Wham! What not to like? Still trying to work that one out. The cool guitarist, the fantastic lead singer/song writer, the cute backing singers? I got with the program. After all their songs were great, particularly to get you dancing. I was sixteen and thought they were alright.
Don’t get me wrong there were a load of bands at that time that I preferred musically but Wham were fun and where I lived they became a big influence on most young people. Everyone I knew seemed to like something about them, be it their music or the clothes they wore.
Which brings me on to why I am talking about Wham.
They were big news in the UK and this success would soon wing its way around the world. Also, the prompt for musically ranting is fashion. Although I can not see many people thinking that this band inspired any great fashion trend – in my small world, for a brief time they did. Where I lived right from their first appearance on TOTP’s you either fancied them, wanted to dress like them or both.
Wham Wore Shorts and Made it Big
By the time their second studio album was released the very aptly named Make it Big the band’s music was selling like hot cakes. This album was a phenomenal success with songs such as – ‘Wake me up before you go go’, ‘Freedom’ and ‘Careless Whisper’ gracing the vinyl. It was about this time the Wham boys and girls started to wear shorts! And the youngsters from my neck of the woods joined in.
That summer I can remember going out to the pub –( shhh I know I was underage) – and we were all dressed in shorts. This look was casual and sexy what ever your gender. Though I must say I remember my friends mum looking at the girls one day and asking,
“Can your shorts get much shorter?”
And the answer was no. Many times our shorts would have been considered similar to the hot pants in the 60’s. Plus, my girlfriends and I would also don high heels and thought we looked so cool.
I often think back to that year when Wham and me wore shorts 😉 Luckily that summer was very warm so wearing skimpy clothes day and night worked well. I always thought Wham were making a hip fashion statement but I have since learned that their manager had secured them a £50,000 sponsorship with Fila.
Goodness – to be paid to wear shorts and sing! Wham had the lot.
This post was written for the prompt ‘Big’ for Reminiscences and ‘Fashion’ for Musically Ranting. Click the badges below for more about these topics.
Girl in shorts image from Pixabay.