On December 10, 1999, George Michael was the guest of the morning show at 98.8 Capital FM Radio. This is a 6-part interview by Neil Fox, and the transcript was posted on the Capital FM radio website. Below is Part 2 of the interview:
The charming Mr. Michael joined our inimitable Dr. Fox for a good old chin wag to chat about life, the universe, vicars and big hair…
It was breakfast time, and most of us were just coming to terms with a new day, but these two had been up since the crack of dawn, chatting away like old mates catching up on all the goss…
First they had a chat about George’s latest album, ‘Songs From the Last Century,’ and how he came to make the very difficult choices of what to put on the album, what to leave out and why he made those decisions.
Then it was time to talk about their mutual mate, Robbie, and the pressure that George reckons he’s under to keep rolling out the hits – and he’s been there!
There was a quick prediction for Record Of The Year 1999 and then Foxy tried to pin George down on a ticklish subject – when, oh when are the fans going to be able to see him perform live again!!???
George talks about his fans and how he seems to get one of two very extreme reactions from them when they meet face to face…
Then it was time to talk about the contenders for the Christmas Number One spot… and that’s when George made those comments about Cliff Richard…
Almost time to bid their fond farewells, but before he nipped off for a hearty breakfast, George let Foxy and the listeners in on a his plans for New Millenium Eve and a naughty secret he’s been keeping hidden from us all. Bad boy George!
George & Foxy continue their chin wag with a bit of banter, and some concern, for their old pal, Robbie…
Foxy: Good morning, it’s Friday breakfast, there’s Robbie Williams with ‘She’s The One’. George Michael is our guest this morning, very pleased to have you, George. Robbie Williams – what a year that man’s had. What do you think of him, what do you think of Robbie?
George: I spoke to him the other night, actually.
Foxy: Are you friends with Robbie Williams?
George: Oh yeah, I’ve known him for a long time. I actually got to know him really well the day… from the day after he got chucked out of Take That, because he came down to the South of France the next day with Michael Hutchence and a few other people…
Foxy: To George’s sanctuary.
George: Well, not exactly. He wasn’t visiting me, he just happened to turn up on the beach. This kind of superstar yacht arrived and I was eating on the beach and they all kind of… who was there? Paula and Michael, er, Simon Le Bon and Yasmin and Robbie and somebody else, anyway, they just all came onto this beach – so suddenly it’s like ‘Top Of The Pops’ at lunch, you know…
Foxy: Right, ha ha ha. A strange image.
George: …and that was when I first got to know him. And I really like him, he’s a great guy. I think, erm… from talking to him the other night, I think he’s experiencing that kind of loneliness that you feel when everything’s going absolutely brilliantly but you’re kind of on your own. He’s going through the same thing I did after I split with Andrew.
Foxy: For me, sometimes I feel Robbie’s about to self-destruct. He always seems to be on the edge.
George: Robbie’s was a different story, wasn’t it? Because people kind of presumed that I would go on, and everybody chose the wrong guy out of Take That, basically, which I thought from day one they’d done, and I always thought Robbie had potential because he’s a star.
Foxy: He has come up with some great songs, ‘Angels’ is a fantastic record that America still is not getting at the moment, it’s about number 69 with a bullet or something.
George: Well, America’s not buying British music at the moment. They need people like Robbie, I think Robbie’s a star, he should be a star in America right now.
Foxy: Do you think he will do it?
George: Er… if he plugs away I can’t see any reason why not, y’know?
Foxy: It’s strange.
George: It is strange.
Foxy: Bloody Americans.
George: Well, I’ve got plenty to say on that subject but I’m going to keep my mouth shut right now.
Foxy: Well, now, let’s play another song from the album, let’s play ‘My baby Just Cares For Me’, and actually I just want to ask you to dediacte this record to someone, just for this one play, only because I got this e-mail from, erm… on the telephone the other day, it was on Wednesday, Theresa Given from Eltham is your biggest fan in the world and loves ‘First Time’ but actually we’re going to play this one which is a little bit shorter, ‘My Baby Just Cares For Me’.
George: Did you talk to… I think I heard her.
Foxy: Did you hear her, on Wednesday morning?
George: Yeah, I heard her when you were talking to her.
Foxy: And I said I’ll get George to say hello to you and she said ‘Well, I think I’ll freak out if you do’ so…
George: What was her name again?
Foxy: Theresa Given.
George: Theresa, hello. Good morning.
Foxy: Good morning. Here you go, ‘My Baby Just Cares For Me’ And, er, even Ricky Martin gets a little namecheck in this one, doesn’t he?
George: Absolutely. And by the way, I think really although I’m dedicating this one to Theresa I should really be dedicating this to Kenny, shouldn’t I…
Foxy: You should really.
George: …As he’s standing in the next room.
Foxy: Otherwise you’re going to have a really bad day.
The chaps chat about their predictions for the Christmas Number One and then Foxy tries to pin George down, once and for all, on when we can expect to see him perform live again… all in Part 3…
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