Artist Focus: George Michael

Some artists leave a legacy that stretches far beyond a great single or a number 1 album. 

Artist Focus is a new series hosted by the extended Melodic Distraction family that deep dives into the life and times of the musicians that have defined the sound of modern music. From the stone cold classics to the unearthed gems and forgotten B-sides, our community tribute an hour of music by a single artist that has had a notable impact on their life.

George Michael – known by his real name Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou rose to fame as part of the 80’s band WHAM with Andrew Ridgeley before embarking on a solo career that spanned three decades until his untimely death on Christmas Day in 2016. He was a singer, songwriter, producer, icon and sex-symbol that constantly evolved throughout his career as opposed to ever reinventing himself. The measure of an artist is the legacy that they leave behind, and boy did George leave one.

This week, Kevin from UnknownEnd leads us through an hour of his favourite George Michael songs and what they mean to him along with trying to understand some of the messages George sought to put across to us. In a time that was unrivalled in contemporary imagination, the ’80s are frozen in time as a special hotbed of creativity, one we are unlikely to witness again.