“Too Funky” is a song written and performed by English singer George Michael and released by Columbia Records in the United States and Epic Records elsewhere in 1992.
Now, ‘Too Funky’ – Director’s Cut – Thierry Mugler’s original director’s cut of George Michael’s “Too Funky” video has leaked, 23 years after its debut. And it sure is damn spectacular and quite different from the version we have known until now.
History: “Too Funky” was Michael’s final single for his recording contract with Sony Music before he started legal action to extricate himself from his contract. “Too Funky” had been initially earmarked for a follow-up to the album Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 but Michael shelved the idea, instead donating it, along with two other songs, to the project Red Hot + Dance, which raised money for AIDS awareness. Michael subsequently donated the royalties to the same cause. The song didn’t appear on any of Michael’s studio albums, although later it was included on his solo collection Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael.
It features a clip from The Graduate; Anne Bancroft’s line of “Would you like me to seduce you? Is that what you’re trying to tell me?” is repeated during the final crescendo. The song then ends with a sample (“Will you stop playing with that radio of yours. I’m trying to get to sleep”) from an episode of the Tony Hancock Show called ‘The Radio Ham’. The line was spoken by actress Annie Leake.
In addition to the music video, fashion designer Thierry Mugler also designed and created the costumes for the models. The video features Michael (but only in short two to three second sections) as a director filming a number of supermodels walking on the catwalk at a fictitious runway show, similarly using the concept he first employed in the video for his 1990 single “Freedom! ’90”.
The models featured in this video were Eva Herzigova, Linda Evangelista, Nadja Auermann, Emma Sjöberg, Estelle Hallyday, Shana Zadrick, Tyra Banks, Beverly Peele, and Emma Balfour. And so are actresses Julie Newmar and Rossy de Palma, plus the performance artists Joey Arias and Lypsinka.