George Michael's "Freedom! The catchy song addressed his struggles with identity, artistic growth and stardom in a meaningful way. And because Michael refused to appear on-camera, the song ended up with an iconic music video that brought the worlds of fashion and entertainment together. Michael didn't want his image used to promote his album Listen Without Prejudice Vol.
'Freedom! '90!' was a big break for many of the crew members
Last year, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of George Michael's music video "Freedom! Naomi, Christy, Linda, Cindy and Tatjana all spoke out about being part of such an iconic music video. Today, as we mourn the death of George Michael and remember his best works, click through to relive the music video that blended the fashion and music worlds together seamlessly.
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The "'90" added to the end of the title is to prevent confusion with a hit by Michael's former band Wham! The song's backing beat is a sample from James Brown 's song " Funky Drummer ". It was the third single taken from Listen Without Prejudice Vol. It was a major hit and peaked at No. The song refers to Michael's past success with Wham!
Mouthing lyrics for the cameras may sound like a pretty easy gig, but it proved to be a tricky challenge. In fact, the models found it easier to sing along, karaoke-style. After rocketing to stardom with the duo Wham! He took a stand: no more photos and no more music videos. That is, until pressure from his record label prompted him to release a video for his single "Freedom! The casting decision came about after the singer saw Peter Lindbergh's portrait of the five women for the January cover of British Vogue. The video was directed by an up-and-comer named David Fincher. Unbeknownst to many of the cast and crew, however, Fincher was simultaneously working on Alien 3 , the movie that would launch his Hollywood career. The rest, as they say, is history.