Fans tum­ble for Cul­ture Club

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music - Belinda Cipri­ano

WITH a line-up that in­cluded Real Life, Pseudo Echo and main event Cul­ture Club, it was all about em­brac­ing the ’80s at the Fre­man­tle Arts Cen­tre on Thurs­day night.

There was flu­oro, funky hats, leg warm­ers, crimped hair and daggy danc­ing as the sun set on a per­fect sum­mer’s evening.

Open­ing acts Real Life and Pseudo Echo proved they still have what it takes to get the party started, with their hits Send me an Angel and Funky Town send­ing the crowd into a spin, mak­ing them the per­fect en­tree to the main at­trac­tion.

Tak­ing to the stage in typ­i­cal fash­ion, Boy Ge­orge wore a white hat, colour­ful yel­low and black jacket and belted out Church of the Poi­son Mind, and while he sounded a lit­tle scratchy to start, his vo­cals soon warmed up and com­ple­mented his en­tourage, which in­cluded gui­tarist Roy Hay, Mikey Craig on bass and Jon Moss on drums.

Six others made up the band, while the ad­di­tion of three women vo­cal­ists only added to the party hap­pen­ing on stage.

He chose his first in­ter­ac­tion with the au­di­ence to say Aus­tralia still had a way to go when it came to the gay com­mu­nity.

“My au­di­ence used to be strictly women and gay men,” he said.

“But we like het­ero­sex­u­als be­cause they make one of us.”

It was a great segue for the next two hits It’s a Mir­a­cle and I’ll Tum­ble for Ya, which had ev­ery­one on their feet danc­ing Latin Amer­i­can style, while Ev­ery­thing I Own, a Black Money duet and sax solo com­pleted the first set.

An un­der­stated orange and yel­low noughts-and-crosses suit was the next out­fit change as Ge­orge belted out Time (Clock of the Heart) and new songs Like I Used To and Dif­fer­ent Man, which he’d hoped his older crowd had checked out on “the you tube” be­fore the gig.

De­spite this, it was clear what his le­gion of ador­ing fans wanted and that was more ’80s.

Hit af­ter hit with Miss Me Blind, The War Song and of course the one that started it all in 1982, Do You Re­ally Want to Hurt Me, were among the last to be played in the main set, set­ting the crowd up for the encore.

Af­ter a quick dash off-stage, Ge­orge re­turned quip­ping “you didn’t think we’d for­get Karma Chameleon” and again the crowd went crazy, sav­ing their loud­est cheer for the classic track.

The band fin­ished with T.Rex’s Get It On, and with just about ev­ery genre cov­ered, the crowd, which was as fun and eclec­tic as Ge­orge’s out­fits, slowly made their way home.

Boy Ge­orge and Cul­ture Club put on a classic show at Fre­man­tle Arts Cen­tre.

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