Wham! was a 1980s British pop duo featuring George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley in the early 1980s. They were briefly known in the United States as Wham! UK due to a naming conflict with an American band. The duo sold 25 million certified records from 1982 to 1986.
Michael took on the majority of roles and responsibilities within the band as composer, producer, singer, and occasional instrumentalist. Ridgeley was the group's image specialist and spokesman.
They promoted themselves as hedonistic youngsters, proud to live a carefree life without work or commitment. This was reflected in their earliest singles which, part-parody, part-social comment, briefly earned Wham! a reputation as a dance protest group.
"Wham Rap!" was released in June 1982 and was one of the first singles by a British group to include rapping, and was a double A-side including the Social Mix and the Anti-Social Mix. The record was not playlisted by BBC Radio 1 in the UK, partly because of the profanity in the Anti-Social Mix. Separate videos were recorded for each set of lyrics. "Wham! Rap" did not chart for the group, but in October 1982 "Young Guns (Go For It!)" was issued.
The Top of the Pops performance of "Young Guns" is still considered a watershed moment in the group's history.