Culture Club frontman Boy George has recorded a cover of The Village People’s classic “YMCA” for a good cause.
The singer, who is currently in Australia as a judge on The Voice, partnered with YMCA Australia to reimagine the iconic song for their “Why Not?” campaign to shine a light on youth issues.
YMCA Australia CEO Melinda Crole explained: “Young people have overwhelmingly told us that their voices are not being given a say in decisions made by governments, institutions and employers that affect their lives.”
She said research by YMCA Australia found 74% of Australians aged 12–22 don’t believe those in power are making the best decisions possible for the future of young people, and they weren’t being heard on the three issues that were most important to them: youth unemployment, marriage equality and mental health.
“Every day, politicians are making decisions that will impact the country and the futures of our young people without even bothering to ask them what they think, and it’s simply not good enough,” she said.
“When you listen to the reason why [“YMCA”] was written and listen to the verses, then you see it fits with our social mission. We want to be a social movement for young people and with young people.”
Boy George said he was reluctant to re-record the song but ultimate couldn’t say no because “this message is too important.”
“The world can be a scary and overwhelming place, it’s easy to feel you’re not important and that your views don’t matter,” he said.
“What if the answer to some of our biggest problems is in the mind of a young person who feels there’s no place in society for them? We need to give them a voice and start listening.”
For more information about YMCA Australia’s camapign, visit the Why Not? website. Listen to Boy George’s new version of “YMCA” below: