The appeal of Lana Del Rey’s song Video Games has eluded me. It’s desperately gloomy, flat, and monochromatic. Admitting to this, I put my life at risk. Just about every 20-something woman I know is a rabid, die-hard Lana Del Rey fan. It might be generational. I have tried, but it’s a thing that I never got.
Until last night.
I heard Boy George’s cover of the song on Soundcheck and I saw the light. Amazing. His cover is sublime. It’s heartbreaking and human. Like seeing a flower push up between the cracks of the sidewalk. The guitar, the strings, and his weathered, husky, feathery vocal animate the song and give it breath and curves. It has a soul and a story. This cover is so good that I am reconsidering my position on the original and Ms. Del Rey.
Boy George, thanks for this.