Sabot L'ours (sabotlours) wrote,
Sabot L'ours

Kissing to be Clever

Back in high school, some kids had cool parents that had cable. They could watch this new channel called "MTV." For the rest of us, there was an option on a UHF station with a show called "MV3." It came on just after I got home from school. It started out as kind of an "American Bandstand" for my generation with music videos interspersed with people dancing on a set. Sometimes they would even bring in live acts to perform. I still remember a very painful lip-synch performance by this new guy, Thomas Dolby. Eventually they got rid of the dancers and went strictly to music videos. It was there that I discovered bands like The Eurythmics, The Thompson Twins, and Culture Club. I remember the very first time I saw the video for "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me," and I thought "Hey! The lead singer is pretty good. SHE has a lot of talent!" And then I was told that HE was named Boy George. Ewww! Fag! But I liked the music. Of course they became a huge worldwide sensation with the release of their next album. By this time I was in college and had MTV. Their 3rd album was kind of a flop, but they toured to promote it. I saw them on that tour in either 1985 or 1986. At this point Boy was trying to be like Cher with all sorts of costume changes and stage theatrics. I have some blurry pictures of the concert since I snuck a camera into the hall and used ISO 1000 film to avoid using a flash. I didn't know about correcting for spotlight overexposure. *shrugs* Over the next few years things went downhill for Boy with drug addiction. But now he's sober again and touring. We saw him last night with his band which included the original members as well as a sax player, 2 sets of percussion, and 4 great backup singers. It was like we were back in the 80's! And I'm sure it was the same for about 90% of the crowd. Gone were the extravagant costumes and theatrics. It was just Boy singing the tunes of our youth. And to put everyone in the 80's vibe, the opening act was Tom Bailey, one of the original Thompson Twins. It was just himself and 3 female band members. While it was great hearing him perform the songs we knew and loved, both Kitty and I agreed that his voice is pretty much shot. He hit some good notes in some places but was very flat in others as well as having his voice crack at times. I guess he just put out a pop solo album which actually sounded pretty good (the few songs we heard).

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