Like Grandmaster Flash and Coolio, George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley used their song to discuss an important social issue of the day: unemployment. Just because they looked like extras in a Revenge of the Nerds frat party scene didn't mean they weren't hard up. Unfortunately, they don't do the best job of conveying how tough things were. For example, Grandmaster Flash peppered his lyrics with gritty realities from life on the streets.
George Michael, not so much.
Wham! Street cred! Because this is a song about unemployment, George goes on to give very specific instructions about filling out paperwork for getting benefits.
Do you think the Furious Five would help you cut through red tape? Don't count on it.
The key to life is having fun, says George Michael. So he picks up his friend Andrew and they transport themselves to a white space where they can do a jerky elbow dance and wear their leather jackets in peace. Looking back, we get an important lesson from this video: Work is bad for your soul. Every single '80s movie came to the same conclusion. Have fun, live while you're young, be Ferris Bueller, but forever.