1996 Song of the Year - "FastLove" by George Michael

by Paul Siciliano

If you have been paying attention, you will notice one common feature of the first 15 winners for the song of the year - they were all female acts.  I admit I love female singers more than men, with some notable exceptions.  It should come as no surprise that George Michael would be the first male to win, because he is an exception (others include RuPaul, *NSYNC, Justin Timberlake, but not much more).   In the next ten years, male singers dominate.

Just before being caught in that men's room in California, George Michael released what I thought was his best album, Older.  Commercially, it was his least successful album at the time.  Also, if you pay attention to the lyrics, you will hear that George Michael actually comes out in the album - not that it was a surprise.  Particularly, the lyrics of "Spinning the Wheel" speaks of his lover sleeping around with the possibility of bringing home the HIV virus. 

"FastLove" was a great upbeat song about easy sex (another pick up on Michael's sexuality).  The lyrics are awesome; the video is cool and showed that Michael could remain fresh even though American audiences turned away.  I remember a few years ago when Michael toured the U.S. after a 20 year absence, and I made it.  Excellent show.