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Boy George

British singer Boy George combined a strong, soulful singing voice with a provocative sense of fashion, both of which were first brought to the attention of English and American audiences in the group Culture Club, for whom he served as lead singer from 1982 to 1986. The group wrote and played impeccable pop music, and Boy George's androgynous persona -- heavy makeup and outrageous costumes -- gave the group a distinct video image in the dawn of MTV. That very distinctiveness, however, made the group date quickly, and at the same time Boy George encountered highly publicized personal difficulties. He re-emerged as a solo singer in 1987 with Sold, which contained a U.K. number one cover of Bread's "Everything I Own," but was unable to duplicate this success in the U.S. Boy George enjoyed four British singles' chart entries in 1987 and another three in 1988. His second album, Tense Nervous Headache (1988), was not picked up for release in the U.S.; his third, Boyfriend (1989), was a Europe-only release, though Virgin Records cobbled the second and third albums together to present a second U.S. album, High Hat (1989). In 1991 came The Martyr Mantras, another patchwork album largely made up of previously non-LP dance singles. In the U.K., it was credited to a new group, Jesus Loves You, and released on Boy George's own More Protein record label, though Virgin in the U.S. billed it as a Boy George album. By 1992, Boy George had faded at home, and in the U.S. his solo career had never taken off. Then he was brought in to sing a version of the '60s chestnut "The Crying Game" in a production by the Pet Shop Boys, as the title song for a movie that became the sleeper hit of the winter of 1992-1993, resulting in his first substantial U.S. hit as a solo artist. Cheapness and Beauty followed in 1995, and four years later Boy George resurfaced with the rarities collection Unrecoupable One Man Bandit. Throughout the '90s, he delved back into the club scene that birthed his early romanticism, and made a name for himself as DJ in demand. It became more than a hobby toward the end of the millennium, and Boy George garnered attention in the U.K. and U.S. club circuits; such musical creativity was captured on Essential Mix, released in fall 2000. In 2002 he released U Can Never B 2 Straight - a collection of unplugged and acoustic songs it was only released in the UK and Japan. From 2002 and 2004, he recorded under the moniker The Twin and recorded and released more electronic sounds that were to chime with the Electroclash sound of the time. Throughout the '00s, he saw plenty of legal issues and controversies, including drug possession in New York in 2005 and in 2008 for assault and false imprisonment of a male escort, for which he received a 15 months prison sentence. After overcoming these personal challenges, a new generation of musicians declared him as a major influence. One memorable collaboration included Anthony and the Johnsons on the track "You Are My Sister" in 2006. In 2007, he released the single "Time Machine" on Plan A Records and was co-written by Ivor Novello Award winner Amanda Ghost. He also collaborated with the dance act Dark Globe on the track "Atoms" and saw several of his other previous unheard tracks remixed by long term dance collaborator Kinky Roland. Roland would subsequently release the album Ordinary Alien - The Kinky Roland Files with Boy George in 2010. In 2013, he announced that he was to release a full-length solo studio album. Entitled This Is What I Do, came after a twenty year wait since his last record. ~ William Ruhlmann
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Boy George

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Albums by
Boy George

Top Songs by
Boy George

  1.   Song
  2.   The Crying Game
  3.   If I Were You
  4.   Don't Wanna See Myself
  5.   What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?
  6.   Play Me
  7.   Nice and Slow
  8.   Here Come The Girls
  9.   Turn 2 Dust
  10.   Julian
  11.   Evil Is So Civilised
  12.   Same Thing in Reverse
  13.   God Don't Hold a Grudge
  14.   Genocide Peroxide
  15.   Time Machine
  16.   Any Road
  17.   Letter to a School Friend
  18.   Feel the Vibration
  19.   Don't Take My Mind on a Trip
  20.   Whisper
  21.   Live My Life
  22.   Make You Feel My Love
  23.   Video Games
  24.   My Star
  25.   It's Easy
  26.   King of Everything
  27.   Kill the A&R
  28.   After Dark
  29.   Amazing Grace
  30.   Yes We Can
  31.   Fat Cat
  32.   The Deal
  33.   Next Time
  34.   Little Ghost
  35.   I Asked For Love
  36.   Freedom
  37.   Sold
  38.   Keep Me in Mind
  39.   I'm Not Sleeping Anymore
  40.   You Found Another Guy
  41.   Whether They Like It or Not
  42.   Too Much Love
  43.   Siempre Te Amare
  44.   No Clause 28
  45.   I Specialize in Loneliness
  46.   After the Love
  47.   Love's Gonna Let U Down
  48.   One on One
  49.   Bow Down Mister
  50.   Your Love Is What I Am
  51.   If I Could Fly
  52.   Funtime
  53.   Satan's Butterfly Ball
  54.   Sad
  55.   Cheapness and Beauty
  56.   Il Adore
  57.   Generations of Love
  58.   Love Hurts
  59.   Everything I Own by Culture Club
  60.   Kipsy
  61.   Don't Cry by Culture Club
  62.   You Are My Heroin
  63.   Girl With Combination Skin
  64.   Something Strange Called Love
  65.   Just Ain't Enough
  66.   Wishing Well
  67.   Unfinished Business
  68.   Turn on a Little Light for Me
  69.   Love and Danger
  70.   My God
  71.   Live Your Life
  72.   Look Pon U
  73.   Brand New
  74.   Losing Control
  75.   Wrong
  76.   Ich Bin Kunst
  77.   We've Got the Right
  78.   Where Are You Now?
  79.   She Was Never He
  80.   Go Your Own Way
  81.   To Be Reborn
  82.   Death of Samantha
  83.   Seconds
  84.   Bigger Than War
  85.   Blindman
  86.   St Christopher

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