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Wham! – Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do) (Netherlands 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on March 13th, 2014


A. Front

Re-Rip Newly Remastered!

Originally I posted this one on May 24, 2011. But for those who may have missed it or if you are a new reader just discovering BTG. I decided to give this one a new rip with my newer Ortofon Super 30 stylus. This 12″ is also being posted in 24 bit flac for the very first time! The original 12″ that I posted in 2011 was the UK pressing at 45 RPM and did not have a picture sleeve. Since then I obtained the Netherlands pressing which is mastered at 33 ⅓ RPM and includes the original picture sleeve.

This is Wham!’s debut single in with its initial white cover featuring drawings of the bands heads. It features different mixes than the re-release and some lyrics of the “Social Mix” are quite different to other versions/mixes of the song.

“Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do)”‘ is a 1982 song by British pop duo Wham! on Innervision Records. It was written by Wham! members George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley.

The song, which had been tentatively released in June 1982 when Wham! were unknowns and failed to make any impact, was re-issued in January 1983 after the duo had achieved their breakthrough with “Young Guns (Go For It!)”.

Although rap was still an underground and almost exclusively American phenomenon in the early 1980s, as the title implies, George rapped a number of verses about the joys of living every day to the fullest, which meant that being gainfully employed was not an option, and ‘having fun with the boys down the (welfare) line’. The chorus asked the question “Do you enjoy what you do?”, which brought about the bracketed section of the title. The video depicted George and Andrew Ridgeley in their leather jackets, combining their moody image with a bright, effervescent choreography.

Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do) – the full version of which was almost seven minutes long – reached #8 in the UK singles chart, the second of four hits from Wham!’s debut album Fantastic. The duo would go on to enjoy four UK #1 hits before splitting at their height in 1986. On the flip side of their farewell single The Edge of Heaven was an updated version of the song, entitled Wham! Rap ’86.

The song was explicitly political and slightly revolutionary. It flew in the face of the conventional British Left-wing who were talking about the ‘Right to work’ at the time.

Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do) (Unsocial Mix) 6:33

Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do) (Social Mix) 6:42

Vinyl: Near Mint
Cover: Near Mint


Year Single Chart Position
1982 Wham Rap! U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Did Not Chart
1982 Wham Rap! U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play Did Not Chart


Label: Epic ‎– EPCA 12-2442, Inner Vision ‎– A 12.2442
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 ⅓ RPM
Country: Netherlands
Released: 1982
Genre: Electronic, Hip Hop, Pop
Style: Pop Rap, Synth-pop
Credits:Design – XL Design
Producer – Bob Carter
Ridgeley*, Panos (2)

Rear cover lists tracks as:
A. Wham Rap (Enjoy What You Do) Special US 12″ Remix
B. Wham Rap (Enjoy What You Do)

Label lists Side A as the “Social Mix” but plays the “Unsocial Mix” and vice versa.

Printed in Holland.

Find the 12″ on DISCOGS

B. Back

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

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

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

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25 Responses to “Wham! – Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do) (Netherlands 12″)”

  1. Jermajesty Says:

    Awesome!! There’s so many mixes of Wham Rap that have been left to rot, so glad I can get to hear most of them via BTG.

    Is this mix even different from the one you posted previously?

    Does a 33rpm version have better sound, or were you just pointing out the difference? (I thought faster to be better, like tape?)

    Thank you!!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Hi Jermajesty it is the same mixes as before just a different country pressing. I believe 33 RPM sounds better it has more bass definition than 45 RPM. However I am sure someone will disagree. The US 12″ has a different mix and instrumental I hope to post it soon.


    Jermajesty Reply:

    Ooh, can’t wait. 🙂

    Just reading the lyrics on the back sleeve (with 2 spelling errors, lol), it made me wonder if the phrase ‘dole boy’ translates internationally? (Dole being slang for what the US calls welfare). There was high unemployment in the UK when this song came out, a lot of school leavers had no hope of finding a job and were forced to go straight on the dole.

