Cheapness and Beauty

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Cheapness and Beauty
Cheapness and Beauty.jpg
Studio album by Boy George
Released August 29th 1995
Recorded 1993–95
Studio Sarm Hook End Studios
Genre Rock[1]
Length 50:20
Label Virgin Records
Producer Jessica Corcoran,
John Themis (5, 6 & 13)
Boy George chronology
The Martyr Mantras (with Jesus Loves You)
Cheapness and Beauty
The Unrecoupable One Man Bandit
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Q 3/5 stars[citation needed]
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]

Cheapness and Beauty is an album by Boy George, released in 1995. It peaked at number 44 on the UK Albums Chart.


The album opens with a cover version of Iggy Pop's "Funtime", which was released as a single and reached #45 in the UK Singles Chart. Another single was the ballad "Il Adore" (later featured on the soundtrack album Taboo) which peaked at #50, and "Same Thing in Reverse", which reached #56 in the UK and #28 on the Billboard Dance Charts in the US.

Having scored his biggest solo success in the US and Canada with the theme song of the movie The Crying Game in 1992, George decided to move away from an electronic sound and record some rock-oriented tracks with a glam-rock edge. One of the reasons he cited for this move was revisiting his teenage years while writing his autobiography, Take It Like a Man, which was released around the same time as the album.[2] The album also marked the first time in which George didn't hide his gay sexuality in the lyrics. The tracks "Genocide Peroxide" and "Il Adore" were both later featured in the musical Taboo.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by George O'Dowd (Boy George) and John Themis; except where indicated

  1. "Funtime" – 3:05 (Iggy Pop, David Bowie)
  2. "Satan's Butterfly Ball" – 3:03
  3. "Sad" – 3:52
  4. "God Don't Hold a Grudge" – 2:49
  5. "Genocide Peroxide" – 3:44
  6. "If I Could Fly" – 4:04
  7. "Same Thing in Reverse" – 3:33
  8. "Cheapness and Beauty" – 3:59
  9. "Evil Is So Civilised" – 3:32
  10. "Your Love Is What I Am" – 4:12
  11. "Blindman" – 4:42
  12. "Unfinished Business" – 3:33
  13. "Il Adore" – 6:12



  • Luís Jardim: ethnic percussion on 11
  • Hossam Ramzy: mandolin
  • Martin Bell: extra drums
  • Uli Webber: cover picture
  • Jessica Corcoran: production
  • John Themis: production on 5, 6 & 13


  1. ^ a b Ruhlmann, William. "Cheapness & Beauty – Boy George | AllMusic". Retrieved 13 December 2011. 
  2. ^ Boy George with Spencer Bright (1995), Take It Like A Man, London, Sidgwick & Jackson

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