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Trax FM Blog January 2017

January 2, 2017

So…2017 hopes to bring us better news…Let’s hope so! Just after our last blog post, we lost Alphonse Mouzon & George Michael. In regards to George, if, (like a lot of the Trax FM DJ’s), George Michael meant a lot to us. Yes, some would say Wham where very cheesy, (George admits this). However the stuff George subsequently wrote and produced was and is brilliant. It seemed George seemed to free himself of the shackles of record label corporatism and started to produce some good soul and dance.

George’s last album, (Patience - 2004), in which George was clearly out spoken against the invasion of Iraq. Maybe it’s time for all high profile artists to sometimes speak out on issues that really affect all of us?

Any way, in regards to George’s opinion on the invasion of Iraq, here is an interesting fact. In February 2003, Michael unexpectedly recorded another song in protest against the looming Iraq war, Don McLean's "The Grave". The original was written by McLean in 1971 and was a protest against the Vietnam War. Michael performed the song on numerous TV shows including Top of the Pops and So Graham Norton. His performance of the song on Top of the Pops on 7 March 2003 was his first studio appearance on the programme since 1986. He ran into conflict with the show's producers for an anti-war, anti Blair T-shirt worn by some members of his band. In response, Don McLean issued a statement, through his website, praising Michael's recording: "I am proud of George Michael for standing up for life and sanity. I am delighted that he chose a song of mine to express these feelings. We must remember that the Wizard is really a cowardly old man hiding behind a curtain with a loud microphone. It takes courage and a song to pull the curtain open and expose him. Good Luck George."

 

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