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Encyclopedia > Boy George
Boy George
Born June 14, 1961 (1961-06-14) (age 46)
Origin Eltham, London, England
Genre(s) Pop
Reggae
Rock
Electronica
Dance
New Wave
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, DJ
Instrument(s) Vocals, Turntables
Years active 1982 – present
Label(s) More Protein
Plan A Records
Virgin Records
Website http://www.iamboygeorge.com

George Alan O'Dowd, better known as Boy George (born June 14, 1961 in Eltham, London) is a rock singer-songwriter and club DJ. He grew up in a large, working-class Irish family in Thurles, County Tipperary, Ireland. is the 165th day of the year (166th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Eltham is a place in the London Borough of Greenwich. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Pop music (disambiguation). ... Reggae is a music genre developed in Jamaica in the late 1960s. ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... Electronica refers to a wide range of contemporary electronic music designed for a wide range of uses, including foreground listening, some forms of dancing, and background music for other activities; but unlike electronic dance music, is not specifically focused on the dance floor. ... For other uses, see Dance (disambiguation). ... The term New Wave has been used to describe several movements in art. ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... DJ or dj may stand for Disc jockey, dinner jacket The DeadJournal website, or Djibouti. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... DJ Mixer. ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Virgin Records was a British recording label founded by English entrepreneur Richard Branson, and Nik Powell in 1972. ... is the 165th day of the year (166th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Eltham is a place in the London Borough of Greenwich. ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 52. ... Statistics Province: Munster County Town: North: Nenagh South: Clonmel Code: North: TN South: TS Area: 4,303 km² Population (2006) 149,040[[1]] County Tipperary (Contae Thiobraid Árann in Irish) is a county in the Republic of Ireland, and situated in the province of Munster. ...


Boy George was part of the British new romantic movement which emerged in the early 1980s. He, Marilyn, members of Spandau Ballet, and other musicians were regulars at Blitz Kids), a highly stylized London nightclub run by Steve Strange of Visage. Essentially, these new romantics were an amalgamation of David Bowie, Kraftwerk, Marc Bolan, New Wave, high fashion, and gender-bending. At Blitz and similar clubs, men enjoyed makeup and exotic outfits while women opted for a more masculine appearance (e.g., the "power dressing" of Annie Lennox). This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Marilyn Peter Robinson (born November 3, 1962), better known as Marilyn, is a cross-dressing singer who reached fame with his song Calling Your Name in the 1980s. ... Spandau Ballet was a popular English band in the 1980s. ... For other uses, see Blitz. ... Steve Strange (born Steven John Harrington on May 28, 1959) is a British singer and pop icon, best remembered as an influential party promoter and as the frontman and lead singer for Visage. ... Visage was a New Romantic band that began life in 1978, mainly to provide some danceable music to be played on Steve Stranges and Rusty Egans Billys London nightclub. ... David Bowie (IPA: []) (born David Robert Jones on 1947 January 8) is an English singer, songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger and audio engineer. ... Kraftwerk (pronounced [], German for power station) is a German musical group from Düsseldorf that has made immense contributions to the development of improvisational rock and electronic music, most notably within the latter categorys sub-genres which later became known as synthpop, electro, techno, house and IDM. Early musical... Marc Bolan (born Mark Feld; 30 September 1947 - 16 September 1977), was an English singer, songwriter and guitarist whose hit singles, fashion sensibilities and stage presence with T Rex in the early 1970s helped cultivate the glam rock era and made him one of the most recognisable stars in British... New Wave was a pop and rock music genre that existed during the late 1970s and the early-to-mid 1980s. ... Annie Lennox (born Ann Lennox on 25 December 1954) is a Scottish musician, vocalist, and Academy Award-winning songwriter. ...


