Bad Covers of Bad Songs: Wake Me Up Before You Go Go
When Wham first showed up with ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go Go’ in 1984, it caused a stir for a variety of reasons. First, the video: over-sized Choose Life tshirts, uber tight short shorts, and bleached white smiles that occasionally blinded the cameras. Second, and perhaps most disturbing: it ended the career of ‘cool’ white boy funk Wham (‘Young Guns! Go For It”, ‘Wham! Rap!’, ‘Bad Boys’) and launched a decade of sugary sweet, teen friendly, ‘Careless Whisper’ Wham. As badly as the song has been lampooned by the public and musicians alike, it still continues to make appearances on hugely publicized stages, including American Idol and X-Factor. Not to mention dozens of other TV programs that at some point in time needed a four minute song and dance number that small children could sing and look cute while doing it.
So here we are. The cover. I thought at first these guys were just trying to be jokesters and butcher this tune on purpose. It looks like they’ve got a substantial collection of vids out there, and all of them are just slightly…off. It appears that some of them can sing, but as soon as someone steps up for a solo things go bad. Very bad. See for yourself.