If their was a captain of team Boy George (vs. team Michael Jackson, in the 80s).. it would be me. Without shame, I tell you all that I worshipped Culture Club for the better part of a decade. My walls were coated in posters. Coated. Today’s record is a sealed, new beauty. Not the best Culture Club album but a true score. I’m sure you can guess the best. If there were blogs in the 80s, I would have geeked out & dedicated an entire blog to them. I’ll use restraint today. A photograph of me dressed like Boy George for an elementary school lip sync made it into our wedding reception slideshow! Remember that dad? MOm braiding my entire headed of hair at 6am before school?
cut n pasted from WIKI: Boy George (born George Alan O’Dowd on 14 June 1961) 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. Being involved in many activities (among them songwriting, DJing, writing books, designing clothes and photography), he has released fewer music recordings in the last decade.
Realizing they had a transvestite Irish singer (George), a black-Briton (Craig), a Jewish drummer (Moss), and an Anglo-Saxon Englishman (Hay), they settled on the name Culture Club, referring to the various ethnic backgrounds of the members.
The band’s third album Waking Up with the House on Fire (UK#2, US#26) featured the hit single “The War Song” and a modest hit in “Mistake No. 3”. George then provided a lead vocal role on the Band Aidinternational hit single “Do They Know It’s Christmas.” He was not featured on the cover sleeve of the single. Proceeds from the single were donated to feed famine victims in Africa, particularly Ethiopia. In 1986, George guest-starred on an episode of the television action-drama series The A-Team, in which he played himself. The episode was entitled “Cowboy George”. PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF THESE VIDEOS DON’T LOAD – YOUTUBE IS DOING THAT BLACK SCREEN THING AGAIN!?
In January 2011, George agreed to return to the Church of Cyprus an 18th-century icon of Christ that he had bought without knowing its origin. 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.
Boy George has a wee criminal rap sheet (lol) and is an admitted heroin addict. In Take It Like a Man, George told his side of his 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 directed at Moss. However, one of Culture Club’s biggest hits “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me” was about Brandon. Moss acknowledged that he had a sexual and romantic relationship with George, but Brandon denies he ever had a relationship with George.
In 2006, in an episodic documentary directed by Simon George titled The Madness of Boy George, George declared on camera he was “militantly gay”. In a 2008 documentary Living with Boy George, he talks about his first realisation he was gay, and when he first told his parents. George is 50 now! Holy. I’ve just narowly missed him in his DJ career – he came to Victoria last year and it was 50 bucks to get in. maybe next time.
- Boy George in Nightclub Attack (inquisitr.com)