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Wham! - Club Tropicana (1983)

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"Club Tropicana" is a song by English pop duo Wham!, released in 1983 on Innervision Records. It was written by members ...

"Club Tropicana" is a song by English pop duo Wham!, released in 1983 on Innervision Records. It was written by members George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley.

Chart performance

The song was released in July 1983 and peaked at no.4 in the UK, going on to become the 39th best selling single of 1983. It was the fourth and final single to be taken from the album Fantastic. Wham! then achieved four UK no.1 singles before splitting at their height in 1986.

Music video

A video directed by Duncan Gibbins was made at Pikes Hotel in Ibiza, owned by Tony Pike with scenes of George and Andrew on the beach, making eyes at bikini-clad girls played by their backing singers Dee C. Lee and Shirlie Holliman. They are also seen relaxing by a pool and sipping cocktails, along with the famous scene of trumpet-playing taking place in the pool itself. A twist in the sexual tension between the two men and two women is revealed at the end, when it turns out that Michael and Ridgeley are airline pilots and Dee and Shirlie are stewardesses.

It was during this trip to Ibiza that George had his first physical homosexual encounter, confirming to himself that he was definitely either gay or bisexual. He confided at first in Shirlie whilst still on the trip, who reassured him that Andrew would be ok with it. The morning after the video shoot finished, George called Andrew to join him and Shirlie in his room at Pike's, and came out to him. Andrew was initially surprised, but ultimately OK with it.

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