Wham! was featured in the December 24, 1983 issue of No. 1 Magazine with George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley on the cover.
Who better to tell you about Christmas parties than Wham, the nation’s best known party people? When they have a good time they REALLY go to town…
Debbi Voller eavesdrops while they spill all the secrets of their dark partying past.
Shirley: My best Christmas ever was three years ago when I spent the day with some old schoolfriends I hadn’t seen in years – all girls together. We all had really boring boyfriends so we escaped round someone’s houses and started drinking. That was about eleven in the morning. We didn’t stop until the three next morning! We got so bad we starting racing down the staircase on our stomachs and chests – without feeling any pain – to see who could get down the fastest, and ended up in a pile on the floor.
George: My parents would be rather offended if I didn’t stay home for Christmas. My mum’s upset enough because she read in a paper that I was supposed to be leaving home altogether. I don’t stay in all day though.
Andrew: …we spend part of it at home. I wouldn’t miss Christmas dinner.
Shirley: Last Christmas Andrew came around with his uncle for drink and I suddenly got very possessive about my wine glass. I was so drunk I wouldn’t let go of it. We went on to Yog’s (George’s) house and I was still holding on to it. Everywhere we went it kept getting filled up!
Pepsi: I usually help my mother at Christmas. I go round and clean the house. It takes about two days – I put up all the decorations and cards and everything. But I wouldn’t be able to do that this year, as we’ll be away in Japan just before Christmas.
Shirley: I’m looking forward to Japan, there might be a lot of parties there. And we’re all having two days rest in Hawaii.
Andrew: I used to get really drunk at all the parties we went to – George gets really embarrassed by me, I really get on his nerves.
George: I get embarrassed for you, you think you’re so funny when you’re drunk. You stand in the middle of a crowd telling boring jokes, laughing at them and slapping your thighs. I always have to carry Andrew home from parties because he’s paralytic. But once I got out of my head and he managed to stay sober. There was a girl at this party who’s been after me for ages and I’d always rebuffed her. But that night I finally asked her out. She refused and said something very insulting. So I glugged down a whole bottle of vermouth…
Andrew: …and he was so sick, I remember he was on his knees in the kitchen going BLUURRGH! He kept falling forward and sticking his head in it.
George: He tried to get me home. I remember him pushing me up against a lamp post and saying, “Hold onto that”. The next thing I knew I saw it shoot away from me and felt this great crack on the back of my head.
I tried to phoning my dad up at three in the morning to see if he’d pick me up. I was going, “Ah, derd, canoooo comund pickmeee uppleez” and he hung op on me.
Andrew: So he stayed round my house and my mum put a bowl out for him…
George: …that was so funny. She said, “D’you want a bowl dear?” Then in the morning she brought me up a glass of Andrews Liver Salts.
Pepsi: I can’t get drunk at parties or my limbs lose control. I’m like a puppet on strings! I envy people who can knock it back. They look as if they’re having a much better time.
Shirley: I like record company Christmas parties. They’re full of old business men so you don’t have to worry about who’s goodlooking or tasty. You just have a really good laugh.
Mind you, we never get bothered by guys at parties. Men are really shy with us. They think that if you’re a pop star you’re bound to be loaded and stuck up.
Pepsi: My birthday’s in December so last year I threw a party with a friend at my flat. We had tin foil all over the windows, balloons everywhere, and we made all the food. Our neighbour came down to complain about the noise but once he saw all the girls he decided to stay!
Shirley: Once I threw a party and several transvestites came. It was so funny because my dad’s great big, butch bloke and he kept kissing their hands because he thought they were women!
Pepsi: Once I had a snooze before one of my parties and didn’t wake up until the guests arrived. I had no make-up on, curlers in my hair, and I was still wearing my night dress. I had to send everyone off to the pub.
I’m loud at parties, I scream and shout at the right parties. But sometimes I dread going to other people’s because you wonder who’s going to be there.
George: I’ve never seen Shirley or Pepsi get really drunk, thank God! But Andrew really scarred me sometimes when I’ve had to try and carry him home. Once we were walking down an alleyway,
it was pitch black and it took us 45 minutes to go about 200 yards. I was sceeming at Andrew. “DON’T LAY DOWN, DON’T LAY DOWN! He’d collapse and say, “Oh just a minute, you don’t understand. Just a little sleeeep…
Shirley: Andrew’s really boring now though. He won’t go out anywhere.
Andrew: I don’t ming in the summer, but it rains in thee winter.
George: But you have a good time when you get there. It’s only a question of running between the car door and the front door…
Andrew: No… I’d rather stay at home and watch videos.
- Last Wham! Interview: No. 1 Magazine (1986)
- An Audience with George Michael: Interview with Chris Evans (1996)
- Wham!’s Last Week, Smash Hit Magazine (July 1986)
- After George Michael Strained His Back (Smash Hits, 1985)
- Wham!: Why We’ve Reached Breaking Point