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

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