Thursday, June 22, 2017

Boy George Has Great New Take On YMCA

Boy George does a terrific, quieter version of the Village
People classic "Y.M.C.A"
I know, I know, you're all sick of that Village People ditty "Y.M.C.A"

It's a staple at every bad wedding reception, and karaoke bar you've ever seen.

And aren't you tired of forming the letters YMCA with your arms?

"Y.M.C.A" was, however, a daring - for the era, anyway - of acceptance toward LGBTQ people everywhere.

Was the Y.M.C.A. of the Village People's imagination a wholesome place for young men to grow up? Or a gay nirvana? Or both? Probably both.

"They have everything for young men to enjoy
You can hang out with all the boys."

As The Daily Telegraph notes, Boy George started thinking about marriage equality, and other issues like mental health and youth unemployment when he was approached by the Y.M.C.A. to do a cover of the song.

At first, Boy George said no way. But he got to thinking about it, and thought it would resonate.

It does. He does a toned-down, quieter version of "Y.M.C.A." and it's actually pretty terrific.

Judge for yourself:


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