Thierry Mugler’s Original Unseen Video for “Too Funky” Leaked 21 Years Later


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‘Too Funky’ – Director’s Cut – Thierry Mugler’s original director’s cut of George Michael’s “Too Funky” video is pretty spectacular. It differs quite a bit from the official clip, which focused on a few models strutting down a runway. Compared to the official version, this original take, directed by the fashion designer, had many more models featured (female and male) and an arguably more coherent storyline.

“Too Funky” was initially earmarked for a follow-up to the album Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1. The Vol. 2 was originally intended to be a dance-focused album.


But Michael shelved the planned Vol. 2 after the commercial disappointment of the Vol. 1 album. He then engaged in a bitter legal battle with his record company, accusing them of not properly promoting the Vol. 1 album and asking them to release him from his contract. “Too Funky” became Michael’s final single for his recording contract with Sony Music before he started legal action to extricate himself from his contract.

With Vol. 2 shelved, Michael instead donated ‘Too Funky” and a couple of other songs to the charity album Red Hot + Dance intended to support activities to raise AIDS awareness. Released on July 7, 1992, the charity album was produced by the Red Hot Organization, an organization dedicated to raising money and awareness to fight the onslaught of HIV/AIDS.

Michael was instrumental in bringing the Red Hot + Dance project to fruition and the album was notable for featuring three new songs by him. The other two songs he gave to the album were “Do You Really Want to Know” and “Happy.” Other artists that contributed tracks to the charity album included Madonna (‘Supernatural’, Original Arms House Mix), Seal (‘Crazy,’ If I Was Trev Mix), Lisa Stansfield (‘Change,’ Metamorphosis Mix), among others.


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