Let's Make Mixtapes

Keeping your childhood pop icons alive…even the ones you thought were dead.

Remember where you were in 1986? I’ll do the math: 31 years ago. I’m certain you’d just picked up the album Revenge by Eurythmics (released a few days prior–see our “Dropped” post about them for more), and you were either playing with your Pound Puppies and Cabbage Patch dolls or buying them for your kids who couldn’t make it through the long summer without them to hold and love.

pound-puppies

Either way, I hope you were stepping out in your favorite frosted denim shorts and heading to your local record store (or, I suppose, Wal-Mart, which would reach nearly 2,000 stores by the end of the year–they’re now at about 12,000) to purchase the third and final album by Wham!Music from the Edge of Heaven. The album, released on this day in 1986 and only in the North America and Japan would crack the top ten and be the last album produced by band members George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley. (Another album, The Final, was released at the end of May of the same year and contained many of the same songs as Edge but is typically considered a “greatest hits” album.)

Edge (and/or The Final) would spin off several singles, including “I’m Your Man” and “Edge of Heaven” plus the song your children’s children will be singing along to, “Last Christmas.” But it’s the following song that makes our eyebrows raise and reminds us why George Michael would go on to have such a successful solo career…

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