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Just now, Crux said:

Why are people talking about Janet? :megamanson:

Because I made the mistake of mentioning her name and saying I'll be sad when she dies. Apparently that's disrespectful to Madonna. Don't you know you can only like one female at a time?

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^ Oh, I like to pretend that song never happened. :lol:

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23 minutes ago, billiejean said:

Such precious memories, were you a model, it looks like a snapshot from a magazine!

:inlove:

I know, I was just thinking how this musicians and their videos on MTV shaped us in very strong ways, we all were feeling and experiencing art in a similar way and at the same time. 

The pic was just a regular vacation one, i took the pic from a traditional printed one from 32 years ago... 

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9 minutes ago, Diversity83 said:

Because I made the mistake of mentioning her name and saying I'll be sad when she dies. Apparently that's disrespectful to Madonna. Don't you know you can only like one female at a time?

janets a beast. 

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28 minutes ago, Diversity83 said:

Janet is important to me. I don't care if no one will care when she dies. But knowing the media and people in general that won't happen. All of a sudden people will care about her and say they loved her since they were 5. MJ and Whitney were constantly made fun of and raked over hot coals by the media and the general public much like Madonna is now but she doesn't get it as bad. She's not on drugs or wrapped up in a court scandal. Then when they died they were all of a sudden the King and Queen and geniuses who invented sound and everyone was a fan since they were 5. Watch Madonna's MJ speech from 2009. She explains how this happens. Pathetic. 

not me, ever.  shes bloated, her voice is inaudible, shes a drill team 'dancer'. she had a few cute hits and thats it. 

her drug is food.  shes a jackson which equates - HABITUAL LIAR.  they never tell the truth.  round up:  shes horrible. 

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Janet is MJ, Prince, Paula, Renee,Jimmy&Jam.

Actually there are no "Janet".

Prefer LaToya tbh. I guess she's an 80's icon too, if "Janet" is.

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I never connected to Janet too but I understand she has fans. Anyways I really loved Prince, Whitney and Bowie but above all George. I loved all his albums post 1996, his peak creatively was 1996-2004. He was the most similar to Madonna, cause like her he evolved and became better songwriter and musician and singer as the time went by. Strangely the Songs from the last century were miles better sung by him compared to their originals. 

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I can't believe it. So sudden and on Christmas day on top of that. 2016 was such a shitty year, i can't wait for it to be over, hope 2017 will be better.

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1 hour ago, Diversity83 said:

Janet is important to me. I don't care if no one will care when she dies. But knowing the media and people in general that won't happen. All of a sudden people will care about her and say they loved her since they were 5. MJ and Whitney were constantly made fun of and raked over hot coals by the media and the general public much like Madonna is now but she doesn't get it as bad. She's not on drugs or wrapped up in a court scandal. Then when they died they were all of a sudden the King and Queen and geniuses who invented sound and everyone was a fan since they were 5. Watch Madonna's MJ speech from 2009. She explains how this happens. Pathetic. 

Yes the 2000s were especially horrible for them. Fortunately, I knew and loved them and their music before they passed. Janet had an uptick in reception the last few years too. It's good for her to hear it now though but I'd still say she's under-appreciated. As for Madonna, she knows how to constructively deal with her vices and the media and no substance abuse problems and she keeps herself healthy which keeps her going.

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Omg. This thread is for George. You hate hate Janet. I get it. Gawd

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17 minutes ago, elijah said:

I never connected to Janet too but I understand she has fans. Anyways I really loved Prince, Whitney and Bowie but above all George. I loved all his albums post 1996, his peak creatively was 1996-2004. He was the most similar to Madonna, cause like her he evolved and became better songwriter and musician and singer as the time went by. Strangely the Songs from the last century were miles better sung by him compared to their originals. 

