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So Weird Back Then

george michael
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May 7th, 2012

If you live with a pre-teen boy, as I do, then you have undoubtedly heard about or seen the viral video, “Sexy Sax Man.” It has 14 million hits on YouTube and has been seen by nearly every boy in my son’s grade, on his soccer team, and in the neighborhood.

The Sexy Sax Man goes to public places wearing tight black pants and the world’s smallest suspenders. He also sports sunglasses, a mustache, and the world’s most unsexy mullet. Then, he jumps on tables, checkout registers, or anywhere he can get the most attention, and plays one riff from Wham’s “Careless Whisper.” You know the tune (and now you can’t get it out of your head – that’s called an earworm… and you’re welcome).

My son made me watch the video and, when I heard the music, I asked him if he had ever heard the original song.

“What original song?”

That was my cue to show him the original Wham video. It is much sexier than “Sexy Sax Man,” but seems much less sexy now than it did in the ’80s – could be that we now know that George Michael was acting (okay, maybe we always knew).

This led me to show him other music videos from the ’80s, which was a fun trip down memory lane for me. But his reply to all this was, “Why was everyone so weird back then?”

It is weird enough that he is now enjoying that 30-year-old song played by the Sexy Sax Man.

Revisit the ’80s via YouTube and watch your favorite videos. How could my son think that big shoulder pads and bigger hair are weird?

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