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← George Michael on Freedom

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Showing Revision 2 created 03/28/2017 by Alexandre Clemente.

  1. (tape rewinding)
  2. (funky music)
  3. - [George Michael] I've always had
  4. a very strange sense of my own future.
  5. And as a child, even though I had no idea
  6. that I could write or
    sing, I was convinced
  7. that I was going to be a pop star.
  8. I had no real inclination
    to shout about it,
  9. because I just felt it
    was going to happen.
  10. I don't think it was until
    we made the album Make It Big
  11. that I actually accepted
    that I was a singer,
  12. I was gonna be a singer
  13. that could actually get
    some respect from people.
  14. (cheering)
  15. ("Everything She Wants" by Wham)
  16. ♫ Oh
  17. ♫ Oh yeah
  18. - [Joe Smith] When the decision
    was made that you wanted
  19. to go on your own, what do want to be?
  20. - [George] We could've just
    kind of kept on being Wham
  21. and me gradually making
    George Michael records,
  22. but that would've been
    a real sham, you know.
  23. Everyone is right now expecting me
  24. to move into the kind of artist
  25. that they've been comparing me to
  26. for the last couple
    years, i.e. another Elton.
  27. But I do have the advantage of youth.
  28. I'm gonna make two types of music.
  29. One is the type that people
    are expecting me to make,
  30. because it's really what I'm best at.
  31. And well, I would imagine
    whatever happens from now on,
  32. I'll probably be remember the most for
  33. is my songs in terms of structured balance
  34. and stuff like that, with strong melodies.
  35. ("Careless Whisper" by George Michael)
  36. ♫ The way I danced with you
  37. ♫ Oh
  38. You know, I've done that.
  39. I've done Careless Whisper.
  40. But also, there's a kind of sexuality
  41. that I haven't really made the most of
  42. with the first part of my career.
  43. I suppose, obviously, as a
    22 year old, 23 year old,
  44. obviously I'm more experienced sexually
  45. than I was as an 18 year
    old, so maybe it's time
  46. for that to start reflecting in the music.
  47. (funky dance music)
  48. - [Joe Smith] What was the
    China experience like?
  49. - [George] It was pretty
    horrendous, actually.
  50. The idea of playing to those people,
  51. being the first people to
    play real Western pop music
  52. to those people, was a great privilege.
  53. It was just that the
    place is so oppressive,
  54. you know, the actual atmosphere.
  55. We played two concerts, that's all we did.
  56. One in Beijing, which is in, or Peking.
  57. And what happened, basically,
  58. was that we opened with a black dj.
  59. And this guy did just about
    everything that a dj could do.
  60. He did break dancing, he spun the records,
  61. and scratching, and everything.
  62. People were jumping, and
    then they're out their seats.
  63. He ran around the auditorium
    dancing and stuff to our music.
  64. The people were kissing him
    and tryin' to dance like him.
  65. It was absolutely brilliant.
  66. And there was about a 15
    minute break before we came on.
  67. There was an announcement,
    obviously in Chinese,
  68. so we didn't understand it at
    the time, made to the audience
  69. that there was to be no dancing
    for the rest of the evening,
  70. they want people to remain in their seats.
  71. So we went out and played
    to nothing, you know.
  72. We went out and played to
    13,000 people sitting down.
  73. ("Everything She Wants" by Wham)
  74. ♫ Tell me why all I need is you, you, you
  75. There was one funny thing,
    (cheering)
  76. actually, is that when you actually tried
  77. to get the audience to clap,
  78. they have no perception
    of clapping in rhythm.
  79. So you'd clap,
    (clapping)
  80. and they would just applaud you.
  81. (laughing)
  82. Everyone was smiling,
    but basically we just,
  83. first, the first feeling was of failure,
  84. that there was no way
    we could communicate.
  85. Then, there was, when
    we actually found out
  86. what had gone on, I was just furious.
  87. I mean obviously I felt
    responsibility at the time
  88. to represent my generation
    from the West in a good light,
  89. and pop music in a good light.
  90. I felt that was what we were there to do.
  91. And after that, realizing that
    they had no real intention
  92. of allowing people to
    absorb what we were doing,
  93. I just felt really betrayed.
  94. (funky dance music)
  95. I suppose what I really want is to be able
  96. to do what I want creatively,
    succeed publicly, and be able
  97. to progress without screwing
    the rest of my life up.
  98. That's the way I see it, really.
  99. In 10 years time, I think I could be
  100. a very, very big star, as
    opposed to just a star.
  101. And although there is that
    half of me that wants it,
  102. there is another half of
    me that's very frightened
  103. of it as well, because I don't think
  104. it has a good effect on people's lives.
  105. I don't want to be dragged
    into the kinda down sides
  106. of this business that
    are so easy to fall into.
  107. I mean, I'm very excited about the future,
  108. but at the same time it worries me.
  109. (fun dance music)
  110. I've had songs swimming around
  111. in my head for about two years.
  112. I just keep the songs and
    the arrangements in my head.
  113. And it's very, very silly in
    one sense, 'cause, I mean,
  114. I might go and bang my
    head tomorrow or something.
  115. And I, where's wood?
  116. There's no wood to touch.
  117. (murmuring)
  118. (knocking)
  119. Touch wood! (laughing)
  120. I don't, but, I mean, I might go
  121. and have a nasty fall
    or somethin' and lose,
  122. you know, an album's worth of material.
  123. But I have this thing
    that if it's in my head
  124. and it's still there,
    it's because it's meant
  125. to be there, you know.
  126. I have kind, it's like a superstition.
  127. (tape rewinding)