Most of his songs that I like most are from that period too! I think if I had a favorite album from him I'd be Older. Patience was great too and I'd say a bit ahead of its time at that point in 2004

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59 minutes ago, Pud Whacker said:

not me, ever.  shes bloated, her voice is inaudible, shes a drill team 'dancer'. she had a few cute hits and thats it. 

her drug is food.  shes a jackson which equates - HABITUAL LIAR.  they never tell the truth.  round up:  shes horrible. 

This. So true.

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RIP George Michael. 2016 must have been one of the worst years in history. 

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They were filming a tv movie about his life.. and he was helping with it. Im hoping he gave them enough info to do it well. It will be the only bio with his help.

 

RIP GEORGE MICHAEL. 

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1 hour ago, Pud Whacker said:

not me, ever.  shes bloated, her voice is inaudible, shes a drill team 'dancer'. she had a few cute hits and thats it. 

her drug is food.  shes a jackson which equates - HABITUAL LIAR.  they never tell the truth.  round up:  shes horrible. 

:lmao:

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1 hour ago, Diversity83 said:

Omg. This thread is for George. You hate hate Janet. I get it. Gawd

:rotfl: I gotta laugh. 

 

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2 hours ago, Crux said:

^ Oh, I like to pretend that song never happened. :lol:

I love it. It reminds me so much to German techno from the late 90s, early 00s, like Schiller, for example. So dark and melodic. Beautiful. And the lyrics are so delicate and great. 

 

I'm alive I'm alive...
And I've got so much more that I want to do with the music
Was it music that saved me?
Or the way that you prayed for me?
Guess either way, I thank you I'm alive

Hotel Motel makes it clear
One more voice we will never hear again
But maybe he just wanted to be free
And I don't know what the hell, what the Gods,
What the f*ck I'm saying half the time
But something divine, oh divine
Brought me back to you and I know it

So I just kept breathing my friends
Waiting for some God to choose
Saying this ain't the day that it ends
'Cause there's no white light and I'm not through
I'm alive I'm alive...
And I've got so much more that I want to do
Was it music? Was it science that saved me?
Or the way that you prayed for me?
Guess either way I thank you I'm alive

And tomorrow is mine, I said tomorrow is mine
Said I just got to keep on breathing
I said no, don't let go breathing breathing...
Got to keep on, got to keep on, got to keep on
I just got to keep on breathing
I'm alive I'm alive...
And I've got so much more that I want to give
Was it music? Was it science that saved me?
Or the way that you prayed and prayed for me
Well I thank you I'm alive yeah

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This topic is for George Michael who only died yesterday.   Save the like and dislike for Janet for her own thread.  Not the time nor place. 

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1 hour ago, johnpaul911 said:

They were filming a tv movie about his life.. and he was helping with it. Im hoping he gave them enough info to do it well. It will be the only bio with his help.

 

RIP GEORGE MICHAEL. 

wasn¬īt it an special documentary for the re¬īrelease of LWP next year?

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Such a tragedy. Faith is one of the most flawless albums of the 80s. George was a pioneer and will be remembered as an icon. RIP!

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Terrible if this turns out to be true. The publicist statement made it seem, to me anyway, he was surrounded by loved ones when he passed. :sad:

 

'I found him dead in bed': George Michael's hairdresser lover(Fadi Fawaz) tells how he discovered his boyfriend's lifeless body

  • Popstar Michael was found in his bed and his former manager said he died as a result of 'heart failure'
  • Police have announced that they are not treating the musician's death as suspicious

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RIP George, such sad news, especially on Christmas Day. Me and my family have been listening to him all day. BBC Radio 2 have done a great job at remembering him today.

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1 hour ago, 80sKing90 said:

Most of his songs that I like most are from that period too! I think if I had a favorite album from him I'd be Older. Patience was great too and I'd say a bit ahead of its time at that point in 2004

Mine is Older too. PERFECT! But I adore Patience too! I m so sad that I ll never hear new GM album ever again or see him live again :(

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Yesterday afternoon,  one of our radio stations played George Michael and Wham songs continually for about 8 hours and also took calls from fans of his.  Just hearing his wonderful music,  beautiful voice,  huge hits and great album tracks confirmed what an exceptional talent he was.  He also had the gift of singing with feeling and passion while staying on the melody.  Incredible singer and song-writer. 

