September 1, 2008

This time must be different



Boy George is back in a big way. I have a special place for George because his career runs parallel to my interest in music - I'm a geeky 80's pop deviant at heart. Yes We Can is a return to form and, obviously, the moment is right for it. I love note only the Obama speech samples, but also the way they jimmied his image in the video, which is pretty clever. Look also for T Rex, Bowie, poor Amy Winehouse (who BG sympathizes with) and even Marilyn. The theme of this song reminds me a bit of one of George's most beautiful songs, a recording from 1991 that not everyone knows...

Jesus Loves You Generations Of Love:


As a doggie bag for the BG trainspotters, here also are the videos for After The Love and Sweet Toxic Love, which I had never seen until today.

7 comments:

countpopula said...

So great to hear George upbeat and positive again. It is true he has one of the greatest voices of the 80's, all artifice aside, and I get very upset when people reduce him simply to his persona, while he has some fierce talents that always seem shrouded by his tabloid life. His interview in the recent Q magazine seems to be signaling a new clearheadedness he needed to find. Now if he can just stay on the path...

This is a great song. I was afraid of the possibly heavy political nature (namely speech samples which always have the potential to backfire or lose their impact over time). However, in this case, I think the Obamaisms were used very judiciously and tastefully so as not to overshadow George or the song. The Winehouse stuff may be a little more questionable, although George's heart is in the right place--surely he sympathizes.

Thanks for the info. Bring on a new BG album soon! It's about damn time!

Paul said...

I recently read the interview with him in Q magazine and my casual interest was reignited. He is touring some theatre venues soon around England and for fairly cheap too, so I think I must splash out on Mr dowd and go see him in action. If only for the hopefully hilarious onstage banter...

Michael said...

His voice sounds kind of brittle now, but I still love him.

Phillip said...

It's great to hear George making music instead of doing whatever it is he has been doing of late.

i am not convinced this is that great. It just kind of hubbles along. He is capable of much more than this or maybe not?

I was a HUGE george fan from culture club days right up until cc reformed but i really think he has lost that fire, drive, whatever you want to call it. I hope that one day it will come back.

BTW, i love the Generations of Love 91 remix video. Totally brill!

DanProject76 said...

Hurrah! George remembered that he was a talented musician!

Good song, good video even though it reminded me of MS Paint and South Park in places.

Jesus Loves You videos also an "oh yes." More Protein era stuff is alwsys on my iPod. I just tracked down the Eve Gallagher album on CD.

Adem With An E said...

I like the song, and the video is pretty cute (even if, as Dan said, it is a bit MS Paint.) But look; that's Divine flying through the air at one point, isn't it!?

Anonymous said...

Ah, George always has a place in my heart, too. I always keep one small finger on the BG-pulse, hoping for some kind of greatness again. I did enjoy 'Idiot Crowd' with the Young Punx, tho.

That Jesus Loves You album is one of my favourite albums of all time. Ultra Nate even did a great version of "I Specialise in Loneliness" too. Bow down, Mister...indeed. ;)

Terry.