Got to Have Faith
Updated at the Bottom
Like everyone else, I felt sad when I heard on Christmas that George Michael died. As a Gen-Xer, it is my duty to make the next generation care about our 80s idols. While I have done an excellent job on the video game/book/movie front, I have not really driven home the greatness of 80s music, though the twins know George Michael from being subjected to “I Love the 80s” weekends on 97.1 FM.
The part I always try to drive home to the kids is how risqué Faith was back in 1987. The video for “I Want Your Sex” is fairly tame by today’s standards, but I remember a huge divide between kids whose parents allowed them to listen to it and those who had to listen to the radio edit version. One day an older girl walked down the aisle of the bus, asking every kid if their parents allowed them to play the song at home. Not only did I have the song, but my parents owned the VHS tape of all the videos from Faith. Did that make me cool? I believe the answer is yes.
There were a lot of “I hate you, 2016” posts on Facebook this weekend, but it’s not as if there has ever been a year without a slew of artists dying. This is not a uniquely terrible year; it is just a year. I mean, in terms of celebrity death. For many other reasons, it’s okay to say I hate you to 2016.
Right now, I’m just trying to have faith. We all have got to have faith-a-faith-a-faith. Thank you, George, for the good music.
And now Carrie Fisher has died. This really has been a horrible end of year.