Boy George helped give this androgyny an international stage with the success of Culture Club during the 1980s. Musically speaking, he is often classified as blue-eyed soul, having been heavily influenced by rhythm and blues and reggae. Early recordings with Culture Club showed that Boy George's vocals had an emotional quality reminiscent of American soul music of the 1960s and 1970s. Culture Club is a popular English new romantic rock group, that achieved considerable global success in the 1980s. ... Blue-eyed soul (also known as white soul) is a term used to describe R&B or soul music performed by white artists. ... For other uses, see Rhythm and blues (disambiguation). ... Reggae is a music genre developed in Jamaica in the late 1960s. ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ...


His later solo work touches on glam rock influences, particularly David Bowie and Iggy Pop. The acronym LAMP (or L.A.M.P.) refers to a set of free software programs commonly used together to run dynamic Web sites or servers: Linux, the operating system; Apache, the Web server; MySQL, the database management system (or database server); Perl, PHP, Python, and/or Primate (mod mono... James Newell Osterberg, Jr. ...

Contents

Career

Discovery

Boy George's androgynous style caught the attention of music executive Malcolm McLaren (of Sex Pistols fame), who arranged for O'Dowd to perform with the group Bow Wow Wow, featuring Annabella Lwin, at various shows. He was christened Lieutenant Lush and he nearly stole the spotlight from Lwin. Malcolm McLaren (born Malcolm Robert Andrew Edwards, 22 January 1946, in London) is an English impresario, musician and self-publicist who is best known as being the manager of the punk rock band Sex Pistols. ... Bow Wow Wow was a 1980s New Wave band organized by Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren in 1980 whose music is described as having an African-derived drum sound.[1] McLaren persuaded guitarist Matthew Ashman, bassist Leigh Gorman and percussionist David Barbarossa of the original lineup of Adam & the Ants...


Culture Club

Boy George's association with Bow Wow Wow ended soon afterwards, and he started his own group with bassist Mikey Craig. The group was to be called In Praise Of Lemmings, but the name was later abandoned. Jon Moss (who had drummed with The Damned, Adam and the Ants and London) then joined the group and became George's lover. The final member to join the band was Roy Hay (who at the time was guitarist in a band called Russian Bouquet), who was selected after the group's association with another guitarist, 'Suede', proved unsatisfactory. The group abandoned another name, Sex Gang Children, and settled on the name Culture Club after assessing that the group consisted of an Irish singer, a Jamaican-Briton on bass, a Jewish drummer, and an Englishman on guitar. Mikey Craig (born February 15, 1960) was the former DJ who became the bassist with Culture Club, one of the most popular bands of the 1980s. ... Jon Moss (born Jonathan Aubrey Moss, 11 September 1957, Wandsworth, London, England) is the former drummer for the bands Culture Club, London (including their single Everyones A Winner and album, Animal Games), Adam and the Ants (drums on the song, Cartrouble), The Damned, The Nipple Erectors[1] and (briefly... This article is about the music group. ... Adam & the Ants were a rock and roll group during the late 1970s and early 1980s. ... This article is about the English band London. ... Roy Hay (born August 12, 1961 in Southend, Essex, England) was the guitarist/keyboardist with Culture Club, one of the most popular bands of the 1980s, fronted by Boy George. ... Sex Gang Children was an early gothic rock group that formed in the early 1980s in Britain. ... Culture Club is a popular English new romantic rock group, that achieved considerable global success in the 1980s. ...


The band signed with Virgin Records in the UK and with Epic Records in America, and released its debut album Kissing To Be Clever in 1982. The album's third single, "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?", enjoyed massive success. It reached #1 in sixteen countries (#2 U.S.), and the group became a staple on American radio and the new MTV network. This single was followed by "Time (Clock Of The Heart)" (not on the UK LP), which reached #2, and "I'll Tumble 4 Ya", which reached #9. This gave Culture Club the distinction of being the first group since the Beatles to amass at least three top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 from a debut album. Their next album, Colour By Numbers was also a success. The single "Church Of The Poison Mind" (featuring Helen Terry) became a Top 10 hit, and "Karma Chameleon" became a #1 single in numerous countries around the world, including the U.S., where it stayed at #1 for four weeks, and the UK, where it was the best-selling single of the year, spending six weeks at #1. It stands as the group's biggest hit. "Miss Me Blind" and "It's A Miracle" were Top 5 and Top 20 hits respectively, and "Victims" was another Top 3 UK hit. Virgin Records was a British recording label founded by English entrepreneur Richard Branson, and Nik Powell in 1972. ... Epic Records is an American record label, owned and operated by Sony BMG. // Epic was launched originally as a jazz and classical music label in 1953 by CBS. Its bright-yellow, black and blue logo became a familiar trademark for many jazz and classical releases. ... Do You Really Want to Hurt Me? was a UK number one single for three weeks in October 1982 for Culture Club. ... This article is about the original U.S. music television channel. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... Helen Terry (born May 25, 1956) is a British singer, probably best known for her backing work with Culture Club, as well as her Aretha Franklin-like voice. ... Karma Chameleon is a song from British band Culture Club. ... This is a list of the number one singles on the UK Singles Chart, during the 1980s. ...


