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Culture Club's Boy George to Release First Album in 18 Years

Dean StockingsAs frontman for Culture Club, Boy George was an icon of gender-bending '80s new wave. Now, the singer has announced the release of his first studio full-length album in 18 years.

The disc, This Is What I Do, will be in stores March 25, and it returns George to what's described as "his first true love, writing and singing."  While he's been focused more on dance music in recent years as an internationally-acclaimed club DJ, Boy says he didn't want This Is What I Do to sound "overproduced," adding, "I think I have achieved it."

"I was listening to things like 'Beast Of Burden' by The Stones, and I had my head most definitely in the 70s," he explains. "I was also writing from a happy place. This time, no ex-lovers to get revenge on."  That's apparently a reference to the fact that some of Culture Club's hits were written about Boy's turbulent relationship with the band's drummer, Jon Moss.

You can check out the video for one of the songs from the new album, a guitar-based ballad called "King of Anything," on YouTube.  In a departure from the signature wild get-ups he used to wear in the '80s, George sports a suit and a beard in the video.  However, in a nod to those days, he's also wearing a wacky hat and crazy eye makeup.

George plans to launch a North American tour to promote the album later this year.

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