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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

    '90s Pop

    '90s Pop
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Albums by
Boy George

Top Songs by
Boy George

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