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Make It Big

Make It Big

by Wham! Wham!
Make It Big

Make It Big

by Wham! Wham!


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The title was a promise to themselves, Wham!'s assurance that they would make it big after struggling out of the gates the first time out. They succeeded on a grander scale than they ever could have imagined, conquering the world and elsewhere with this effervescent set of giddy new wave pop-soul, thereby making George Michael a superstar and consigning Andrew Ridgeley to the confines of Trivial Pursuit. It was so big and the singles were so strong that it's easy to overlook its patchwork qualities. It's no longer than eight tracks, short even for the pre-CD era, and while the four singles are strong, the rest is filler, including an Isley Brothers cover. Thankfully, it's the kind of filler that's so tied to its time that it's fascinating in its stilted post-disco dance-pop rhythms and Thatcher/Reagan materialism -- an era that encouraged songs called "Credit Card Baby." If this dichotomy between the A-sides and B-sides is far too great to make this essential, the way Faith later would be, those A-sides range from good to terrific. "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" is absolute silliness whose very stupidity is its strength, and if "Everything She Wants" is merely agreeable bubblegum, "Freedom" is astounding, a sparkling Motown rip-off rippling with spirit and a timeless melody later ripped off by Noel Gallagher. Then, there's the concluding "Careless Whisper," a soulful slow one where Michael regrets a one-night stand over a richly seductive background and a yearning saxophone. It was an instant classic, and it was the first indication of George Michael's strengths as a pop craftsman -- which means it points the way to Faith, not the halfhearted Edge of Heaven.

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Product Details

Release Date: 02/06/1985
Label: Epic Europe
UPC: 5099746557621
catalogNumber: 4655762
Rank: 7117


  1. Wake Me up Before You Go-Go
  2. Everything She Wants
  3. Heartbeat
  4. Like a Baby
  5. Freedom
  6. If You Were There
  7. Credit Card Baby
  8. Careless Whisper

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wham!   Primary Artist
George Michael   Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
Andrew Ridgeley   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Anne Dudley   Keyboards
David Baptiste   Saxophone
Hugh Burns   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Danny Cummings   Percussion
Deon Estus   Bass
Dean Estes   Bass
Tommy Eyre   Keyboards
Colin Graham   Trumpet
Steve Gregory   Saxophone
Trevor Morrell   Drums
Trevor Murrell   Drums
Chris Parren   Keyboards
Andy Richards   Keyboards
Paul Spong   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Isley Brothers   Composer
Ernie Isley   Composer
George Michael   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Andrew Ridgeley   Composer
Chris Jasper   Composer
Marvin Isley   Composer
O'Kelly Isley   Composer
Ronald Isley   Composer
Rudolph Isley   Composer
Chris Porter   Engineer

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