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.
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, Talking Heads and Berlin.
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 was the five-track digital EP Take One.
Their second release, Love and Dancing, was done in a new way: each month, the band released a single and a corresponding video.
Their latest release, the Love My Way EP, is a collection of band favorites including Gary Numan, The Pretenders, Yaz (Yazoo) and The Psychedelic Furs.