Shortly after the premiere of George Michael’s latest single, ‘Fantasy’, collaborator Nile Rodgers admitted the process of reviving the song was an “extremely emotional” one.
The new funk-tinged number, which is an update of a 1980s outtake, debuted on Thursday on BBC Radio 2, eight months after the singer’s tragic death.
In response to a tweet that admitted mixed feelings towards George Michael’s newly released material, Rodgers replied: “You SHOULD have mixed feelings.”
“Fantasy” is a great departure from the version that was released as a B-side in 1990, and several years later, appeared on the re-released version of Michael’s Faith album.
“’Fantasy’ was originally meant to be on Listen Without Prejudice and was intended to be one of the singles from the album, but somehow it got lost in the ether,” Michael’s manager David Austin told Radio 2’s Chris Evans in a letter.
Before his death, Michael had been working on a reissue of Listen Without Prejudice and called upon Rodgers to rework the collection. “George phoned up Nile Rodgers, his good pal, in early 2016 because the two of them have always spoken the same musical language, and Nile has reworked the record,” Austin continued.
Michael’s fans flooded Twitter with emotional messages of praise shortly after the song’s debut.