July 23, 2012 11:29pm PT by Shirley Halperin
Boy George Covers Lana Del Rey's 'Video Games' (Video)
British cultural icon and 80s pop star Boy George has released a cover of Lana Del Rey's moody single "Video Games" and along with it, a stunning new video that tells "a story of young love in bleak Britain."
Starring relative unknowns Angel Rose and Cesar Polini, the clip was directed by Mike Nicholls (not of The Graduate fame), who also helmed the 2008 documentary Living with... Boy George.
George's rendition of Del Rey's breakout hit, which remains faithful to the gloomy melody but infuses an unexpected twang, was produced by Kevan Frost, a multi-instrumentalist and composer who was nominated for a Tony Award for his work on the West End and Broadway productions of the playTaboo (based loosely on George's life). The two go back to 1999 when Frost played on the album Don't Mind If I Do by Culture Club, the band that made Boy George a household name.
Watch George's version of "Video Games" below: