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14 May 1998 George Michael Pleads no contest and brings the world ‘Outside’

1998 brief story of the dance track Outside, George Michael
1998 brief story of the dance track Outside, George Michael

In the summer of 1998, in a Beverly Hills California courtroom, George Michael pleaded no contest to the charges put forward to him.  Then the world was given ‘Outside

Out of the smoke of ‘the incident,’ George Michael responded in a way only an artist could and he wrote the dance track “Outside” followed by the release of a video, directed by Vaughan Arnell. It received a Silver BPI award (British Phonographic Industry).

The experience also proved to be a milestone in George Michaels own life as he came out publicly as Gay. George spoke at great lengths to the media about his sexuality, about the incident, and won much respect for his openness, honesty, and frankness. 

Sued for $10 million 

A Judge dismissed the case brought against George Michael by the undercover policeman who made the arrest.  

More about the George Michael Track Outside

The track starts out paying a retro peep to 1970s porn movies but fears not; it stops short and soon turns into a humored view of the whole headline situation the star was dragged into. It paints the picture of dancers posed as couples under surveillance. The rest of the dancers appear suggestive and racy but the upbeat disco beat moves along and does not dwell.  Instead, it is lightening the topic before you know it spinning latrines have been glitter balled and George appears as a police officer. It is in a style similar to the YMCA style of disco moves.  The rest of the dancers appear suggestive and racy but the upbeat disco beat moves along and does not dwell. 

George Michael, defiantly one talented artist

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