Boy George
English musician
Boy George
Boy George is an English singer-songwriter, who was part of the English New Romanticism movement which emerged in the early 1980s. His music is often classified as blue-eyed soul, which is influenced by rhythm and blues and reggae. His 1990s and 2000s-era solo music has glam influences such as David Bowie and Iggy Pop. He also founded and was lead singer of Jesus Loves You during the period 1989–1992.
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Constitutional Crossroads
Huffington Post - 22 days
The musings of our 45th President...(This is in the Comedy section) The Constitution is really stupid. First of all, it isn't even typed. Maybe that's why it's written on old yellow paper that looks like grandma's toenails. I don't like old houses or old ladies and now I'm adding the Constitution to that list. It's like over 200 years old. Would you drive a car that old? And look at the weirdos who wrote it. They dressed like some guy's creepy old wife -- wigs and funny socks and white powder. Probably druggies. So dumb. Probably took so long to write because they couldn't figure out what bathroom to use. What a stupid waste of time. I'm like Truman. The buck stops with me. But I'm gonna use the 100 dollar bill. So it's more important. I make the decisions. I don't need some stupid old yellow paper when a so-called judge is trying to tell us what to do and let bad people come into our homes and kill us. And besides stopping the terrorism, I'm going to fix t ...
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A 'Venerable Human Being': Celebrities Pay Heartfelt Tribute To John Hurt
Huffington Post - about 1 month
function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); Celebrity fans and friends are paying tribute to actor John Hurt, who died at the age of 77 on Friday. Jamie Lee Curtis, Kiefer Sutherland, Sharon Stone, Elijah Wood and J.K. Rowling, among many others, posted heartfelt messages on Twitter in honor of the British star, perhaps best known for his roles in “The Elephant Man,” “1984” and “Midnight Express.” So very sad to hear that the immensely talented and deeply beloved John Hurt has died. My thoug ...
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Dorit Kemsley: Boy George is so much more than a housemate
Fox News - about 1 month
Newest 'Real Housewife of Beverly Hills'
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The Queer Icons Still With Us In 2017
Huffington Post - about 2 months
There’s an urban legend that the Stonewall riots happened because gays were so upset by the death of Judy Garland. That never understood that until 2016, when we were all devastated by the loss of one queer icon after another ― David Bowie, George Michael, Debbie Reynolds, Alexis Arquette and so many more. There was even a rumor John Waters was about to go ― turns out he was just celebrating Christmas by passing a kidney stone. So don’t worry, John’s fine. And so are a ton of fabulous queer icons who are not just still alive, but producing some amazing work. And not just just kidney stones. Whether they’re gay themselves, or allies, or somewhere in between, the LGBT community’s role models are particularly important, since we’re often rendered invisible or closeted. When you hardly ever see your community held up as aspirational, you learn to be protective of the ones who make it, like Wanda Sykes, or the allies who’ve stood by us, like Cyndi Lauper. A lot of ...
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Sarah Michelle Gellar Mixes Up Her '80s Icons In George Michael Tribute
Huffington Post - 2 months
Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar made an embarrassing mixup when tweeting out a tribute to the late music icon George Michael, who died Sunday at age 53. According to Us Weekly, Gellar mistook Michael for Boy George, writing, “Do you really want to hurt me? I guess you do 2016 #ripboygeorge.” Gellar has since deleted the tweet and corrected herself after other Twitter users pointed out the mistake, promising that her “intentions were good.” Just as sad when you get the correct information- #ripGeorgeMichael thank you to everyone who corrected me- it's still so sad — Sarah Michelle (@SarahMGellar) December 25, 2016 And for the record yes I completely know the difference between Boy George and George Michael- I heard incorrectly. My intentions were good — Sarah Michelle (@SarahMGellar) December 26, 2016 This is usually why I don't comment on public matters, but it all seemed so sad on Christmas. Lesson learned. — Sarah Michelle (@SarahM ...
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The New Celebrity Apprentice: all you need to know about the new season.
