Lets talk about Boy George. Anyone here met him? Any gossip?
A couple of friends knew/ know him and say he's witty and lovely.
I have no time for his music, but I admire him when interviewed. Even when being bated or goaded he responds with dignified pithiness.
I think she's pretty.
I think he's quit smoking, which is good. Or at least cut down. He admits his singing had become hoarse during his heavy drugging days.
I wish he hadn't self-destructed so quickly in the 80s, since he was a very good singer/song-writer, and so funny. I can't remember any other big pop stars being out at the time. Elton was in his sham of a marriage, so he didn't count.
Love Boy George. He's made some excellent music since leaving Culture Club. Had tickets to see him perform in Boston a couple years ago, but after his arrest he was barred from entering the country (and the US-leg of his tour was canceled). I hope he plans another tour soon.
he is gay
His autobiography was excellent and well-written. I'll forgive his bad stuff for that little bit of intelligence.
"He admits his singing had become hoarse during his heavy drugging days."
I'm having that problem right now!
[quote] A couple of friends knew/ know him and say he's witty and lovely.
He wasn't so lovely to me.
Thanks R6, for that fast-breaking news alert.
In other news, Elton John is gay.
I never liked his music, but as a previous poster said, he comes across as perceptive, kind, and pithy in interviews.
I'll tumble for ya
He always made passes at me. I just had to explain to him, again and again, I'm straight!
Moss is mostly straight, that's why George looked as much like a girl as he could while they were together.
He was a great singer.
Culture Club was big not only on Top 40 radio, but even R&B radio where I got to know them.
His early 90s more dance-oriented stuff under the moniker Jesus Loves You was quite good.
I've been a fan of his for ages. He was a ground-breaker in the day and we just don't see freaks like that anymore.
Most people think he just stopped after Culture Club, but the truth is he's worked constantly. Even during his periods of drug addiction. He says he's busier now than he's ever been with his various projects. He just doesn't have the same level of fame, which he probably prefers.
In terms of his work I prefer his solo stuff. It's much edgier and more interesting than anything he did with CC.
By his own admission he can be moody, rude, and unpleasant, even to fans. He feels that if someone is being an ass to him he'll respond in kind. He's basically a working class scrapper. He had to be considering how he grew up and his early life in squats amongst the punks and New Romantic guttersnipes. He has a reputation among his friends for being a cunt at times.
He's funny and charming in interviews, but if you watch one of the many "behind the scenes" documentaries about him you'll see that he can be bitchy and difficult.
He is the Lance Loud of our age.
A great singer?! Are you all deaf?
Even he has admitted that he can't really sing. Which I do give him credit for being honest.
R21, Not true. He was a great, if underrated, singer.
Check out his vocals on "The Crying Game" on youtube. According to a music biz guy I dated around that time, Boy George got that in one take.
I love his voice. Fans should check out a Europe-only Culture Club album called "Don't Mind If I Do."
He can sing. He doesn't have a great voice, but it's fine. Effective for the kind of music he does. It's raspy and soulful.
He never said he couldn't sing. What he said was that he was a lazy singer. In the early days he often sang just under the note.
He certainly doesn't need a bunch studio wizardry like most pop stars these days.
[quote] A great singer?! Are you all deaf?
No, and I've read plenty of critical acclaim for his voice. The only reason a flamboyant white queen was able to crossover to the R&B charts in the 80s, was because he had a rich, soulful voice.
[quote] Even he has admitted that he can't really sing.
Link please. And even if he did say it, he probably meant it as a joke. Or just happened to be in a overly humble mood.
Now admittedly I do think he let his voice go downhill with his smoking and drugging. He made one of his best albums during that period, U Can Never B 2 Straight. All the songs are great and George sings them well but you can hear the hoarseness, and I'd prefer it was done with his clear 80s voice.
George Boy appearing on 'Face The Nation' to discuss the "Feminizing of America"
Start at 3:27 In
The first time I saw him - I was a little kid - I couldn't figure out if he was male or female but I had a feeling SOMETHING ELSE was going on and I liked it. In my 20s I finally figured out I like gender-bendery fellas.
It was 30 years ago that he said that, so I wouldn't know where to find a link, but I certainly remember it. The point about him joking is possible, but when I hear him sing without music, it's just not a "great voice".
He's no George Michael.