That George had become the main songwriter of the band became evident when Culture Club contributed to the movie soundtrack Electric Dreams. George and Roy Hay had already written "Love Lies Lost" for backing singer Helen Terry and a new tune "Passing Friend" for the upcoming Beach Boys album but the two Culture Club songs for Electric Dreams, "The Dream" and "Love is Love", was also written solely by George and Roy Hay. Moreover, the P. P. Arnold song "Electric Dreams" was credited only to George and Phil Pickett who also co-wrote "Karma Chameleon" Electric Dreams is a soundtrack album from the movie Electric Dreams. ... Helen Terry (born May 25, 1956) is a British singer, probably best known for her backing work with Culture Club, as well as her Aretha Franklin-like voice. ... Passing Friend is a song written by George ODowd and Roy Hay. ... The Beach Boys is a comeback album by The Beach Boys, released in 1985. ... P.P. Arnold, 1968 Promo Photo Pat Arnold (born Patrica Ann Cole, on 3 October 1946, in Los Angeles, California), professionally known as P.P. Arnold, is an American born soul singer who enjoyed considerable success in the United Kingdom in the 1960s and beyond. ...


By now Boy George had become a household name in many countries around the world and he was a natural choice for one of the lead vocals on the Band Aid single "Do They Know It's Christmas". In early 1986, he guest-starred on an episode of The A-Team entitled "Cowboy George", in which he played himself. The plot involved (ficticious) country singer Cowboy George being booked to play in a small rural town, to be used as a cover for an armed robbery, but due to a mix up Boy George arrives instead. Band Aid was a British and Irish charity supergroup, founded in 1984 by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure in order to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia by releasing the record Do They Know Its Christmas? for the Christmas market. ... Cover art for the original Do They Know Its Christmas? release – artist Peter Blake This article is about the song. ... For the 2008 movie, see The A-Team (film). ... country music, see Country music (disambiguation) Country music, the first half of Billboards country and western music category, is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States and the Appalachian Mountains. ...


In late 1985, George had become addicted to drugs. The addiction quickly evolved into a heroin addiction and Culture Club started to lose its place musically. Their 1986 album From Luxury to Heartache dragged on for so long that producer Arif Mardin had to disband the sessions and leave it up to engineer Lew Hahn to record the final vocals. Songs like "Gusto Blusto" and "Reasons" took days for George to finish. Following the release of the album, rumours of George's addiction began to circulate, and by the summer of 1986, he announced that he was indeed addicted to drugs. In July, he was arrested by the British police for possession of cannabis. Several days later, keyboardist Michael Rudetski, who played on From Luxury to Heartache and had co-written “Sexuality” and "What Have I Got To Lose" with George, was found dead of a heroin overdose in George's home. This followed a second death, friend Mark Vaultier who overdosed on methadone and Valium at a party Boy George was attending but got arrested en route on suspicion of carrying drugs. An American Culture Club tour was cancelled and the group had disbanded by late 1986. Culture Club is a popular English new romantic rock group, that achieved considerable global success in the 1980s. ... From Luxury to Heartache is an album by New Wave band Culture Club, released in 1986 (see 1986 in music). ... Arif Mardin (March 15, 1932 - June 25, 2006) was a renowned Turkish-American music producer, who worked with a wide range of artists, across many different styles and genres of music. ... Methadone is a synthetic opioid, used medically as an analgesic and anti-addictive. ... Diazepam, brand names: Valium, Seduxen, in Europe Apozepam, is a 1,4-benzodiazepine derivative, which possesses anxiolytic, anticonvulsant, sedative and skeletal muscle relaxant properties. ...


