Rude Boy George is a NYC-based band that reimagines 80's New Wave classics in ska, reggae and rocksteady versions.
They are motivated by a shared love and respect for ska (reflected in the reference to 1960s and 2 Tone rude boys) and the extraordinary amount of good music produced in the late 70s and early 80s New Wave/post-punk era (Boy George). And they want to have some fun doing it. That’s Rude Boy George’s agenda and mission statement–as simple as that.
Rude Boy George formed in January 2013 with members drawn from several popular and long-standing NYC area ska bands: Bigger Thomas (vocalist Roger Apollon and bassist/Marco on the Bass blogger Marc Wasserman), Across the Aisle (singer Megg Howe, guitarist Jesse Gosselin and saxaphonist Jackie Chasen), and The Royal Swindle (keyboardist Pamela Buckley and drummer Dave Heise).
The band’s live debut took place at Electric Avenue in Manhattan on April 13, 2013 to a very enthusiastic crowd and the band has played close to a dozen other gigs throughout the New York area since. Their perpetually expanding set list includes songs by Human League, Soft Cell, The Romantics, Billy Idol, INXS, The Smiths, Cyndi Lauper, Squeeze, Culture Club, Gary Numan, Psychedelic Furs, Talking Heads, Berlin, and The Pretenders.
In May 2013, Rude Boy George recorded three tracks at Bill Laswell’s studio in West Orange, NJ with ex-General Public/Special Beat/English Beat bassist Wayne “WayyLo” Lothian producing. The result is our five-track digital EP Take One (with “(Keep Feeling) Fascination,” “Don’t Change,” and “Talking in Your Sleep”–plus two remixes featuring Antonee First Class), now available through Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby and other major digital platforms. They have released their first full length album, Confessions, on Trilby Records on December 5, 2014.
Their current release, Love and Dancing, is being done in a new way. Every month, the band is releasing a single and corresponding video. The final collection will be available in Spring 2017.
Things Can Only Get Better
Close to Me
Kids in America