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Boy George and The Black Lips, "Bang A Gong", Reviewed



I have listened to this song 4 times now and I can tell you I hate it more each time. The amazing Boy George is nothing but a shell of what he was playing with the God awful Black Lips at some free radio sponsored show in Philadelphia.

Its hard for me to even wrap my mind around how Boy went from his glory drag to this pathetic looking rehab version of his former self.  Such a great voice is horribly missing from this T Rex ‘tribute’ and T Rex is most likely pretty happy they haven’t heard it.  Both Boy George and The Black Keys were in the park for their own set- whomever idea it was to join them should hang their head in shame- its horrendous.

Again, the lack of sound quality is exactly what this song needs.  Losing the vocal forces us to only endure the visual aspect of this collaboration from hell.  The Black Lips are nothing more than a bar band.  Non descript , drum guitar bass for the bland set.  The coolest thing about them is their name and even that sorta sucks.  They can be the house band at your local watering hole and you wouldn’t know the difference.  Claim anything else and your lying to yourself.. they’re a bore.  A band, so boring that they can even muddle the image of a flamboyant former near drag queen.  The camouflage must be intentional- Boy must wish he had a cloak of invisibility.

Bang a mute key is more like it.  C’mon George come back, I promise we will welcome you with open arms, just get away from the mundane please, it could be contagious.

Boy George and Black Lips cover T. Rex’s “Bang A Gong (Get it On)” Live at WXPN from WXPN FM on Vimeo.

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