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19 minutes ago, jazzyjan said:

Yesterday afternoon,  one of our radio stations played George Michael and Wham songs continually for about 8 hours and also took calls from fans of his.  Just hearing his wonderful music,  beautiful voice,  huge hits and great album tracks confirmed what an exceptional talent he was.  He also had the gift of singing with feeling and passion while staying on the melody.  Incredible singer and song-writer. 

You said it all really Jazzy. He was so wonderfully talented. 

GM passing away is a big loss. I still can't believe it.

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1 minute ago, StrawberryBounce12 said:

You said it all really Jazzy. He was so wonderfully talented. 

GM passing away is a big loss. I still can't believe it.

StrawberryBounce,  I feel the same.  I knew he had been sick previously but it really stunned me to hear that he had died. 

The tributes to him have been beautiful.   Debbie Gibson did a lovely blog post about him which was really touching.  I know it is such a long piece to be posting but is worth reading and straight from her heart. 

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By now everyone has heard the news‚Ķ. and, my first reaction was ‚ÄúNo‚Ķ not George!‚ÄĚ We have lost so many greats as of late and all have impacted me, but quite possibly none more than George Michael. Let me tell you why.

I was 13 years old when I got my Tascam 4 track recorder in my garage. I was multi track recording with a sequencer, splicing tape‚Ķ I didn‚Äôt know what I was doing except for the fact that I was making music as I heard it in my head. I‚Äôm not sure if I knew what the word ‚Äúproducer‚ÄĚ meant at the time. Then, along came Wham!

I will never forget the day I got home from school and turned on MTV and there it was. ‚ÄúWake Me Up Before You Go Go,‚ÄĚ quite possibly THE catchiest pop song I had EVER heard! As a pop fan and a budding songwriter, I was beyond inspired. I announced to my family I had a new favorite group. The posters went up on my garage studio wall. And, as I struggled to write what I felt were ‚Äúhits,‚ÄĚ my Mom sited ‚ÄúCareless Whisper‚ÄĚ as an example of a writing realm I had not yet ventured into. Suddenly, my own song was emerging with the minor key and haunting melody, epic sax solo, and even the concept of the title not being the obvious hook, but a phrase pulled from the middle of the song. As kids, we are directly influenced by whatever is going on in pop culture and George was among a short list of artists, which also included Madonna and a handful of others, who I was directly emulating in my formative years.

A lot of my friends made fun of me for liking Wham! A boy I liked walked into school one day and gave me all of his Wham! records and memorabilia because he was now into Depeche Mode saying they were far cooler than Wham! My love for Wham!, but namely the talents of George Michael, never wavered. When I saw ‚ÄúWritten and Produced by‚Ķ‚ÄĚ on those records, it was the very thing that let me know that it was possible for me to do the same. I knew that he was channeling music without any outside interference and that notion captivated me. A man, his keyboards, a microphone‚Ķ In my vision of George Michael in the studio, there wasn‚Äôt even an engineer present (though I am sure there was, which is a testament to how unadulterated and intimate the music was.) I knew he did not run these songs by a committee of execs who weighed in on his every note and nuance. I just knew. And, I respected the heck out of him for it. I wanted to be like him. He was the marker for me in my own musical compromise meter. I learned to be musically pure from George Michael.

