Magazine article New Internationalist

(Boy George. Cheapness & Beauty)

Magazine article New Internationalist

(Boy George. Cheapness & Beauty)

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Thirteen years on from Boy George and Culture Club's first foray onto global TV screens, people can still remember the impact that this be-frilled, dreadlocked creature made. The tabloid press coined the phrase, gender-bender, to describe George O'Dowd.

Returning with his solo album Boy George is using the occasion to cut through any remaining ambiguities. The shadowy genderless figure that many of Culture Club's songs addressed is gone. Amongst Cheapness and Beauty's 13 tracks, there are songs addressed to George's boyfriends past and present. There are posthumous farewells to friends like performance artists Leigh Bowery and designer Stevie Hughes, both victims of HIV-related illness. God don't hold a grudge and Same Thing in Reverse deal with coming out as gay, while Evil is so civilized is a chilling number, written in response to reading about a spate of homophobic murders in Texas. Not surprisingly, the music is substantially different. …

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