XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week – “King of Everything” by Boy George


Photo by Dean Stockings
Photo by Dean Stockings

New Wave icon Boy George’s recent album, This Is What I Do, is his first studio album of original material in almost two decades. The 52 year old has returned with a collection of songs that are self-reflective. Since his days as the lead singer of Culture Club, George has had a storied career; from his personal battles with drug addiction and various legal issues, to his post Culture Club career as am electronica artist, successful DJ, and his acting in the Broadway play Taboo.

This Is What I Do has reggae flavored songs like “My Star,” “Live Your Life,” and “Love And Danger,” as well as a handful of mid-tempo ballads, the highlight of which is “King of Everything.” A confessional in which he sings “Put down the booze/Let the demons win the fight/Dropped my gloves to the ground/You know I’m sorry,” to his followers, then questions his reputation with the anthemic chorus: “What’s the word on the street/Have I lost my crown/Or will I be king of everything,” it’s a song about sin and salvation in grand rock and roll tradition. Boy George plays WXPN’s Free At Noon this Friday, April 18th in a double header with The Black Lips. RSVP here. George plays the TLA Friday evening. Go here for tickets.

Listen to “King of Everything” below.



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