Authorization

Producer's 'tears' over George Michael song

Producer's 'tears' over George Michael song

Media playback is unsupported on your device
Chris Evans introduces the world premiere of George Michael's first posthumous single
Producer Nile Rodgers has admitted to feeling "uncertainty" about working on George Michael's new single.Fantasy, a remix of a 1980s outtake, premiered on Radio 2 on Thursday.Rodgers' confession came in response to a fan who expressed "mixed feelings" over the song's release, eight months after Michael's death."You SHOULD have mixed feelings," he said on Twitter. "No one's heart was dragged through emotional ambiguity more than mine."Rodgers said he approached the remix with "tears, uncertainty, happiness & #LOVE".
Skip Twitter post by @nilerodgers
You SHOULD have mixed feelings. No one's heart was dragged through emotional ambiguity more than mine.Tears, uncertainty, happiness & #LOVE https://t.co/8cX4efAX1o— Nile Rodgers (@nilerodgers) September 7, 2017
Report
End of Twitter post by @nilerodgers
Skip Twitter post 2 by @nilerodgers
This process was extremely emotional for me. We were such massive fans of each other's work. #Christmas2016 was very sad. https://t.co/u2pNW7tEzM— Nile Rodgers (@nilerodgers) September 6, 2017
Report
End of Twitter post 2 by @nilerodgers
Fantasy sounds vastly different to the version that was released as a b-side in 1990, and later as a bonus track on 2011's deluxe version of the Faith album.The tinny 80s production of the original has been completely overhauled in favour of a slinky funk groove, featuring Rodgers' choppy guitar rhythms and championing Michael's soulful harmonies.On first listen, it appears some of the vocals are alternate takes to the previously released version.
Obituary: George Michael
George Michael: Six songs that defined his life
Why George Michael was a master craftsman of pop
But while it is refreshing to hear Michael's voice on the radio again, the track still feels more like an offcut than an undiscovered gem. The decision to create a new "hook" from speeded-up samples of the star's vocals also feels like a rare mis-step for Rodgers, whose production credits include Madonna, David Bowie and Duran Duran.
"Fantasy was originally meant to be on Listen Without Prejudice and was intended to be one of the singles from the album, but somehow it got lost in the ether," Michael's manager David Austin told Radio 2's Chris Evans in a letter, which the broadcaster read out on his breakfast show.While working on a reissue of Listen Without Prejudice before his death, he revisited the song and decided it could become a single."George phoned up Nile Rodgers, his good pal, in early 2016 because the two of them have always spoken the same musical language, and Nile has reworked the record."News of the single emerged on Wednesday as Michael's sisters Melanie and Yioda posted an update on his official website, saying they will carry on his musical legacy "exactly as Yog would have wanted".Fans embraced the track, and many tweeted about "listening with tears" in their eyes.
Skip Twitter post by @tracey_bellew
Simply beautiful, listening with tears in my eyes. Love you George ??— Tracey Bellew (@tracey_bellew) September 7, 2017
Report
End of Twitter post by @tracey_bellew
Skip Twitter post by @iana_of_orleans
Loving it. Well done George and Nile! Uplifting, fun. So sad George can't be here with us celebrating this release.— iana (@iana_of_orleans) September 7, 2017
Report
End of Twitter post by @iana_of_orleans
Skip Twitter post by @mariaMGodorou
A masterpiece and nothing else ? Loved that so much! #Fantasty @GeorgeMichael & #NileRodgers ...I still shed tears... #NeverForgotten ?— ? Maria T ? (@mariaMGodorou) September 7, 2017
Report
End of Twitter post by @mariaMGodorou
Skip Twitter post by @R1LJP
and that my friends is a lesson in how to fill a dance floor!! ???
Love you George ?#GeorgeMichael #Fantasy @GeorgeMichael— Lisa (@R1LJP) September 7, 2017
Report
End of Twitter post by @R1LJP
But some were less enthusiastic, saying the track sounded "unfinished".
Skip Twitter post by @heavenstobetsie
The "new" George Michael song still sounds unfinished. I love Nile, but he really should have just left it alone.— Debbie M (@heavenstobetsie) September 7, 2017
Report
End of Twitter post by @heavenstobetsie
Skip Twitter post by @All_The_Pies
Also, I'm a bit of a Niall Rodgers and a George Michael fan, but that new song is just over-produced. He's lost the song in the mix.— Sideburns Kev (@All_The_Pies) September 7, 2017
Report
End of Twitter post by @All_The_Pies
Michael, who rose to fame in band Wham!, died last year from heart disease and a build-up of fat in his liver.His body was found by his partner, hairdresser Fadi Fawaz, at his home in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, on Christmas Day.During his career, Michael enjoyed seven number ones on the UK singles charts, including Careless Whisper, A Different Corner, Jesus To a Child and Fast Love.The 53-year-old had 23 top 10 hits, including Faith, Father Figure, Outside and You Have Been Loved.The Fantasy remix will feature on a deluxe version of Listen Without Prejudice Vol 1 / MTV Unplugged, which is set for release on 20 October.
Follow us on Facebook, on Twitter @BBCNewsEnts, or on Instagram at bbcnewsents. If you have a story suggestion email entertainment.news@bbc.co.uk.
BBC Music homepage
BBC Music News LIVE
Music
See also:
Leave a comment
News
  • Latest
  • Read
  • Commented
Calendar Content
«    Ноябрь 2017    »
ПнВтСрЧтПтСбВс
 12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
27282930