Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Retro Video of the Week: "The Crying Game" by Boy George

I apologize profusely for my failure to post a Tuesday Top Ten yesterday.  Between work, feeding and caring for my three young children, bar trivia, and trapeze practice, there just weren't enough hours in the day yesterday.  When in Rome!  

But anyway, in these gender bending times, it seems like Boy George's "The Crying Game" is an appropriate Retro Video of the Week.  Until a few minutes ago, I hadn't realized that Boy George's 1992 version was a cover.  Apparently, the song was originally released in 1964 by Dave Berry (not the cartoonist -- calm down, people), and an up-and-coming guitarist named Jimmy Page provided rhythm guitar work, and then was never heard from again.  

Boy George's version was, of course, featured in the infamous film of the same name and later in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective in a scene that is an homage to the Crying Game film, after we find out that Finkle is Einhorn and Einhorn is Finkle.  The song sounds like it was produced by the Pet Shop Boys because it was.  It reached #15 on the Billboard Hot 100, #22 on the UK charts, and #1 in Canada. Laces out!

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