Here’s a tune that slipped the net and the man himself forgot to tell us about!
George is the featured vocalist on this track by Tension, aka British DJ and producer Paul Morrell.
A cover of Outrage’s 90s club/house hit, it was originally recorded by Morrell as an up-to-date bootleg. The record lable (New State) loved it but Morrell couldn’t get clearance to release the vocal sample, so needed it re-sung. George stepped in and saved the day.
George is proud to be the face of YMCA Australia’s latest promotion.
He has re-recorded the Village People classic YMCA in order to shine a light on issues important to Australian youth like marriage equality, mental health and youth unemployment.
The stripped back, acoustic version surprisingly lends itself to George’s style.
George said “The thing about covering songs, you have to get inside the song and see if it works and when I started to listen to the lyrics they were weirdly revealing….. I started to think, this is going to really work in my shows.”
George and the band played 4 special gigs at racecourses throughout the UK in July.
These exciting evenings gave ticket holders the chance to experience the thrill of a horse racing meet, followed by the chance to see Culture Club live.
The boys were on top form, delighting fans with a set that included usual Culture Club live standards like Church of the Poison Mind, It’s a Miracle, I’ll Tumble 4 Ya, Everything I Own, Time (Clock of the Heart), Miss Me Blind, Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?, Victims, The War Song, and Karma Chameleon, adding newer songs like More Than Silence and Different Man as well as a brand new song entitled Bitchface!
Cover versions were a big part of the gigs and these included a brilliant cover of Tainted Love, a tribute to Prince with Purple Rain, The Rolling Stones You Cant Always Get What You Want blended into Lou Reeds Walk On The Wild Side, and then finishing things of with Bang A Gong (Get It On).
The dates were:
20 JULY | EPSOM DOWNS RACECOURSE | PHOTOS
21 JULY | NEWMARKET RACECOURSE | PHOTOS
22 JULY | HAYDOCK PARK RACECOURSE | PHOTOS
29 JULY | PUNCHESTOWN RACECOURSE, IRELAND | PHOTOS
George appeared on US TV a number of times this week.
He was in New York to promote The Celebrity Apprentice final, and appeared on the following TV shows:
The Real Housewives Of Beverley Hills
(Season 7, Episode 8) Aired Tuesday 24 Jan
George and Culture Club appear in this pre-recorded episode of RHOBH, where they perform songs at PK’s (George’s manager) birthday party.
Aired Wednesday 25 Jan
George looks back with Access Hollywood Live’s Natalie Morales and Kit Hoover at his early Culture Club days, and recounts how he received the heartbreaking news of George Michael’s death.
Aired Wednesday 25 Jan
An outside broadcast interview overlooking NY Times Square
Aired Friday 27 Jan
George is a guest of Harry Connick Jr.