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Culture Club's Roy Hay talks about their vigorous reunion, the 'confusing entity' that is Boy George and more



There's probably never been a better time for a Culture Club revival. All over the top of the pop charts, you'll find examples of hit songs with vague Caribbean and tropical vibes — Justin Bieber's Sorry, Drake's One Dance, Rihanna's Work, Ellie Goulding's On My Mind.

Whether any of these artists were fans of Culture Club is beside the point — the point is the band was bringing sunny, equatorial influences to pop music decades ago, back when many of their peers weren't.

"We came out of the '80s, but I don't think we necessarily had an '80s sound," guitarist Roy Hay said in a recent phone interview. "We weren't necessarily synthesizer-dominated, or we didn't even necessarily have the same hairstyles as other bands. We kind of did our own thing. And the songs? If you put Do You Really Want to Hurt Me out today with a contemporary artist, I think they'd have a hit. And a lot of our songs are like that. I don't know if the same can be said for a lot of other '80s bands."

Culture Club performs July 6 at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. Tickets are $69.50 and up. Click here for details.

For more of our interview with Roy Hay, click here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 29, 2016 10:13am]


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