BIG Music News: Beach Boys, Culture Club

THE BEACH BOYS:  New version of one of their all-time classics

The Beach Boys have released a video of their newly recorded version of "Do It Again."

On the video, Mike Love is joined by guest stars Mark McGrath (of Sugar Ray) and part-time Beach Boy John Stamos, who directed the clip. McGrath and Stamos joined The Beach Boys on the recent PBS special A Capitol Fourth, where the band introduced its freshened version of the classic song.

Love says, "This song is about friends coming together revisiting the fun of their youth... Stamos and I have so much love and respect for each other and our 33 years of friendship is still going strong. It was great to have Mark's amazing talent and energy to play off of as we rediscovered one of my favorite tracks."

This may not be the last Beach Boys song to be rebooted. Mike tells Billboard that he's "hoping there's more of that to come."

Click here and watch it from YouTube.

CULTURE CLUB:  Back to the recording studio

Boy George says Culture Club is about to sign with BMG Records. Appearing on British morning TV, the resurgent '80s star said he never expected to receive such an offer:

"With BMG, which is the most bonkers thing because to be honest with you, I never thought I would sign a record deal again. I haven't had since about '95. And I'd really kind of given up on the whole I idea of having a record deal. And when this was sort of presented to me, I thought, actually, it's so bonkers, I'm gonna do it."

The proposal covers both new music and Culture Club's catalog.  He told ITV This Morning that the band is now doing a version of "Tainted Love," the American soul song remade as techno-pop by Soft Cell, in its shows.

Culture Club has just two U.S. dates this summer -- they'll headline '80s package shows August 25th at the Orleans Casino in Las Vegas and the 26th at the SAP Center in San Jose, California. (


Queen's "We Will Rock You," Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer," Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" and "Rock & Roll All Nite" by KISS all appear on a new compilation called NOW Tailgate Anthems. It's due out August 4th.

American Idol creator Simon Fuller is said to be developing a "virtual" ABBA show (using holograms) in conjunction with Universal Music.

Yes guitarist Steve Howe will release Anthology 2: Groups and Collaborations on Friday. It features his work with Yes, Asia, GTR, Jon Anderson & Bill Bruford, among others.

Martha Reeves will perform a belated 76th birthday show on August 3rd at the Rooster Tail nightclub in Detroit. (Martha’s birthday was Tuesday.)

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