” Wake Me Up Before You Go Go ” is by Wham, the English pop duo formed by George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley. The track was written and produced by George Michael.
The song was released on the 14th of May 1984 by record labels Columbia and Epic. It was taken as the duo’s first single from their second album, Make it big.
Wham recorded the single at Sarm West Studios in Notting Hill London, England. Now known as SARM Studios it was built-in a disused church which had been deconsecrated.
George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley went against the standard way of recording by working from a demo. Instead, George had the song formed perfectly in his head, and so they recorded it straight with accompanying the live band.
George got the inspiration for the song from a note Andrew had left for his mother to wake him up before she left for work. The note read ” Wake Me Up Before You Go Go “.
George was waiting for his friend to go out that evening, after seeing the note he said to Andrew that it would make a great lyric, or even used as a title for a song.
Andrew explained that he’d made a mistake when writing the note and had mistakenly written the word UP twice. So added Go-Go for the error for it not to seem so obvious. The mistake on the note gave Wham the single that finally helped them to break America.
The accompanying video was directed by Andy Morahan, English commercial, film and music video director. He also directed the video for another Wham song ” Everything she wants “, which was the B-side to the Million selling number two single ” Last Christmas “.
The location for the video was Brixton Academy ( Now O2 Academy ) in South London. The former cinema and theatre have hosted many music acts since becoming a music venue in 1983.
Wham perform ” Wake Me Up Before You Go Go ” in t-shirts with “CHOOSE LIFE” to an audience made up of teenagers. Michael also wears luminous gloves in the video. Later he would complain that advertisers would always use him with luminous gloves when advertising the single for compilation Albums.
” Wake Me Up Before You Go Go ” was to be a commercial success for Wham. In the United States, the song entered the Billboard Hot 100 Chart at number eighty on the 8th of September 1984. It reached Number One ten weeks later where it spent three weeks at the top.
In the United Kingdom, the song entered the UK Singles Chart on the 26th of May 1984 at number four and climbed to Number One a week later. It spent seven weeks in the Top Ten and a total of sixteen weeks on the UK chart.
In the United Kingdom, sales of the single reached 790,000 making it the eleventh best-selling single of 1984.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 1
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (Kent Music Report) 1, Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 6, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 1, Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders) 1, Canada (CHUM) 1, Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM) 1, Canada Top Singles (RPM) 1, Europe (Eurochart Hot 100) 1, Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) 3, France (SNEP) 17, Germany (Official German Charts) 2, Ireland (IRMA) 1, Italy (FIMI) 23, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 1, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 2, Norway (VG-lista) 1, South Africa (Springbok Radio) 9, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 1, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 2
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