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.