Yahoo News - 2 months
The New Celebrity Apprentice has a whole lot new about it: a new title and a new "Chairman of the Board," as the show calls him, Arnold Schwarzenegger. What else is new? Here's all you need to know about the new season. The top 3 most anticipated new winter TV shows The 16 contestants hoping to win $250,000 for their charity - Retired boxer Laila Ali: The Women's Sports Foundation, which ensures girls' access to sports - Actor/comic Jon Lovitz: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for childhood cancer - '80s icon Boy George: Safe Kids Worldwide, which helps prevent childhood injuries - Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson: Young Warriors , a program for fatherless boys - Former Dancing with the Stars winner and host Brooke Burke-Charvet: Operation Smile , for kids with facial deformities - Kyle Richards of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills: Children's Hospital Los Angeles - Matt Iseman of American Ninja Warrior: The Arthritis Foundation - Former host of Big Morning Buzz Live with Carr ...
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Give Me Shelter...With Style!
Huffington Post - 2 months
A photo of SLS Brickell's distinctive exterior at night. Photo Credit: The Related Group. One of the first priorities of early humankind was finding a safe place to live. Before basic tools and the invention of blueprints eventually became sophisticated enough to construct a stand-alone home, a defensible 'pre-fab' cave with a burning campfire would do for protection. A building boom of sorts spread through primitive societies, propelled by pioneering "architects" who incorporated creature comforts with structural soundness. Whether a mud hut, a scaffold-like teepee or cliff-side condo, one innovation after another--especially indoor plumbing--contributed to an expanding and flowing fabricated environment that continued to evolve, and there is evidence that many early dwellings also incorporated art works, such as murals of bison, Pompeiian mosaic floors, or tall stone carvings of abstracted humanoid forms. As the grand cities of America began to shoot upwards into the sky as usea ...
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Boy George Selects Safe Kids Worldwide as his Charity on "The New Celebrity Apprentice" Premiering January 2 on NBC
Yahoo News - 3 months
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --  Boy George, Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and lead vocalist for the pop band Culture Club, will compete to raise money and awareness for Safe Kids Worldwide on "The New Celebrity Apprentice." The show will premiere January 2 at 8 p.m. EST on NBC and ends with the finale on February 13. "We're very excited that Boy George selected Safe Kids as his charity on 'The New Celebrity Apprentice.' The show will certainly be entertaining to all, with the added benefit of raising awareness of just how important it is to protect kids from injuries," said Kate Carr, president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide.  "An accidental injury is the number one cause of death of children in the United States.
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Alexis Arquette's Cause Of Death Reportedly AIDS-Related Complications
Huffington Post - 6 months
Alexis Arquette, trans actress and activist, reportedly died from complications related to AIDS, People reports.  According to the news outlet, no other details about Arquette’s health have been released. The Huffington Post has reached out to representatives for Arquette and her family for more information and will update this post accordingly.  Arquette died early Sunday morning surrounded by her family. The actress, who appeared in films like “Pulp Fiction” and “The Wedding Singer,” was 47.  Following the news of her death, Arquette’s brother Richmond shared a statement (in which he chose to use male pronouns despite her identifying as female) on Facebook. “He died as he lived, on his own terms. I am immensely grateful that it was fast and painless. It was an incredibly moving experience and I am humbled and grateful to have been able to have been with him as he began his journey onward,” he wrote. “Thank you, Alexis, I love you and will love you always.” On Sunday ...
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Kris Jenner Booed While Introducing Culture Club At iHeartRadio Event
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Culture Club fans apparently don't like Kris Jenner very much.  During iHeart Radio's iHeart80s party in Los Angeles Saturday, the "momager of the century," as the announcer called her, took to the stage to introduce the iconic '80s group -- much to the disappointment of the crowd.  As soon as she stepped onstage, channeling Boy George in a black suit and bowler hat, the crowd started booing. But like a pro, Jenner continued on despite the negative audience reaction. As the reality TV mogul talked about meeting Boy George in France and gushed about how she's been "obsessed" with him since the '80s, a voice came over the sound system apparently trying to get the crowd to stop.  "Hey! Hey people!" the mystery voice shouted as Jenner continued on with her intro. But as soon as she introduced the band, the crowd shifted its tune and began cheering again.  You can watch the whole thing go down below:  Also on HuffPost:  -- This feed and its contents are t ...
