Back to Life

After two decades of silence the British star of extravagant 80s pop and new wave, Boy George, has reanimated his legendary Culture Club.

By Anna Coluthe | Video of the Day | November 8, 2018
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Formed in London in 1981, the gang is still the same: Boy George on vocals, Roy Hay on guitar, Mickey Craig on bass and Jon Moss on drums. After their last album, Don’t Mind If I Do (1999), there was no sign of a planned comeback, but here we are. The opening number of Life, God & Love, gives a pretty good summary of the album, whose themes revolve around love, human interaction, and contrasts and difference. The head of the Club has hardly changed – although he may have shifted down a tone or two – and his easy manner and energy are the same as they ever were. New wave vintage, dub-electro combos, patchwork pop and 90's clubbing, Culture Club cover all the old bases. They even have some fun with reggae and afro-pop sounds on Let Somebody Love You and What Does Sorry Mean?. Boy George brings urgency to Life and a desire to use it to analyse his twenty-year absence and his battle with addiction. The song Life seems to focus on redemption and offers a fine gospel conclusion.





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