Over the past few years, Culture Club fans have been patiently waiting for the ’80s band to return with new music. Earlier in the year, Boy George even revealed that said album would be titled Tribes and see a release time frame of 2018. Well, something have changed, but one thing remains the same; the group will in fact release a new album in 2018.
On Friday (Sept. 7), the British band announced the impending release of their much-anticipated new album. Titled Life, the record —the band’s first in 20 years— will see a release date of Oct. 26 via WMG. Pre-orders for the new album are currently available on the band’s website
In conjunction with the new album announcement, the band unleashed their love-inspired music video for the record’s lead single, “Let Somebody Love You.”
The four-minute music video begins with Boy George walking below a bridge with a fold-out ladder in hand. He arrives at a location which finds different groups of people in individual circles with a person at the center preaching at them. George looks around and see that great divide and decides to do something about it. He flips out his ladder, climbs it, and begins to sing the new tune.
When he reaches the chorus, the once-distracted and divided crowd turns their undivided attention to him. Throughout the clip, you see the other members of Culture Club spread out, playing their instruments while standing with the different groups.
Halfway through the clip, the crowd members pull out signs that at first look like they are about to begin a protest. In a massive bait-and-switch, the messages scribbled on them are not negative, but rather positive and about love (“love is our drug,” “alive,” “love”). Soon, a once divided crowd becomes one as a dance party commences.
Watch the music video for “Let Somebody Love You” above.
“Let Somebody Love You” is the first single off Culture Club’s forthcoming record. The new album will be released a couple of weeks after the band wraps the United States leg of their The Life Tour. The trek will conclude on Oct. 7 at the Desert Diamond Casino in Sahuarita, Arizona. Those dates can be found here.
Following the record’s late October release, the band will resume their touring itinerary but this time in Europe. The European excursion will begin on Nov. 9 at the Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham and conclude a month later on Dec. 5 at the Verti Music Hall in Berlin. The European tour dates can be seen here.