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Grant a wish. With the stylist Richie Rich and The Wishmaker Simonetta Lein
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Downtown LA, where everything seems so big and you can feel lost or free. It is one of the usual hot, not rainy, Californian days and I am about to see my publicist. She comes to pick me up and there is someone else in the car. His face is well known, one of those kinds of personalities that you cannot forget. "My name is Richie", he tells me with a super nice smile. I tremble for a bit. He is Richie Rich. The Richie Rich? Yes, the fashion designer founder of the clothing line Heatherette. He dressed up so many celebrities, he had Naomi Campbell and Paris Hilton model for him. All of a sudden I remember him in many pictures with Boy George. He is right there, sitting next to me, with an incredible style and something that might sound very Californian but I have to say it: a very beautiful energy. We decide to sit down and have a drink and he seems the most easygoing person that I have ever known. "How did it happen that you became Richie Rich?", I ask him. "Very simple", he says," I ...
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The Goblin King Is Dead, Long Live the Goblin King: An Elegy for David Bowie
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Original art courtesy of Francesca Giaimo. When I was eight or nine my family and I were living in Thailand. Back in those 1980's technological dark ages, it was customary that if you wanted to watch new American movies you'd get a bootleg VHS tape from any number of available sources. The tapes were often shaky hand-held deals of someone pirating in an actual movie theater, replete with other viewers getting up to use the toilet in the days when seeing a 90-minute film was pushing a person's normal bladder capacity. And so it was that a crappy version of Labyrinth ended up in my little hands, sparking the longest love affair I've ever had with a man. I remember sitting on the floor looking up at The Goblin King, his gorgeous face, that wild hair, and that enigmatic bulge in his trousers, and I'd fallen under his spell. A year or so later, I not only had the film perfectly memorized -- a parlor trick I can perform to this day -- I had literally worn out the tape spool and we ...
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10 David Bowie Videos to Show How He Rocked the World!
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Mural of David Bowie in Brixton, London, where he was born. Photo by: Louise McLaren Soon after David Bowie's departure from earth, the internet flooded with tributes. But it also left many millennials who had never seen his work wondering, 'who is David Bowie?' It left Twitter abuzz with speculations. It's cool though, because now a whole new generation gets to discover the work of this legendary rocker. David Bowie was famous for his theatrical concerts, costumes, and genre bending styles which had him surfing through five and a half decades of music, film, art, and theatre. Bowie was exceptional specifically because he challenged the status quo and even his own fame to constantly re-invent himself, re-invigorate his music, and create new trends. Along the way he was a key influencer through artist Andy Warhol's reign in the 60s, the emergence of glam rock and punk rock in NYC, through the early days of MTV, 90s post punk and grunge, all the way through the electronic mu ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Boy George
    FIFTIES
  • 2016
    Age 54
    In January 2016, George joined the fifth series of The Voice UK, replacing Tom Jones as a mentor.
    More Details Hide Details Boy George will also partake in the 8th series of The Celebrity Apprentice on NBC. By the late 1980s, George had been struggling with heroin addiction for many years. He attempted to perform concerts while under its influence. Addictions to other drugs soon followed. Determined to save George's life, his younger brother David made an appearance on UK national television and discussed George's drug habit, which George had been publicly denying at that time. In 1986, Boy George was arrested for heroin possession as part of "Operation Culture."
  • 2014
    Age 52
    On 20 May 2014, it was announced on several Boy George pages on Facebook, as well as the official Culture Club site on the same social network, that the band is back together. A new picture of the four members was also posted, along with a list of 11 concert dates through the UK. Alison Moyet would be a special guest on the concerts. The band was scheduled to perform selected dates in America in autumn 2014 before the UK tour in December.