Solo career

Still battling his heroin addiction and subsequent dependence on prescription narcotics, George started recording his first solo album. In 1987, Sold was released and George enjoyed several hit singles including "Everything I Own" (UK#1), "Keep Me In Mind" (UK#29), "To be Reborn" (UK#13) as well as the title song (UK#24). Sold is an album by Boy George, released in 1987. ...


Despite UK success, George never really managed to duplicate that success in the US, especially because he was not able to go to America because of the previous year's drug charges, though he did score a moderate hit with the song "Live My Life" (#40 US) from the Hiding Out soundtrack. His second US album High Hat comprised of songs from two of his solo British albums released after Sold. The R&B song "Don't Take My Mind On A Trip", produced by Teddy Riley, became the only hit from High Hat, reaching top 5 on the R&B chart. Teddy Riley (born Edward Theodore Riley, October 8, 1967 in Harlem, New York) is an American R&B and hip hop singer, songwriter, musician and producer who was the ring leader of the most influential groups of R&B in two separate decades - Guy in the 80s and Blackstreet in...


His following release was a song to protest against the governing UK Conservative Party's legal restrictions on anyone working for a local authority promoting homosexuality, 'No Clause 28 (Emilio Pasquez Space Face Full Remix)' was a big underground acid house hit. The Conservative Party (officially the Conservative and Unionist Party) is currently the second largest political party in the United Kingdom in terms of sitting Members of Parliament (MPs), the largest in terms of public membership, and the oldest political party in the United Kingdom. ... Homosexuality refers to sexual interaction and / or romantic attraction between individuals of the same sex. ... Sir Ian McKellen with Michael Cashman at the 1988 Gay Rights March on Manchester in protest against Section 28. ... For the 1994 novel by Irvine Welsh, see The Acid House. ...

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In 1989, after being presented with a demo of the track 'Everything Starts with an E' by ragamuffin artist MC Kinky of E-zee Posse, George formed his own label, More Protein. He also recorded under the name Jesus Loves You, (writing under the pseudonym Angela Dust), releasing two other underground club hits "After The Love" and "Generations Of Love", and "Bow Down Mister". With "Bow Down Mister", he returned to the UK top 30 in 1991. Inspired by his involvement in the Hare Krishna movement (ISKCON), George had written the song during a trip to India and with its reminiscence of "Karma Chameleon" it was intended for the Culture Club reunion, which never came about. "Bow Down Mister" would become a signature song for Boy George but also for Culture Club during their tours in the late 1990s. MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxy-N-methylamphetamine), most commonly known today by the street name ecstasy, (often abbreviated to E, X, or XTC) is a semisynthetic empathogen-entactogen of the psychedelic phenethylamine family. ... Hare Krishna Mantra in Devanagari The Hare Krishna mantra, also referred to reverentially as the Maha Mantra (Great Mantra), is a sixteen-word Vaishnava mantra made well known outside of India by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (commonly known as the Hare Krishnas)[1]. It is believed by practitioners... The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) is a new religious movement based on Bengali, or more specifically Gaudiya, Vaishnavism founded by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, referred to by followers as His Divine Grace, in New York in 1966. ...

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The original full-length version of "Bow Down Mister" features on Jesus Loves You only album, "The Martyr Mantras", released in 1990 in the UK (and a little later in 1991 in other countries, where either the cover had a label attached upon it, highlighting that Jesus Loves You was A project by Boy George, or the record was directly credited to Boy George only). The album also included the two previously mentioned underground club hits, as well as a third single taken from it, "One On One" (which, though it did not chart in the UK, became very popular in its single version, remixed by Massive Attack), the equally well-known "Love Hurts" (also remixed for the single version, it formed a double-A-side single with "Bow Down Mister", though the big success enjoyed by the latter ended up by overshadowing the former, otherwise a potentially strong singalong catchy tune), and finally the high energy remix of "No Clause 28" (which, originally released as an independent 12" maxi-single, already featured on "Boyfriend" album too). Massive Attack are an English trip hop band. ...


On Saturdays 31 March 1990 to 6 April 1991, Boy George presented a weekly chat and music show on the Power Station satellite channel called Blue Radio, described as a three hour party with guests and games. The Power Station was a British television channel that was operated by British Satellite Broadcasting (later British Sky Broadcasting after BSB and Sky Television merged) and was about music, fashion and comedy. ...


In 1992, George scored a hit with a version of the song "The Crying Game" (produced by the Pet Shop Boys), which was featured on the movie of the same name, and reached the top twenty of the Billboard Hot 100. Although he'd had solo hits in the UK, this would be his first and only big US pop hit since Culture Club's 1986 single "Move Away". The Crying Game is a song written by Geoff Stephens, and first released by Dave Berry in July 1964. ... Pet Shop Boys are a Grammy Award nominated British synthpop/pop music/electronic music duo, consisting of Neil Tennant who provides main vocals, keyboards and very occasionally guitar, and Chris Lowe on keyboards and occasionally on vocals. ...


A lot of recordings were made between 1990 and 1994, but never surfaced. A pop and worldmusic-oriented album was scheduled for release by Jesus Loves You in 1992, named "Popularity Breeds Contempt", but never came out. Only three tracks with their respective remixed versions survived, ending up on the "Sweet Toxic Love" EP, released in the same year (which only reached #65 in the UK Chart). This contained the title-track (an evident endeavour to duplicate the winning formula of "Bow Down Mister"), the original dance version of "Am I Losing Control?" (first, one of the five long tracks on "The Devil In Sister George" 1994 EP, and then included, in a shorter country version, simply re-titled "Losing Control", on 2002 "U Can Never B2 Straight"), and the rare track "Oh Lord" (which was only available on the vinyl maxi-single of the EP, and has never again resurfaced anywhere so far). The album (the tentative title of which, "Popularity Breeds Contemps", also survived as opening line spoken at the beginning of the 1993 collection called "At Worst: The Best of Boy George and Culture Club") was shelved, as it were, in favour of the recent growing interest in rock for George.


He released a rock-driven Cheapness And Beauty in 1995, but the album was not successful, although "Same Thing in Reverse" did become a minor US hit. Again, most critics were good (although some never understood the mix of acoustic ballads and country-folk tunes with aggressive glam rock tracks). It was clear that there were tensions between Virgin Records and Boy George at this time, and the album received almost no promotion. Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ...


A follow-up to Cheapness And Beauty, tentatively named "Too Spooky" was recorded in spring 1996 but shelved, especially due to problems with Virgin Records. Some of the tracks from those sessions appeared later on The Unrecoupable One Man Bandit Volume One, which was at first sold on internet only and then distributed by several minor labels.


Another project from the time was a new group that would include Boy George and two long-time musicians, John Themis and Richie Stevens. Initially named "Shallow", it was later re-named "Dubversive". The project took place in 1997 and was to include trip-hop, dub and reggae. The project was shelved, this time due to a lack of interest by record companies because of the group's lack of commercial appeal. Some songs from those sessions surfaced later on the 2002 Culture Club Box set and some others appeared on eBay in 2004.


On some other labels, several dance-oriented tracks were released in various countries. For example, "Love is Leaving" went top 3 in Italy and "When Will You Learn" reached the top positions in the Switzerland charts.


Around the turn of the century, Boy George collaborated on songs with dance-oriented acts. For example, "Why Go," a slow-paced track with Faithless, from their Sunday 8 PM 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.


From 2001 to 2004, George was involved in the production of his hit musical "Taboo". It was performed in London in 2002-2003 and then was taken to Broadway for one hundred performances. Boy George was nominated for a Tony Awards for the "Best Musical Score", receiving good reviews about all the original songs included in the show.


