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Wham! – Bad Boys (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on March 18th, 2014

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1983

A. Front

“Bad Boys” was a song by British pop duo Wham! which was a hit in 1983. It was written by George Michael, one half of the duo, and released on Innervision Records.

The song was an energetic but endearing tale of a rebellious teenage lad’s struggle against his parents who are concerned about his late-night activities. Although George wrote and sang it from the teenager’s perspective (he was himself only 19 when he composed it and the character refers to being that age in the song), he also penned a middle eight in which the “parents” (George putting on more “adult” voices) aired their concerns, which included late nights and cigarettes and ultimately asking”Why do you have to be so cruel?”.

It was the third single to be taken from Wham!’s debut album, Fantastic, and reached #2 in the UK Singles Chart, going on to become the 26th best selling single of 1983. At the time, Wham! was projecting a hard, politically motivated image, with “Bad Boys” one of a number of songs projecting a stance of mood and youthful independence, a “soul boy – dole boy” theme. The single was also released in the United States, peaking at #60. It was the duo’s first time on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, although they were listed as Wham!-UK. In the US “Bad Boys” would be the first Wham! 12″ single to be issued with a full color picture sleeve.

“Bad Boys” became the biggest hit from the debut album, although it would be usurped by “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” from the album Make It Big in 1984, which became the first of four UK #1 singles the duo would enjoy. George quickly denounced “Bad Boys” as a song he hated, stating it was “like an albatross round my neck”. The song was famously omitted from the 1997 compilation album If You Were There (The Best of Wham), despite the album including tracks that weren’t even released as singles.

SIDE A:
Bad Boys (12″ Mix) 4:58

SIDE B:
Bad Boys (Instrumental) 3:25

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

U.S. CHART HISTORY:

Year Single Chart Position
1983 Bad Boys U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #60
1983 Bad Boys U.S. Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play #28

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label:Columbia ‎– 44-03933, Inner Vision ‎– 44-03933
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 ⅓ RPM, Single
Country: US
Released: 1983
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop
Credits: Arranged By, Co-producer – George Michael
Engineer – Tony Taverner
Photography By – Chris Craymer
Producer – Steve Brown
Written-By – G. Michael*

NOTES:
From the LP “FANTASTIC”

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

B. Back

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Speed Control: Pro-Ject Speed Box S
Phono Pre-amp: Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Tube: Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
Record Cleaning: VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans: Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

SOFTWARE USED:
Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling: iZotope RX Advanced 2
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Removeal: ClickRepair (DeClick Level 3)
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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24 Responses to “Wham! – Bad Boys (US 12″)”

  1. Stefano Says:

    Super to finally have the instrumental in perfect quality.
    Great series Paul, but everyone told you that already.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thanks Stefano 🙂

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  2. omar Says:

    Thanks Paul. I preferred Club Tropicana to this one. I wish Nothing Looks The Same In The Light was a single as well.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Omar 🙂

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    ric Reply:

    Nothing Looks The Same In The Light is a wonderful smoove groove! I love it!

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  3. Spring Says:

    Cool! Thank you for your super job Paul!!!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Spring 🙂

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  4. Victor Says:

    Love the cover!! 😉

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    Victor Reply:

    Fun song too!! Thank you Paul! 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Victor 🙂

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  5. Todd Says:

    Loving this Wham! series Paul… Will you be venturing into the Make It Big era?

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I’m gonna try Todd 🙂

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  6. André Says:

    Hey Paul, while you’re about it, do ALL of Wham!’s back catalogue! 😉

    Excellent work!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I’m trying to do what I have André 🙂

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  7. NKelly Says:

    Awesome work my friend. Fantastic! And i’m not just referring to the album

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you NKelly 🙂

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  8. Jermajesty Says:

    Thanks Paul – haven’t heard this 12″ mix since I gave away – yes GAVE AWAY my vinyl copy of ‘The Final’ Ltd Ed Double Gold Disc Box Set (which also contained a t-shirt & calendar). 🙁

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Jermajesty. So funny you mentioned The Final Box set I gave away my copy as well it was complete with all the goodies. Now I am trying to track down a complete copy again lol.

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  9. ric Says:

    George Michael said this was a calculated follow-up to Young Guns, and was modeled after Out Comes The Freaks by Was (Not Was). However he was embarrassed by the song and the video.
    Methinks the lady doth protest too much!
    I personally thought it was a great record. But George did say this song about having your life planned out was very true in his case. Perhaps it was the sentiments of the song that turned him off?
    I still think it’s a fab single…almost like a mini-musical of West Side story in under 5 minutes.
    Thanks Paul for your Wham! discography special!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Ric love the “West Side Story” analogy I never thought of it that way but it’s true 🙂

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  10. Michael Says:

    one of these incredible record cover pictures from the 1980s… 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I agree mIchael 🙂

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  11. David Says:

    Fantastic is one of the great albums of the 80’s. Up there with Rio, Into the Gap, and, yes, Thriller.

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  12. Junior Says:

    Classic track from Wham!

    So good to have it in perfect lossless quality. It sounds super on my fiio music player in 24bit.

    Thanks Paul 🙂

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