Star Apps: Boy George
Hair, makeup, and gender-bending fashions aside, what singer/songwriter Boy George does well is pen a prime pop tune. I’m thinking about excellent, top-charting ’80s singles such as “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me,” “Time (Clock of the Heart),” “I’ll Tumble 4 Ya,” “Church of the Poison Mind,” “Karma Chameleon,” “Miss Me Blind,” “It’s a Miracle,” and “The War Song.” Although less popular, his later, more dance-oriented solo material, and DJ albums and gigs helped maintain a club following in ensuing years.
With the March 25 release of “This Is What I Do,” Boy George’s first studio album in 18 years, the music icon returns not to the ’80s, but to the ’70s glam and rock sounds that influenced him the first time around and the moving, self-revelatory songwriting that won over both adults and children like me all the way back in 1983. Download.com chatted with George about the new album, returning to the U.S. for the first time post legal issues, conquering personal battles, a Culture Club reunion, and his favorite apps.
(Credit: Dean Stockings)
After decades of electronic albums and DJ releases, “This Is What I Do” is your first pop album in decades. What made you go in this direction? I wouldn’t say this is pop in terms of today’s pop. I would say this is the pop from when I was growing up — ’70s… [Read more]
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