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Lies and Alibis EP

by Rude Boy George

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Young Turks 04:18
Let Me Go 04:18
Tainted Love 03:47
Lies 03:44


Rude Boy George (www.rudeboygeorge.com) is a New Jersey-based band that performs ska, rocksteady, and reggae versions of 80s new wave and post-punk classics. Lies and Alibis is the fourth collection of 80's new wave tracks that the band has recorded in a ska and reggae style.

The songs recorded for the EP reflect the darker side of public and private life where facts are questioned , lies are told with impunity and gaslighting and ghosting are the new normal.

"Young Turks" is rock meets reggae version of Rod Stewart's 1981 new wave synth pop song. A "Young Turk" is slang for a rebellious youth who acts contrary to what is deemed normal by society. The song hit #5 in the US and #11 in the UK.

"Let Me Go" is a "More Specials" styled take on Heaven 17's 1982 track about how idealism and progress are crushed by the powers that be and one friend betrays another. The song hit #41 in the UK and #4 on the US Dance Chart.

"Tainted Love" is reimagined as a dubby and soulful reggae take on Soft Cell's "Tainted Love" from 1981 which itself was a cover of the 1960's northern soul classic recorded by Gloria Jones.The song hit #1 in the UK and #8 in the US.

Lies" is a horn heavy 2-Tone version of the Thompson Twins "Lies" from 1983. The song hit #1 on the US Dance Charts and #67 in the UK.


released June 16, 2020

Roger Apollon Jr - Vocals
Pamela Buckley - Keyboards, piano, synths
Rob George - Saxophone, guitar, vocals
Robert Julian - Guitar
Lucas Leto - Drums
Marc Wasserman - Bass
Jenny Whiskey - Vocals, saxophone

1. Young Turks (Stewart/Appice/Hitchings/Savigar)
2. Let Me Go (Gregory/Craig/Ware)
3. Tainted Love (Cobb)
4. Lies (Bailey/Currie/Leeway)

All songs recorded and engineered by by James Dellatacoma at Orange Music Sound Studios in West Orange, NJ

All songs mixed and mastered by James Dellatacoma at Orange Music Sound Studios in West Orange, NJ

Artwork concept and design: Bryan Kremkau and Marc Wasserman

***Rude Boy George has secured mechanical license(s) pursuant to Section 115 of the United States Copyright Act from the Rightsholder(s) of the compositions listed above.


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Rude Boy George New York, New York

Rude Boy George is a collective of New Jersey and New York-based musicians who create ska, reggae & rocksteady versions of 80s New Wave songs.

The band's latest album "Lies and Alibis" is a 4-song LP of lovingly recorded versions of 80's new wave classics.
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