“Like I’ve said before, I have a high school education, I didn’t go to college, I skipped out on college to do music, and so now the only thing I really know how to do is this. Which is a good and a bad thing, I guess? We’ll see how this record goes.”
This week, Billboard is celebrating the music of 20 years ago with a week of content about the most interesting artists, albums, songs and stories from 1998. Here, writer and former MTV VJ John Norris looks back on George Michael's audacious "Outside" single and video, the stir it caused at the time, and how it holds up two decades later.