Boy George (born George Alan O’Dowd on 14 June 1961) is an English singer-songwriter, who was part of the English New Romanticism movement which emerged in the early-mid 1980s. His music is often classified as blue-eyed soul, which is influenced by rhythm and blues and reggae. His 1990s and 2000s-era solo music has glam influences such as David Bowie and Iggy Pop. During the 1980s, Boy George was the lead singer of the Grammy and Brit Award winning pop band Culture Club.
The cover version of “Everything I Own” by Boy George reached number one on the UK singles chart for two weeks in March 1987, becoming his first hit as a solo artist. It was also his first solo single after a departure from his band, Culture Club. Owing more to the 1974 Ken Boothe version, the sweet reggae style was reminiscent of his earlier debut hit with Culture Club, “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?”. Coming at the time of his arrest for possession of heroin, it provided a major boost to his career. It was a number one in many countries (including the UK, Canada, Italy, Norway and South Africa) and top 10 in many markets too.
Boy George played this song many times in his live shows. He re-recorded the track in an acoustic style (named the Hippy Trippy Mix) and it was released on the American CD single of “Everything I Own”, a re-release from 1993. It was also remixed in a dub version for the Culture Club 2002 box set.
In the US, “Everything I Own” was remixed by Freddy Bastone for 12″ release and Maxi Cassette Single.
Everything I Own (12″ Remix) 7:15
Everything I Own (7″ Remix) 4:20
Everything I Own (Dub) 6:53
Use Me 3:55