Dr Fox: Thanks for clearing that up. Now, we’re gonna finish off with Careless Whisper, which we have to, and it’s amazing when you see the votes coming in for the hall of fame. Now this year we’ve had a record number of votes, we’ve really been going for it, and it’s incredible how many are voting for Careless Whisper. I know you wrote it when you were very young, it almost seems that…. You’d never had any idea at the time the effect it would have had on people, but that must be the lovely thing about writing a great song, is that the effect it has on people.
George Michael: Well it is, you know I have to say, from my own point of view, I really do take the way a song is received by the public very much to heart. So I have no problem in saying that I enjoy listening to the ones that I know people love. And it does something different to me to hear a record that has done well on the radio, cos it means that you’ve communicated, and that’s really what I wanna do. There are a lot of people that I think making music in a more introverted way, and I think that that makes for some incredible music. But I think my talent is about communicating with people, and if you have a huge record, then it means that you have made that connection. So yeah, I’m constantly amazed by people’s response to Careless Whisper, and constantly grateful for it.
- George Michael Interview with Capital FM Radio with Dr. Fox (Dec 1998)
- An Audience with George Michael: Interview with Chris Evans (1996)
- George Michael’s Interview on Magic FM Radio (2007)
- Jo Whiley’s Inside Track Interview with George Michael (2007)
- A Year in the Life of Wham! as Told by George Michael (Smash Hits Yearbook, 1986)