George did not share details of his personal preferences in his early career. And what did that matter anyway? We were all in love with his essence and his voice. His voice had that tone that was so unique to him that if you were driving by another car on the freeway blasting his music out the window at 90 MPH you would know that TONE. The late great Ahmet Ertegun once cited that as the very thing that made so many of the greats great‚Ķ To have a tone that is absolutely one of a kind that it pierces your soul leaving a mark forever‚Ķ that you knew anywhere. His rich and resonant tone had that unmistakable ‚Äúthing.‚ÄĚ

At 14 years old, before I was signed to Atlantic Records, I called into WPLJ in NYC to try to win tickets to see Wham! in Philadelphia. I was a die-hard pop radio and music FAN. Lo and behold I was the 95th caller, and my sister Karen and I were off on the ‚ÄúWhamtrack to Philly!‚ÄĚ En route, it was all Wham! all the way. Music, contests, t-shirt giveaways‚Ķ I was in Wham! heaven! We were on the stadium floor amongst the masses, but I made my way to a spot in the stadium where I could call to George in the wings and I got a wave from him! It was all I talked about for ages. The concert was amazing. His presence was at once cool, magnetic and powerful! His voice soared. Chaka Khan was the opening act. Who could have followed her vocally? George Michael. Just three short years later, I would be whisked off on the Westwood One Radio Jet to visit with George backstage before one of his concerts. My ‚ÄúMomager‚ÄĚ Diane and my younger sister Denise were with me at the time. I was already becoming known to the pop audience, but in that moment I was a teenaged girl‚Ķ one who won tickets to see her idol and was about to meet him. I mean I had his posters on my wall! I was freaking out! He was super gracious and invited me to sit with him backstage in the catering hall to eat dinner before his performance. I could barely function. I was SO nervous, though he was super down to earth ‚Äď albeit introverted ‚Äď and, did everything within his power to set me and my family at ease.

I would continue to follow his career and draw on his productions and arrangements for inspiration. I had another opportunity to hang out with him after one of his big concerts in LA. His managers Michael and Terry Lippman hosted the after party and I was invited. It was at a house and then something happened to the stereo system. I remember finding myself assisting George in re-wiring the system to try and get the music going again. My friend and longtime dancer/choreographer Buddy Casimano was there and was recently saying that it was a night he would never forget. I never have and I never will. We were laughing and trying to figure out the wiring but could not get the music going. Turns out the plug had fallen out of the socket. My musical producing hero was human! That and a spot of tea in the kitchen with George made for the best Hollywood party I ever went to!

But at the heart of it all is the MUSIC. I know how devastated we all are that such an incredible talent and person has left us so soon, but there is such beauty in art and in the fact that he bared his soul and dared to be an innovator and dared to take a lot of heat for being who he was both personally and musically. He was SO crafty and wrote SUCH unforgettable hooks that it annoyed a lot of people. I love that he kept on writing those hooks and kept on coming at us with his physical and vocal perfection. ‚ÄúFaith‚ÄĚ and the music that followed were his ‚ÄúTold ya so‚ÄĚ to the critics who once made fun of him. With the integrity and sophistication of the post Wham! music, the critics had no choice but to shut up and sing his praises. I have always been proud to say I was never on the post Wham! bandwagon. I was a fan from note one. I know many of you reading this share that same experience. For those with eyes and ears that saw and heard beyond the confines of a 3 minute 45 second snapshot of someone‚Äôs talents and a pin up picture in Smash Hits, the soul of a timeless genius awaited. We Listened Without Prejudice to the future of music. He was always a step ahead.

RIP George Michael. We will all mourn the loss of your presence here on earth and what you would have done next as we celebrate your incomparable talents and the grooves you cut in our hearts that are forever a part of the soundtrack of our lives. 

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1 hour ago, Love Spent said:

Terrible if this turns out to be true. The publicist statement made it seem, to me anyway, he was surrounded by loved ones when he passed. :sad:

 

'I found him dead in bed': George Michael's hairdresser lover(Fadi Fawaz) tells how he discovered his boyfriend's lifeless body

  • Popstar Michael was found in his bed and his former manager said he died as a result of 'heart failure'
  • Police have announced that they are not treating the musician's death as suspicious

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I thought they split up?

Strange how he found the time to tweet amongst everything going on.

I was numb with shock when my Mother died, I couldn't even speak to anyone, let alone go on Twitter.

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