    More Details Hide Details According to the sales tickets service, prior to these live dates Culture Club would be going into the studio to record new material, with producer Youth, who had previously worked with Paul McCartney, the Verve and Embrace among others, for a new album meant to be released in early 2015. The release date was later changed to "early 2016" but as of September of that year, pre-orders were still being taken and the album (titled "Tribes") was unreleased.
  • 2013
    Age 51
    It was written during the song writing sessions for his album This Is What I Do released in October 2013.
    More Details Hide Details It has been remixed by the likes of Marc Vedo and Kinky Roland. The artist listed for the song is Dharma Protocol featuring Boy George. A video was released on YouTube shot and directed by Boy George, though he did not appear in the video. It was set on the Epping Ongar Railway and starred Danie Cox, lead singer and guitarist of London-based band the Featherz.
    On 19 August 2013, it was announced George would release his new studio album of original material, This Is What I Do, his first in 18 years.
    More Details Hide Details The album was written by George and longtime writing partners John Themis, Kevan Frost and Richie Stevens. Stevens produced the record at London's Cowshed Studios and it was released by Kobalt Label Services. The album also features writing collaborations with Youth, and a version of Yoko Ono's "Death of Samantha". It was mixed by Dave Bascombe and features a string of guest musicians including DJ Yoda, Kitty Durham, Ally McErlaine, MC Spee and Nizar Al Issa.
  • 2012
    Age 50
    George's 2012 appearances included the Melbourne International Arts Festival in October, both as featured guest DJ and also performing with Antony Hegarty in the festival's presentations of Swanlights, the Museum of Modern Art's musical artwork commission, which had only ever been performed one night previously, at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
    More Details Hide Details June 2013 saw the release of a new song, "Coming Home". Mikey Craig, former band mate in Culture Club, co-wrote the song with George.
  • FORTIES
  • 2011
    Age 49
    In January 2011, George transferred an 18th-century icon of Christ to the Church of Cyprus.
    More Details Hide Details The icon, which had adorned his home for 26 years, had been looted from the church of St Charalampus from the village of New Chorio, near Kythrea. George had originally purchased the icon from a London art dealer eleven years after the Turkish invasion of Cyprus. He returned the icon at the Saints Anargyroi Church, Highgate, North London. Harper Collins published his first autobiography, Take It Like a Man, in 1995, written with Spencer Bright. The book was released to coincide with the timing of George's solo album Cheapness and Beauty, actually released at the same time, dealing with the same themes, and also including a number of photographs as in the book. Take It Like a Man was a best-seller in the UK. In 2005, Century published Straight, his second autobiographical book, this time written with author Paul Gorman. It was in The Sunday Times best-seller list for six weeks. This latter autobiography starts off where the former had stopped, though the two works are different in style, due to their different co-authors, and all of the chapters have a title in the 2005 book, while the 1995 autobiography only featured numbered sections.
    On 27 January 2011, George announced to the BBC that there would be a 30th anniversary Culture Club reunion tour sometime later in the year and that they would be releasing a new album in 2012.
    More Details Hide Details Although the 2011 tour never took place, Culture Club did play two live concerts, in Dubai and Sydney, the latter being a New Year's Eve concert. In interviews given shortly before the concerts, the group confirmed that they were indeed recording new material though this has yet to surface.
  • 2009
    Age 47
    On 23 December 2009, George had his request to appear on the final series of Celebrity Big Brother (to be broadcast on Channel 4) turned down by the Probation Service.
    More Details Hide Details Richard Clayton QC, representing the Probation Service, said George's participation would pose "a high level of risk" to the service's reputation. Clayton argued that if he used the show to promote his status as a celebrity and earn "a lucrative sum of money" it could undermine public confidence in the criminal justice system. When George was with Culture Club, much was made of his androgynous appearance, and there was speculation about his sexuality. Although he never flatly denied that he was gay, when asked in interviews about his sexual orientation, George gave various answers. He gave a famous, oft-quoted response to an interviewer that he preferred "a nice cup of tea" to sex. In Take It Like a Man, George stated that he had secret relationships with punk rock singer Kirk Brandon and Culture Club drummer Jon Moss. He stated many of the songs he wrote for Culture Club were about his relationship with Moss.
