fact, maybe I’ll do that now!