    In hindsight I’ve also loved his line ‘I choose to cruise’, though obviously he didn’t mean it then in the way he might use it now. 😀


  2. Omar Says:

    Thanks Paul for this Awesome remaster . Do u have various remixes of Young Guns as well?


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Yes Omar I have the UK 12″ with a 5:10 mix and the US 12″ with a 6:53 mix and both have “Going For It” as the b-side.


    Hugh Reply:

    could u you post those please………..


  3. Silver Blue Says:

    Thanks for this DJ Paul. Maybe someday you’ll be able to post the 7″ to this. The lyrics on it are different from what was on Fantastic (and I think match what the original 12″ mixes were – aka this post). I found the original mix on the cassette to the soundtrack of “Perfect” with Travolta and Leigh Curtis, but the CD had the rerecording (not the 86 mix, but the “newer” lyrics).


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Silver Blue. I will see what I can come up with I have been looking for a nice near mint copy of the 7″ for a while.


    Hugh Reply:

    ill send u a master cd rip if you like…. i have everything George and Wham!.. im almost at 5000 songs, you name i have it


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thanks for the offer High but I only post my own vinyl rips.


    Hugh Reply:

    understandable….and respect that..


  4. kookoo Says:

    Thank you for the new and improved re-rip. It sounds great. And, your new banner looks great too.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you kookoo 🙂


  5. Stefano Says:

    Another re-rip: I love it! I think this 33 rpm pressing is better than the UK 45 rpm pressing, also because the Dutch record plant of CBS used a better quality vinyl than the UK record plant.

    Waiting for the US 12 inch…

    Thanks Paul.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    I think it sounds better to Stefano 🙂


  6. Spring Says:

    Thank you so much Paul! 🙂
    I just adore this classic song by Wham!
    And as George Michael’s fan I want to reremember this tune before his brand new album “Symphonica” will be released on Monday, March, 17! 🙂


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Great timing the I hope his new album does well even though it’s just a live record.


    Spring Reply:

    Paul, “Symphonica” is not quite ‘live album’ even though its recordings are based on the tour with a symphony orchestra. There will be only 2 tracks with ‘clean’ concert versions (“Idol” and “Let Her Down Easy” – both from Live at Royal Albert Hall, 2011). The remaining 16 songs on the album were rerecorded by George at Air Studios, and then the emotions of the public, taken from actual held concerts were put on them.
    There is no doubt that the album will be successful in Europe. It’s already bestseller in the category ‘Easy Listening’ on Amazon UK on the basis of pre-sales.
    But I think that will be a strong competitor to the album. It’s Kylie Minogue’s “Kiss Me Once” new album which will be released in the same day with George’s album! 🙂


  7. Hugh Says:

    i have a clear copy of the 7inch….master rip cd..

    im playing the symphonica album and its stunning..


    rpm Reply:

    Hi Hugh

    Would you be able to share this mix? (If Paul doesn’t mind?)

    Thanks in advance


  8. Hugh Says:

    could you please up Freedom [long mix] US Version / Young Guns and Club Fantastic Megamix 12″ and 7″…please…


  9. ric Says:

    I love re-rips, Paul. And love it even more when it’s GM re-rips!!!
    Thank you thank you! Looking forward to more.

    Some Wham! Rap trivia…
    A trendy song about unemplyment with non-funk lyrics set to a funk riff – that is George’s idea for this song – via a parody of an ego-rap. Basically this idea would form the genesis of the whole Wham! concept – the name, the humour, the bounce, the feeling, and even the dancing. George felt the first Bob Carter mix was too “white”, resulting in the flop of that initial release.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thanks for the fun trivia Ric 🙂


  10. Junior Says:

    Great record, really catchy pop song from this era.

    Thanks for your re-rips, Paul 🙂


  11. NKelly Says:

    HI Paul. I know you rarely come back to posts weeks later but i hope you see this. Just done some Wham! research and i would suggest if possible posting one of your awesome rips of the later hit version of this as 3 different mixes appeared in 1983 in the U.K. of Wham Rap! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wham_Rap!_%28Enjoy_What_You_Do%29


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