    George was initially incarcerated at HM Prison Pentonville but was then transferred to HM Prison Highpoint North. He was given early release after four months for good behaviour on 11 May 2009.
    More Details Hide Details George was required to wear an ankle monitor and submit to a curfew for the remainder of his sentence.
    On 16 January 2009, George was sentenced to 15 months' imprisonment for these offences.
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  • 2008
    Age 46
    On 5 December 2008, George was convicted in Snaresbrook Crown Court, London, of the assault and false imprisonment of Audun Carlsen—a Norwegian who initially stood for a photography session with George, but on their next meeting George handcuffed him to a wall fixture, traumatising him, and subjected him to violence.
    More Details Hide Details George's defence gave the effects of his long-term drug use as a mitigating factor.
    Boy George participated in RETROFEST held in Scotland in August 2008, and a 30-date UK tour took place in October/November 2008.
    More Details Hide Details In 2009, he signed a new record deal subsequently releasing the album Ordinary Alien – The Kinky Roland Files in the autumn of 2010. The album consisted of previously recorded tracks mixed by longtime dance partner Kinky Roland. He took part in Night of the Proms, which is a series of concerts held yearly in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Spain which consist of a combination of pop music and popular classical music (often combined).
    The American tour which was planned for July/August 2008 had to be cancelled because he had been denied a United States visa due to the pending London court case scheduled for November 2008.
    More Details Hide Details On 2 July 6 concert dates in South America were announced.
    In April 2008, The Biography Channel featured a documentary on the life of Boy George.
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    He played a special residency at the Shaw Theatre in London from 23 January 2008, followed by a full UK tour.
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  • 2007
    Age 45
    The incident, which happened in April 2007, stemmed from George's belief that Carlsen had attempted to hack into his computer while he was visiting George's flat for a nude photo session.
    More Details Hide Details Although the sentence was for 15 months, he was released after serving only four months. After being released from prison, George resumed his DJ career embarking on a worldwide tour of clubs.
    In 2007, he toured as a DJ, visiting many venues in locations such as Stuttgart, Rotterdam, Auckland, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Dubai, Montreal, Toronto, London, Blackpool, Coventry, Munich, Lyon, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Brussels and Moscow.
    More Details Hide Details In January 2009, George was sentenced to 15 months in prison for falsely imprisoning a male escort (Auden Carlsen) by handcuffing him to a wall and beating him with a metal chain.
    George cancelled his planned 2007 October tour via an announcement on his official website.
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    On 11 May 2007, he performed as a DJ at the launch party for the Palazzo Versace in Dubai, UAE.
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    On 4 March 2007, he performed as a DJ at the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney for the Mardi Gras Festival.
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    On 25 February 2007, George was special guest DJ at LGBT nightspot, the Court Hotel in Perth, Australia.
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  • 2006
    Age 44
    Boy George has run his own fashion line for some years, called "B-Rude". B-Rude has shown at fashion shows in London, New York and Moscow. On 24 December 2006, George appeared on a one-off BBC TV programme Duet Impossible in which he performed with himself from the 1980s and joked about his street cleaning.
    More Details Hide Details Later in 2007, two electronica/dance collaborations were released in limited editions. In the spring, the track "You're Not the One" was remixed from an old demo and released with the dance combo "Loverush UK" reaching the top 20 in the UK dance chart. It was a digital-only release, available in many digital retailers like iTunes. Also on iTunes, a new collaboration with trip-hop/electro band Dark Globe, called "Atoms", was released on 19 November. The single contains eight versions, from the slow original to electro remixes by Ariya and Henrik Schwarz. Also in late 2007, an EP titled "Disco Abomination" appeared on the internet, available for download on several underground outlets. It included new remixes of tracks like "Turn 2 Dust", "Love Your Brother", and covers of "Don't Wanna See Myself" and "Go Your Own Way". Most of the versions are remixes done by German producer Kinky Roland.
