Sold (album)

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Studio album by Boy George
Released June 8th 1987
Recorded 1986
Studio Air Studios, Montserrat
Rak Studios, London
Genre Dance pop[1]
Length 43:50
Label Virgin
Producer Stewart Levine, Glen Skinner
Boy George chronology
From Luxury to Heartache
(with Culture Club)
Tense Nervous Headache
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]

Sold is the debut solo album by British singer Boy George, released in 1987, for the Virgin Music label, including the hit singles, "Everything I Own" (UK #1), "Keep Me in Mind" (UK #29), "To Be Reborn" (UK #13), and the title track "Sold" (UK #24).


The album was a big success in Europe, and a modest success in the UK, but failed to sell as well in the US because George was not able to tour and promote the record there due to drugs-related restrictions, so Sold reached only number 145 on the Billboard 200,[2] even though Boy George had been a multi-platinum artist with Culture Club in previous years. The album was nonetheless a huge hit in Italy, where it became George’s highest-charting and bestselling work ever – not even his band Culture Club, though extremely popular in that country, ever achieved such an outcome there. The album got good reviews,[3] even if Virgin Records did not like the use of brass on many tracks.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Sold" – 3:54 (O'Dowd, Vic Martin, Lamont Dozier)
  2. "I Asked for Love" – 4:43 (O'Dowd, Lamont Dozier)
  3. "Keep Me in Mind" – 4:05 (O'Dowd, Glen Nightingale, Jocelyn Brown)
  4. "Everything I Own" – 3:53 (David Gates)
  5. "Freedom" – 3:49 (O'Dowd, Vic Martin, Richie Stevens)
  6. "Just Ain’t Enough" – 4:18 (O'Dowd, Lamont Dozier)
  7. "Where Are You Now (When I Need You)" – 4:16 (O'Dowd, Glenn Skinner, Richie Stevens, Vic Martin, Glenn Nightingale, Ian Maidman, Paul “Wix” Wickens)
  8. "Little Ghost" – 3:13 (Kevin Mooney, Marco Pirroni)
  9. "Next Time" – 3:28 (David Lasley)
  10. "We've Got the Right" – 3:46 (O'Dowd, Vic Martin, Richie Stevens)
  11. "To Be Reborn" – 4:25 (O'Dowd, Lamont Dozier)


  1. "Use Me" – (O'Dowd, Martin, Stevens)
  2. "State of Love" (Edit & Extended Mix) – (O'Dowd, Hay, Pickett)
  3. "I Pray ‘87" – (O'Dowd, Roy Hay, Jon Moss, Mikey Craig, Pickett)
  4. "Are You Too Afraid" – (Roy Hay, O'Dowd)

Other songs[edit]

  1. "Let It Be" (with Ferry Aid) - 6:08 (Lennon/McCartney)
  2. "The Wishing Well" (with GOSH!) - 5:30 (Copping)
  3. "Live My Life" (from the soundtrack Hiding Out)


  • "Everything I Own"/"Use Me"
  • "Keep Me in Mind"/"State of Love" (+ "I Pray '87" on the 12" maxi single)
  • “Sold”/“Are You Too Afraid?”
  • "To Be Reborn"/"Where Are You Now (When I Need You?)"




Release history[edit]

Country Year Label Format Catalogue
United Kingdom 1987 Virgin Records CD CDV 2430
MC MCV 2430
LP V 2430


Chart Position
UK Albums Chart[5] 29
US Billboard 200 145


External links[edit]

  • professional and customer reviews, product details, track listing and audio samples.
  • Lyrically Speaking: Web page including all the lyrics to the Sold album, the lyrics of its singles, B-sides, "The Wishing Well" and "Let It Be", as well as all lyrics to the songs by Culture Club, Boy George, Jesus Loves You and related projects.