Boy George ‎– Live My Life (1987)

Boy George (born George Alan O’Dowd; 14 June 1961) is a British singer-songwriter, who was part of the English New Romantic movement which emerged in the late 1970s to the early 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 where he became known for his soulful voice and androgynous appearance. He also founded and was lead singer of Jesus Loves You during the period 1989–1992. Being involved in many activities (among them songwriting, DJing, writing books, designing clothes and photography), he has released fewer music recordings in the last decade.

After the dissolution of Culture Club in 1986, Boy George entered treatment for his addiction. He was prescribed narcotics to treat his addiction to heroin. In kicking his heroin addiction, he then became addicted to the prescription narcotics that were used during his treatment.

In 1987, he released his first solo album, Sold, which garnered mild success in Europe. It spawned the UK singles “Everything I Own” (UK No. 1), “Keep Me in Mind” (UK No. 29), “To Be Reborn” (UK No. 13), and the title song, “Sold” (UK No. 24).  The singles were also hits in various other European countries. The album’s success, however, was not duplicated in America.  This may be due in part to the fact that George was prohibited by US authorities from travelling to the United States for several years because of his British drug charges. He was therefore unable to be in America to help promote the album.

George did score his first solo US Top 40 hit with the single “Live My Life” (US No. 40) from the soundtrack to the movie Hiding Out.

Michael Moore provided the remixes while Mark S. Berry & Paul Fox contributed the Klub mixes.

Live My Life (12″ Soul Remix)                                 7:25

Live My Life (The Quake Dub)                                 6:25

Live My Life (12″ Klub Mix)                                     7:35

Live My Life (Klub Dub)                                          6:25

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Boy George ‎– Everything I Own (1987)

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

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Boy George – Don’t Take My Mind On A Trip (1989)

*****UPDATED WITH ALL TEDDY RILEY MIXES*****

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 1980s. He helped give androgyny an international stage with the success of Culture Club during the 1980s. His music is often classified as blue-eyed soul, which is influenced by rhythm and blues and reggae.

In 1987, he released his first solo album, Sold, and enjoyed its success in Europe. It spawned the UK singles “Everything I Own” (UK #1), “Keep Me In Mind” (UK #29), “To be Reborn” (UK #13), and the title song, “Sold” (UK #24). The singles were hits in various other European countries as well. The album’s success, however, was not duplicated in the US. This may be due in part to the fact that George was prohibited by US authorities from travelling to America for several years because of his British drug charges. He did score his first solo Top 40 hit with the single “Live My Life” (US #40) from the Hiding Out soundtrack. Tense Nervous Headache (1988), and Boyfriend (1989) would be his next two internationally released albums; however, these two albums would not be distributed in the US. Instead, Virgin Records selected several songs from each of these two albums for a North American-only release called High Hat (1989). This album scored a US Top 5 R&B hit in “Don’t Take My Mind On A Trip”, produced by Teddy Riley.

“Don’t Take My Mind On A Trip” was released on 12″ single & CD single with a number of remixes by Teddy Riley but Teddy’s “Main Club 12″ Mix” was released on the US 12″ only.

Don’t Take My Mind On A Trip (Main Club 12″)              6:13

Don’t Take My Mind On A Trip (12″ U.K. Acid)              6:37

Don’t Take My Mind On A Trip (12″ U.K. Acid Dub)        5:40

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Boy George – You Found Another Guy (1989)

In the 3 months since I started posting up rare 80’s vinyl treats for my readers, I have been constantly surprised at which posts receive the most attention. An early post of new jack swing era Boy George has received the most traffic by far on this site and inspired me to put up the other hit from this year.

I came across these tracks because I’m a big Teddy Riley fan and the strange combination of Teddy Riley and Boy George was too interesting not too investigate further.

So today I bring you another 12″ single from the 1989 “Boyfriend” album, once again it was the credits that made “You Found Another Guy”  a must buy for me, written by Bernard Belle (brother of Regina), Gene Griffin and Ross Middleton (Positive Noise/Leisure Process), arranged by Teddy Riley and produced by Gene Griffin.

“You Found Another Guy’ reached the Top 40 of the US R&B charts.

You Found Another Guy (12″ Mix)    5:28

You Found Another Guy (7” Edit)      4:02

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