    Some recent tracks were shared by George himself in late 2006 and early 2007 on his YouTube account, his three Myspace pages and sometimes on his official site.
    More Details Hide Details In January 2007, Boy George released "Time Machine" on Plan A Records. "Time Machine" was co-written by double Ivor Novello Award-winning songwriter Amanda Ghost who also co-wrote "You're Beautiful" with James Blunt.
  • 2005
    Age 43
    On his "More Protein" website, he also announced another album, also named Straight, for mid-2005.
    More Details Hide Details The album was never released but a four track sampler was released with the book of the same name. A reggaeton oriented EP was also planned for August 2006 but was never released.
    In 2005, George released Straight, the second volume of his autobiography.
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    In March 2005 he was the guest host for an episode of The Friday Night Project, for Channel 4 television.
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  • 2003
    Age 41
    During 2003, he presented a weekly show on London radio station LBC 97.3 for six months.
    More Details Hide Details He wrote the foreword for a feng shui book called Practical Feng Shui by Simon G. Brown (published in 1998). He also appeared as a guest on the British comedy-talk show The Kumars at No. 42.
  • 2002
    Age 40
    From 2002 to 2004, under the pseudonym "The Twin", Boy George experimented in electronica, releasing limited edition 7" singles and promo records.
    More Details Hide Details The limited releases included four 7" singles, one limited 12" single (for "Sanitised") and a promo CD, a 13-track album Yum Yum. Two years later, it was released via digital outlets such as iTunes. An album recorded in the spring of 2003 was also shelved. A collaboration with electronic combo T–Total, the album was a collection of covers of songs by Jefferson Airplane, David Bowie, John Lennon, Dusty Springfield, T. Rex and Eurythmics among others.
    In 2002, Boy George released U Can Never B2 Straight, an "unplugged" collection of rare and lesser known acoustic works.
    More Details Hide Details It contained unreleased tracks from previous years as well as some ballads from Cheapness and Beauty and the Culture Club album Don't Mind if I Do. It received the best reviews of Boy George's solo career, many of them highlighting his strong song writing abilities. The record was only released in the UK and Japan, and received almost no promotion from Virgin Records, only rising to No. 147 on the UK album charts.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1999
    Age 37
    In 1999, Boy George collaborated on songs with dance-oriented acts.
    More Details Hide Details For example, "Why Go?", a slow-paced track with Faithless, from their Sunday 8pm LP, was later released in a remixed form in some European countries and Australia. A track was done with Groove Armada, named "Innocence is Lost", but was only released on a promo 12" in 1999. Boy George remained a figure in the public eye, starring in the London musical Taboo, based on the New Romantic scene of the early 1980s (George did not play himself, opting instead to take on the persona of Australian-born performance artist Leigh Bowery). Boy George was nominated for a Tony Award for the "Best Musical Score" and Taboo was a great success in London's West End, though a heavily-altered American production produced by Rosie O'Donnell in New York City was short-lived (100 performances, versus the two-year run in London).
  • 1995
    Age 33
    In 1995, Kirk Brandon sued George for libel claiming that George mentioned a love affair between them in George's autobiography, Take It Like a Man.
    More Details Hide Details George won the court case and Brandon was ordered to pay £200,000 to Virgin Records, EMI Virgin Music and the book publisher in costs. Brandon declared himself bankrupt, which resulted in Boy George paying over £60,000 in legal fees. On 7 October 2005, George was arrested in Manhattan on suspicion of cocaine possession and falsely reporting a burglary. George denied that the drug was his. In court on 1 February 2006, the cocaine possession charge was dropped and George pleaded guilty to falsely reporting a burglary. He was sentenced to five days of community service, fined US$1,000 and ordered to attend a drug rehabilitation programme. On 17 June 2006, a Manhattan judge issued a warrant for the arrest of Boy George after he failed to appear in court for a hearing on why George wanted to change his sentence for the false burglary report. George's attorney informed the court that he had advised George not to appear at that hearing.
