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Too Funky

KIXX Radio pays tribute to a great performer George Michael R.I.P.

George Michael was busy putting the finishing touches to his special documentary film ‘Freedom’. He had discovered some incredible, unseen archive footage and was shooting additional interviews for the project and was supposed to air in March 2017. Unfortunately, what was supposed to be a real treat for fans is now so sad!

‘Too Funky’ is a basic, animalistic plea for sexual activity.

It features a clip from The Graduate; Anne Bancroft‘s line of “I am not trying to seduce you… Would you like me to seduce you? Is that what you’re trying to tell me?”. As an intro of the song and it is repeated during the final crescendo. The song then ends with a sample (“Would you stop playing with that radio of yours? I’m trying to get to sleep”) from an episode of the Tony Hancock Show called ‘The Radio Ham’.

In addition to the music video, fashion designer Thierry Mugler also designed and created the costumes for the models. The video features Michael (but only in short two to three second sections) as a director filming a number of supermodels walking on the catwalk at a fictitious runway show, similarly using the concept he first employed in the video for his 1990 single “Freedom! ’90”.

The models featured in this video were Eva Herzigova, Linda Evangelista, Nadja Auermann, Emma Sjöberg, Estelle Hallyday, Shana Zadrick, Tyra Banks, Beverly Peele, and Emma Balfour. Actresses Julie Newmar and Rossy de Palma, and the performance artists Joey Arias and Lypsinka are also featured. A “making of” video was also created.

The video’s concept was written by Jeff Beasley after attending a benefit fashion show held by Mugler several months before in Los Angeles. Beasley worked at Propaganda Films, the production company where David Fincher directed “Freedom! ’90″—the supermodel video on which “Too Funky” is based. Originally the same models from Fincher’s video were going to be used, namely Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, and Tatjana Patitz. Mugler decided, however, that he wanted new models and only kept Evangelista for the project. The video was produced by Beasley and filmed by Mike Southon.

A rare “alternate edit” of the video includes several male models, including eventual Grey’s Anatomy star Justin Chambers and Oscar-nominated actor Djimon Hounsou, who was discovered by Mugler in Paris, and sometimes can be found online.

Lyrics:

Hey, You’re Just Too Funky For Me
I gotta get inside of you
And i’ll show you heaven if you let me
Hey you just too funky for me
I gotta get inside, (i gotta get inside)
I gotta get inside of you (so when will that be)
I watch your fingers working overtime (overtime)
I got to thinking that they should be mine. Oh!
I’d love to see you naked baby
I’d like to think that sometime maybe
Tonight, if that’s all right, yeah!

(would you like me to seduce you, is that what your trying to tell me?)
(everybody wantsa lover like that) baby
(everybody wants a lover like that) yeah! Yeah!
(everybody wants a lover like that) everybody, everybody
(everybody wants a lover like that)
(everybody wants a lover, everybody wants a lover like that
Everybody wants a lover,everybody wants a lover like that
Everybody wants a lover, everybody wants a lover like that
Everybody wants a lover, everybody wants a lover like that)
(would you like me to seduce you?)
You’re such a, you’re such a
(would you like me to seduce you?) Yeah! Yeah!
(would you like me to seduce you?) You’re such a, you’re such a
Yeah!yeah!

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