Title - 'Last Christmas' (Split-Colored Vinyl RSD)
Artist - Wham!
Yet another fantastic colored vinyl release is celebrated here on this 30th Anniversary of Wham!'s 'Last Christmas'! The much-covered yuletide perennial penned and produced by George Michael is just perfect for all those collectors found out and about on Record Store Day's Annual Black Friday Event 2014.
This limited edition 12" translucent RED and GREEN vinyl single, which also includes a previously-unreleased instrumental version of the Wham! seasonal classic, is just perfect for Christmas karaoke under the mistletoe!
'Last Christmas' from British pop duo Wham! was originally released on Epic Records in 1984, on a double A-side with 'Everything She Wants'. Originally written and produced by George Michael, it has been covered by many artists since its original release.
In truth, and we all know this, Wham's mid-80's Christmas pop classic was definitely overplayed to the point of intense exhaustion back in the day. But man, is it ever a sweet, sweet taste of great "tasting" ear candy after all these years!
This vinyl version (although, that said, was there ever a CD single version of it?) is a festive bit of visual stimuli also! It features the fab duo - George Michael and Andrew Ridgely - on the front cover photo, wearing a Santa and Rudolph costume, of course!
The 12" vinyl itself is a split-colored RED and GREEN also, so that's just fun in it's own right, ... right?!
The single sold well over a million copies and became the biggest selling single in UK chart history not to reach number one. A year later, it was re-issued for Christmas again (this time without a billed flip-side) and reached number six. A second re-issue at Christmas 1986 — by which time Wham! had split — stalled outside the top 40 though.
The video to 'Last Christmas' shows George Michael and partner Andrew Ridgeley accompanying girlfriends to see friends at an unspecified ski resort — although the cable-car that can be seen in two shots is from Saas-Fee, Switzerland.
It becomes clear early on that the character of Ridgeley's girlfriend (played by model Kathy Hill) was previously in a relationship with Michael, and that the song is aimed at her. She can easily be spotted throughout the video by the fact that she's usually wearing red, while everyone else is wearing more muted colors!