    George released the rock-driven album Cheapness and Beauty in 1995, but the album was not successful, although the single "Same Thing in Reverse" became a minor US hit.
    More Details Hide Details The Unrecoupable One Man Bandit - Volume One was the next album release, first being sold on the internet only then distributed by independent labels. Another project from the time was a new group that would include Boy George and two long-time musicians, John Themis and Ritchie Stevens. Initially named 'Shallow', it was later renamed 'Dubversive'. The project took place in 1997 and was to include trip-hop, dub and reggae. The project was not picked up by any major labels but some of the songs were later included on the 2002 Culture Club Box Set, and some others appeared on eBay in 2004. On some other labels, several dance-oriented songs were released in various countries. For example, "Love is Leaving" went Top 3 in Italy and "When Will You Learn" reached the top position in the Swiss charts. "When Will You Learn" was also nominated for the Best Dance Recording, at the Grammy Awards.
  • 1993
    Age 31
    In 1993, George was featured on the P.M. Dawn single "More Than Likely" which became a moderate US and UK hit.
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  • 1992
    Age 30
    In 1992, George had a major US and UK hit with the song "The Crying Game", from the soundtrack for the film of the same name.
    More Details Hide Details The film became a surprise hit and the single reached the No. 15 in the US. Although he had had several solo hits in Europe, this would be Boy George's biggest US hit since Culture Club's "Move Away" reached the US Top 20. He has also enjoyed a second career as a notable music DJ. His first gig as a DJ was at Phillip Sallon's new nightclub, Planets, located in London's Piccadilly. In the 1990s he came to the attention of legendary rave/house promoters Fantazia who asked him to mix 1 of the discs on the 2 volume in their new compilation series Fantazia The House Collection 2. This compilation was a success in the UK, going gold. The album was also sold to Sony for European-wide release. London nightclub Ministry of Sound hired him to compile one of their first CDs, and it promptly sold 100,000 copies. He then completed some compilations for them, five of them being the Annual I to V.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1990
    Age 28
    From March 1990 to April 1991, George presented a weekly chat and music show on the Power Station satellite channel called Blue Radio.
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  • 1989
    Age 27
    In 1989, George formed his own record label, More Protein, and began recording under the name Jesus Loves You, writing under the pseudonym Angela Dust, a word play on angel dust.
    More Details Hide Details He released several underground hits in the early 1990s; "After the Love", "Generations of Love" and "Bow Down Mister", the last giving him a UK Top 30 hit in 1991. Inspired by his involvement in the Hare Krishna movement (ISKCON), George had written the song during a trip to India. Another single, "One on One", featured a remix by Massive Attack.
  • 1987
    Age 25
    In 1987, he released his first solo album, Sold, which garnered mild success in Europe.
    More Details Hide Details It spawned the UK singles "Everything I Own" (UK No. 1), "Keep Me in Mind" (UK No. 29), "To Be Reborn" (UK No. 13), and the title song, "Sold" (UK No. 24). The singles were also hits in various other European countries. The album's success, however, was not duplicated in America. This may be due in part to the fact that George was prohibited by US authorities from travelling to the United States for several years because of his British drug charges. He was therefore unable to be in America to help promote the album. George did score his first solo US Top 40 hit with the single "Live My Life" (US No. 40) from the soundtrack to the film Hiding Out. Tense Nervous Headache (1988) and Boyfriend (1989) would be his next two internationally released albums; however, these two albums would not be distributed in the US. Instead, Virgin Records selected several songs from each of these albums for a North American-only release called High Hat (1989). High Hat scored a US Top 5 R&B hit in "Don't Take My Mind on a Trip", produced by Teddy Riley. George's following single in the UK was "No Clause 28 (Emilio Pasqez Space Face Full Remix)", a protest song against a legal provision banning local authorities from promoting homosexuality. The song was an underground acid house hit.
