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Hear Boy George’s Twangy Take on Lana Del Rey’s ‘Video Games’

Culture Club synth-pop star offers a grizzled, earnest take on 'Video Games,' with a tender video to match

picture-18576-1373300776Marc Hogan // July 24, 2012

Lana Del Rey’s original viral video hit, “Video Games,” has become what you might call a video game in its own right, spurring countless singers to hit the Web with their own alternate versions, whether bluesily instrumental, wispily lo-fi, or blippily electronic. Covering the Born to Die standout now: Boy George, whose twang-streaked, gruffly expressive rendition puts the song in a whole new territory. The video, directed by Boy George documentary maker Mike Nicholls, offers a sweetly uncynical reading of the song, with a lovey-dovey couple drawing in the sand, riding a merry go-round, and playing one of those arcade toy claw games that had Arrested Development’s Buster so obsessed. It brings Del Rey’s “Video Games” even closer to Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game,” and that’s never a bad thing.