The man can sing. He's no Darren Hayes but he can sing very well.
Give me time to realize my crime...
I still get goosebumps when I hear him sing that opening line. How can anyone say he couldn't sing!
He's a really good singer, and I'm picky. I don't think there's any comparison with George Michael, because his voice never did shit for me. Someone who thinks Michael's voice is great probably wouldn't be able to appreciate Boy's.
R37 that's not true. I actually love them both. Different types of singers and different qualities to their voices. Obvious comparisons because both were blue eyed soul. Just because GM did nothing for you, it's hard to deny his great voice and incredible talent. BG sounds more soulful and rich and more vulnerable. Love them both - wish we had singers like that now on the charts.
[quote] Does he still have any of the money he made from Culture Club?
He's owned a giant, castle-like house since the CC days. Every once in a while rumors float that he's going to lose it, and George always laughs it off. Perez Hilton initiated a friendship with George and then pissed him off by posting that George was going to do UK's Big Brother because he was desperate for money. George corrected him on twitter, saying if he did do Big Brother, it wouldn't be for fun, not the money. They had been begging him for years, and he finally agreed, but it was shortly before his arrest so it never happened. Again Perez made him look like a pathetic has-been desperate for money, ignoring George's denial on twitter. That really pissed George off and ended their friendship.
Bitter Bitter Bitter. He had a great voice. Over now. His new album is overproduced in order drown out his raspy warblings. Actually the album's pretty good except for the singing.
The video for his new single came out today.
I like the song, and think he looks and sounds good. Don't think the video really supports the song well though. Maybe it's just that boxing metaphors bore me.
Looks like he has lost a ton of weight. Good for him!
He has a very nice voice, very expressive and sensual.
He truly fucked up when he became a junkie. I remember some pictures of him at some concert where he was so out of it he could barely stank and his face was covered with what looked like smears of white flour. Seems that his makeup had melted off due to the heat and somebody had the bright idea of putting a facial on him.
When he's not on drugs he seems like a pleasant, reasonably intelligent person with a good sense of humor.
We used to use the same dealer who lived at 2 Fifth. I'd run into him there every so oftern. Said dealer was a Puerto Rican gent with an enormous cock, used to fuck me righteous, not sure if George got the same treatment.
He's fun on twitter. He appears to live the jet set life of a celebrity DJ. I'll check out the new songs since I really like "King of Everything." It's very catchy.
Sister George is looking good!
Great new song!
He had a good voice but it's absolutely shot now. Heard his new single which is to be released soon - catchy enough but the voice has gone.
Try comparing his voice on Karma Chameleon with his duet with Antony & The Johnsons You are my Sister. Sad.
I think it's still a nice voice. Yes, he's lost his range.
But Karma Chameleon was shiteous. You Are My Sister is fantastic. So is Someone To Love Me, which might be his finest work in years.
DON'T let him tie you up to a chair.
He might try to sing to you.
I bet he had to write I'll Tumble 4 U, three times before he finally came up with a winner.
he was off his face on drugs when i saw him do a gig at the tunnel in 1993. he got off stage, was rude to his fans, then ran upstairs to the bathroom where he took a big shit and didn't flush the bowl. i didn't see it but i heard he left a giant log in there and it was some queen dressed like him that threw him under the bus. i wonder if someone tried to fish it out of the bowl and save it.
r3 He wasn't out in the 80's. He was "original" and "weird" in the 80's.
As a young teen I admired him. He was brassy and bold and so quick witted.
The last I saw of him in the media was a doc that went out on UK channel 4. Basically he let them film him around the time of his community service in NYC for the drug bust.
His life seemed rotten and sleazy. His London flat (no big house, that must be long gone) was covered with his paintings of rent boys spread butt cheeks. He was spending a lot of time online looking for hook-ups.
I wonder if he and George Michael ever hang out? Probably not.
His oft quoted line from the eighties was that he'd "rather have a cup of tea than sex". He manipulated the grannies and mums into seeing him as a cuddly camp asexual, very non-threatening, so they would buy his music for their kids and grandkids.
When the news broke of his heroin use and his being gay it was - bizarrely- quite shocking to many.
I once met a rent boy who told me his friend used to trick for George all of the time. George used to like hot candle wax dripped onto his balls.
R10 I never knew Boy George and Elton John were gay!? That is so shocking....what next George Michael is gay too?