  • 1986
    Age 24
    After the dissolution of Culture Club in 1986, Boy George entered treatment for his addiction.
    More Details Hide Details He was prescribed narcotics to treat his addiction to heroin. In kicking his heroin addiction, he then became addicted to the prescription narcotics that were used during his treatment.
    In 1986, George performed a guest-starring cameo role in an episode titled "Cowboy George" of the television series The A-Team.
    More Details Hide Details Also in 1986, Culture Club released their fourth album, From Luxury to Heartache (UK No. 10, US No. 32) which featured the hit single, "Move Away". However, word shortly began circulating in tabloids that George was addicted to drugs. He was arrested in Britain for possession of cannabis. Shortly thereafter, keyboardist Michael Rudetsky, who co-wrote the song "Sexuality" on Culture Club's From Luxury to Heartache album, was found dead of a heroin overdose in George's London home. Rudetsky's parents filed a wrongful death suit in Britain against George, seeking financial damages for their son's death. With George's drug addiction, the underwhelming performance of their last two albums, a soured romance between band members shrouded in secrecy, and a wrongful death lawsuit looming, the group ultimately disbanded. George won the court case against the Rudetskys and was not required to pay any monetary damages. He would agree to seek treatment for his addiction. George, however, would lose another friend, Mark Vaultier, who overdosed on methadone and Valium at a party. George never made it to the party. He had been arrested en route to the party on suspicion of carrying drugs.
  • 1985
    Age 23
    In 1985 George performed backing vocals to Feargal Sharkey's number one hit "A Good Heart".
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  • 1982
    Age 20
    They recorded their debut album Kissing to Be Clever (UK No. 5, US No. 14) and it was released in 1982.
    More Details Hide Details The single "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me? ", became an international hit, reaching No. 1 in a dozen countries around the world, plus top ten in several more countries (US No. 2). This was followed by the Top 5 hit "Time" in the US and UK, and "I'll Tumble 4 Ya" which reached US No. 9. This gave Culture Club the distinction of being the first group since the Beatles to have three Top 10 hits in the US from a debut album. Their next album, Colour By Numbers was an enormous success, topping the UK charts and hit No. 2 in the US. The single "Church of the Poison Mind" became a Top 10 hit, and "Karma Chameleon" became an international hit, peaking at No. 1 in sixteen countries, and the top ten in additional countries. It hit No. 1 in the US where it stayed for three weeks. It was the best-selling single of the year in the United Kingdom, where it spent six weeks at No. 1. "Victims" and "It's a Miracle" were further Top 5 UK hits, while "Miss Me Blind" reached the Top 5 in the US.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1961
    Born
    Boy George was born George Alan O'Dowd in Eltham, London, on 14 June 1961, to Jeremiah and Dinah O'Dowd, and had four brothers and one sister.
    More Details Hide Details George was a follower of the New Romantic movement which was popular in Britain in the early 1980s. He lived in various squats around Warren Street in Central London. He and his friend Marilyn were regulars at Blitz, a London nightclub run by Steve Strange and Rusty Egan. The pop artists that inspired him were Siouxsie and the Banshees, David Bowie, T. Rex, Roxy Music and Patti Smith. Boy George's androgynous style of dressing caught the attention of music executive Malcolm McLaren (previously the manager of the Sex Pistols), who arranged for George to perform with the group Bow Wow Wow. Going by the stage name Lieutenant Lush, his tenure with Bow Wow Wow proved problematic with lead singer Annabella Lwin. George eventually left the group and started his own band with bassist Mikey Craig. They were joined by Jon Moss (who had drumming stints with the Damned and Adam and the Ants) and then guitarist Roy Hay. Realising they had a cross-dressing Irish singer (George), a black-Briton (Craig), a Jewish drummer (Moss) and an ethnic Englishman (Hay), they settled on the name Culture Club, referring to the various ethnic backgrounds of the members.
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