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Culture Club + Special Guests @ Fremantle Arts Centre 08/12/16 (Live Review)

Written by Karen Lowe

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Considering it was another warm day in Perth, the Fremantle Doctor provided just enough of a drop in temperature to ensure that the night ahead would be a perfect night for dancing to 80’s legends, Pseudo Echo, Real Life and of course, Culture Club as everyone was setting up their spots at Fremantle Arts Centre.

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Culture Club

(c) Karen Lowe

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Pseudo Echo started the night with their catchy tune Ultraviolet and Don’t Go. “It’s nice to be back in Perth. Some of you may not have seen us in 30 years! We still look the same; well the same height anyway!” lead singer Brian Canham told the audience.

 

They also played A Beat For You, “one of the earliest Pseudo Echo songs” Living In A Dream (written by Canham when he was 15) and Love An Adventure.

 

Pseudo Echo playing the Real Life song with the Real Life guy! This is a first. Give it up for David Sterry! Canham announced. Unfortunately, the mic didn’t work at first for Catch Me I’m Falling, however, like the complete professional Sterry is, he didn’t let it phase him and carried on with the new mic that he was handed.

 

Thank you very much! Can you hear me now?” Sterry asked the audience. “If you know this one, sing it back to me. It is a bit of a moody piece, a ballad.” as everyone got excited to hear Send Me An Angel and of course, sung along with Sterry as loudly as they could.

 

He left the stage to many cheers and Pseudo Echo finished their set with none other than their cover of Lipps Inc’s Funky Town. Again, the audience sang along and clapped to the beat.

 

They are one of the quintessential 80s New Wave bands and while their style of clothing has changed and their hair is…well…a little shorter these days; Canham’s voice is as strong as ever (if not stronger) and they still put on a first-rate show.

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Culture Club

Culture Club (c) Karen Lowe

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Culture Club came out on stage to an excited crowd – some who had seen them at their last tour a few months ago but also many who hadn’t had the chance yet. They opened with Church Of The Poisoned Mind, It’s A Miracle and I’ll Tumble 4 Ya.

 

Boy George told the audience that it was great to be back and that he would be seeing a lot more of everyone as he is joining The Voice next year as a coach. He also told us how David Bowie affected him as a 13 year old boy – how he felt that it was the first person that truly understood him and that he hoped that his songs do the same for other people before breaking out into Black Money.

 

So um, any romantics in the house? It doesn’t matter if you are a damaged romantic. We specialise in damaged relationships in this band.” Boy George told the audience before singing Time (Clock Of The Heart), new songs Liked I Used To (after asking if there were any psycho lovers out there and informing them that “you can’t be cured” and Different Man (“a song about redemption, recovery and being a better man.”)

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Culture Club

Culture Club (c) Karen Lowe

 

So we’re gonna go back now to circa 1982. Obviously we are not going to actually go back there. I’m talking metaphorically of course. It’s the reason we first came to Australia. It’s still a very special song, even after all of these years,” he told us before singing one of his most popular songs Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?

 

What was kind of ironic though is that most people recorded the song with their phones rather than listened to it and watched it with their own eyes. Why was this ironic? Because the majority of people filming it was the generation that complains when the younger generation do this. Whatever happened to telling us to ‘live in the moment and put your phones away!’

 

They finished with Victims and The War Song before leaving the stage. While some singers voices can weaken with age, it certainly isn’t the case for Boy George. His voice is stronger than ever and Culture Club put on a fantastic performance with support from his three extraordinarily talented back up singers and brass section.

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Culture Club

(c) Karen Lowe

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Of course, they did come back on stage for the obligatory encore and performed Karma Chameleon and a cover of T-Rex’s Bang A Gong (Get It On) before they took their final bow for the evening. After all – what would a Culture Club show be without “karma, karma, karma, karma, karma chameleon?”

Connect with Pseudo Echo:
Official Site – Facebook – Instagram

Connect with Real Life:
Facebook

Connect with Culture Club:
Official Site – Twitter – Facebook – Youtube

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AMNPLIFY – JS

Karen Lowe

December 11th, 2016

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Karen Lowe

My name is Karen and I have been taking photos of bands since 2011. As I get more and more hooked on photography, I have also started branching out into anything that comes my way (including reviews etc) and I am starting to turn my passion into a business (living the dream!). I absolutely love my live music, especially the Perth Scene (some would even say addicted). I enjoy getting out there as often as I can, taking shots and chatting to people so if you are in Perth, come say hi :)

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