I remember George claiming in an 80s interview that he made love to a woman. To be honest I thought it was complete bullshit. Richard Simmons probably had a much greater chance of fucking a girl than Boy George did.
I love Boy George and Culture Club but not even I can't over look the retarded War Song
[italic]War war is stupid and people are stupid[/italic]
Years ago, he hit on my friend at B-Bar. My friend freaked out and ran off and we all got mad at him at the time for depriving us of juicy cocktail conversation fodder. Something like 3 weeks later, Boy George got arrested for torturing a trick.
His new-ish album, "This Is What I Do", is really good.
His voice sounds strained, but it makes me feel old, in a not so bad way.
"I think George is bitter because he knows he threw many, many years of his life away on drugs and rentboys and is now a 53 year old man with no boyfriend or husband."
He doesn't have a husband but I seriously doubt he doesn't have a "boyfriend." He's probably got plenty of them. He's BOY GEORGE.
I think he's fascinating, and I still like his voice.
But I followed him on Twitter for a while a few years back and it made me sad. Still fighting with everyone, blocking people left and right....one of those people who thinks the number of people he's rejected is a source of pride/achievement.
You can have all the money and fame in the world, but it won't fix what's broken inside.
His parents are Irish though rumors have it that George doesn't suffer from the Irish curse himself......
Boy George and Adam Lambert met again last month. They met each other back in 2010 and had good things to say about each other.
Loved him on the Broadway stage in TABOO. First saw the show with his understudy. Then, went again to see him.
Wow! What a difference star power makes!
Culture Club made some great music in their first few years of fame, stuff that helped define an era. Then continued to make music through the years but it was never mainstream material. When all is said and done about the personalities that made/broke this band, they were all musicians at heart. They lived for the music, to make it. That kind of sincerity will outlast the superficiality. Gaga's music won't ever be as nostalgic.
And btw, I had a raging hardon for Mikey Craig. Adorable sex on a stick.
[quote]And btw, I had a raging hardon for Mikey Craig. Adorable sex on a stick.
I actually met him about 5 years ago in London. He was very nice.
Bumping this thread because I was getting into George's music last weekend. I've always been a fan and had collected a lot of his mp3s, but didn't have the complete albums. In the 80s I stopped buying CC's albums by the 3rd, Waking Up With The House On Fire. So I'd never heard that or their 4th, Luxury and Heartache. I downloaded most of his discography in lossless on Saturday. Kissing To Be Clever is just ok to me. Some moments of brilliance, most of all Time (Clock of the Heart.) White Boy is also fun, CC's first single and still a jamming dance track all these years later. Do You Really Want To Hurt Me is fine, but a little too played out. I'll Tumble 4 U is a goofy novelty song. The best of the filler tracks, You Know I'm Not Crazy, Love Twist and I'm Afraid Of Me are just ok. Love Twist could be improved by editing out the long boring stretches with the rapper. The part with George's vocal is pretty fab.
More reviews to come, not that I expect anyone to care. Just wanted to discuss his music with other fans. I LOVE the next album Colour By Numbers.
I think George's voice was beautiful in the beginning. Soulful and intimate. Now it's been all Marianne Faithfulled by his drugs and life, but it's still very interesting in a totally different way.
Didn't he famously feud with a lot of singers back in the day? I had read that he had to record his vocals for the Band Aid single separately because he was fighting with so many of the other singers.
Yes George is famous for his catty remarks. He's hilarious, a big part of why he's loved.
Boy George is always a great interview, he's very candid and just lets it fly.
My favorite Boy George story is the one about him and his friend Marilyn going to see Madonna in concert in the mid-80s. It was Madonna's first big tour and BG and Marilyn had front-row seats. They kept yelling "tart! tart! tart!" at Madonna as she was performing on stage, and she was not amused. Security confronted BG and Marilyn and told them to stop it or they would be ejected. BG said he thought the whole thing was funny.
He's a straight pussy hound with a raging case of syphilis and a scorching case of herpes. He pretends to put on a condom and then raw dogs that pussy. The average time for his herpes to produce symptoms is 32.675 minutes and 42.895 his syphilis. After downing enough pills to supply a LA pharmacy, I woke up with a pool of his aftermath and within minutes had developed horrible crusty scabs on my labia. I haven't stopped crying. FUCK YOU RAPIST.