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Switched On Pop | Wham! Op. 84 “Last Christmas” (with Chilly Gonzales)
A podcast breaking down the music of pop hits.
Switched On Pop
Published 22 December 2020
George Michael from Wham!

Pop music surrounds us, but how often do we really listen to what we’re hearing? Switched on Pop is the podcast that pulls back the curtain on pop music. Each episode, join musicologist Nate Sloan and songwriter Charlie Harding as they reveal the secret formulas that make pop songs so infectious. By figuring out how pop hits work their magic, you’ll fall in love with songs you didn’t even know you liked.

Wham's 1984 contribution to the holiday cannon, “Last Christmas”, has surprising staying power.

When Grammy-winning pianist Chilly Gonzales set out to record a holiday album, “A Very Chilly Christmas”, most of the selections were over a half century old. That’s because most of our favorite seasonal songs come from the 1960s and earlier. But in addition to Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas”, Wham’s “Last Christmas” reliably returns each winter. Despite the cheesy 80s synths and drum machines, the song’s harmonies are remarkable resilient, a testament to George Michael’s auteur songwriting method.

Celebrated artist known for his solo piano works, collaborations with Feist and Daft Punk, and his musical masterclasses series, Chilly Gonzales—musical genius—AKA “Gonzo”, sits down at the piano to share in the beauty of this nu-classical Christmas love song, as well as a few selections from his new album “A Very Chilly Christmas”.

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