Single by George Michael
from the album Red Hot + Dance
B-side "Crazyman Dance"
Released 12 July 1992
Format CD single
Length 5:37 (album version)
Writer(s) George Michael
Producer George Michael
"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.
"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.
Lyrically, the song is a basic, animalistic plea for sexual activity.
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.
Music videoDirected by fashion designer Thierry Mugler, the video features Michael (sporadically) as a director filming a number of supermodels, similarly to the video for his 1990 single "Freedom! '90". The models featured in this video are Linda Evangelista, Nadja Auermann, Emma Sjöberg, Estelle Hallyday, Shana Zadrick, Tyra Banks and Emma Balfour. Actresses Julie Newmar and Rossy de Palma also make an appearance. The costumes worn by the models were designed by Mugler.
The video's concept was written by Jeff Beasley after attending a benefit fashion show held by Mugler several months before in Los Angeles. Beasley worked at Propaganda Films, the production company where David Fincher directed "Freedom '90" - the supermodel video on which "Too Funky" is based. Originally the same models from Fincher's video were going to be used, namely Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, and Tatjana Patitz. Mugler decided, however, that he wanted new models and only kept Evangelista for the project. The video was produced by Beasley and filmed by Mike Southon.
An alternate edit of the video includes several male models, including eventual Grey's Anatomy star Justin Chambers and Oscar-nominated actor Djimon Hounsou, who was discovered by Mugler in Paris.