George Michael Continues to Say Crazy Things, We Enjoy It
I will date myself with this reference, but as a carefree and exuberant young lass, I rollerskated in the Skate Way in Chino, CA, to the song “Jitter Bug” more often than I care to remember. Sometimes in my memories of that distant rink, it’s the only song that’s playing. Creepy, huh?
So imagine my nostalgic delight at this new George Michael interview in the Guardian! GM has a new Christmas single out and a new live tour DVD to hawk, so interviews are to be expected, but wow, what an interview. Here is an amazing sampler of his comments, if you’re too lazy to skim:
- Remarking on the last time he had sat down with journalist Simon Hattenstone: “I was probably more stoned in those days. I was existing on a balance of Starbucks and weed.”
- On channeling Cypress Hill? “In the bad old days, he reckons he was smoking around 25 spliffs a day, and was worried he’d do permanent damage to his voice. ‘I probably do about seven or eight a day now.’”
- Was he smoking crack last year when he was arrested on Hampstead Heath? “Was I? On that occasion? Yeah.”
- On when one should specifically go out looking for anonymous gay sex! “The handful of times a year it’s bloody warm enough, I’ll do it. I’ll do it on a nice summer even–ing. Quite often there are campfires up there. It’s a much nicer place to get some quick and honest sex than standing in a bar, E’d off your tits shouting at somebody and hoping they want the same thing as you do in bed. DyaknowhatImean?”
- On his rather paternal relationship with with personal hero Elton John: “He will not be happy until I bang on his door in the middle of the night saying, ‘Please, please, help me, Elton. Take me to rehab.’ It’s not going to happen.”
- On the public’s rather sordid perception of his life: “Look, if people choose to believe that I’m sitting here in my ivory tower, Howard Hughesing myself with long fingernails and loads of drugs, then I can’t do anything about that, can I?”
- But finally, upon accepting all his trials and tribulations as simply a part of who he is today, at 46: “I don’t even see them as weaknesses any more. It’s just who I am.”
I love this pop music diva because he speaks his mind. But do you think there’s something socially irresponsible for GM to be condoning cruising for anonymous sex, or is he just a free spirit?!
They simply don’t make ‘em like George Michael anymore, do they? Or is Adam Lambert his heir apparent? Sound off in the comments!