In 2002, Boy George released U Can Never B2 Straight, an "unplugged" collection of rare and lesser known acoustic works. 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 147 on the UK album charts. Dont Mind If I Do is an album by New Wave band Culture Club, released in 1999 (see 1999 in music). ...


From 2002 to 2004, under the pseudonym "the Twin", Boy George experimented in electronica, releasing limited edition 7" singles and promo records. Performed in small venues such as the Nag Nag Club, the material was considered innovative, but not commercially marketable. This period, however, was a very creative and liberating one for George; for "the Twin," could sing whatever he wanted.


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 the Eurythmics among others. It is suggested that Boy George's numerous abandoned projects are due to his broad interest and need to explore other creative mediums such as photography, writing, and fashion. Jefferson Airplane is an American rock band from San Francisco, a pioneer of the psychedelic rock movement. ... David Bowie (IPA: []) (born David Robert Jones on 1947 January 8) is an English singer, songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger and audio engineer. ... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... Dusty Springfield OBE (16 April 1939–2 March 1999) was a popular English singer whose career spanned four decades. ... Binomial name Tyrannosaurus rex Osborn, 1905 For the rock group Tyrannosaurus Rex, see T. Rex (band). ... For the approach to music education, see Eurhythmics. ...


On his "More Protein" website, George did announce another unreleased album, named Straight, for summer 2005. It was to include tracks like "Panic" and "Talking Love". Fortunately, four tracks were released as a sampler with the book of the same name in 2005. A reggae-ton oriented EP was also planned for August 2006 but was never released. Some recent tracks are now shared by George himself on his YouTube account, his three myspace pages and sometimes on his official site.


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.[1] Amanda Ghost is a singer and songwriter from London, England. ... Youre Beautiful is a pop song co-written by British singer James Blunt, Sasha Skarbek and Amanda Ghost[1] for Blunts debut album Back to Bedlam (2004). ... James Blunt (born James Hillier Blount, February 22, 1974) is an English singer-songwriter whose debut album, Back to Bedlam, and single releases — especially the number one hit Youre Beautiful — brought him to fame in 2005. ...


Australian singer Kylie Minogue asked to work with George and Amanda Ghost for her upcoming album, which is set to be released in 2007. It will not be the first time that George has given songs to other artists. In the past, he shared compositions with the Beach Boys, Caron Wheeler, Charlotte Church, Mica Paris and many others. He also wrote many of the tracks for the artists on his own dance oriented music label, More Protein, such as Eve Gallagher, Zee Asha, Lippy Lou, and E-Zee Possee. Kylie Ann Minogue (pronounced [1]) (born May 28, 1968) is a Brit and Grammy award-winning Australian pop singer-songwriter and actress. ... The Beach Boys, originally the Beech Boys, a small team of four brothers from the south of Poland, emigrated to America in the early 1950s in search of a fortune to be made in the Arizonian logging industry. When it soon became evident they had been the victims of... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Charlotte Church (born Charlotte Maria Reed on February 21, 1986) is a Welsh singer and television presenter who rose to international fame in childhood as a popular classical singer with a precociously mature dramatic operatic voice, in particular in its tonal qualities. ... Mica Paris (born Michelle Wallen on April 27, 1969 in London, England) is an English singer. ... Eve Gallagher is an English singer associated with the house music scene. ...


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 November 19th. The single contains eight versions, from the slow original to electro remixes by Ariya and Henrik Schwarz. There was also talks about releasing a dance-oriented ep in collaboration with the fansite 100 % Boy, but that was never done. That ep would have included new remixes of tracks like "Turn 2 Dust", remixes of covers like "Don't Wanna See Myself" and "Go Your Own Way", and most of the versions included would have been remixes done by german producer Kinky Roland.


Culture Club reunions

In July 1998, a reunited Culture Club performed three dates in Monte Carlo and then joined Human League and Howard Jones in a "Big Rewind" tour of the US. The following month, the band appeared on Late Night with David Letterman and made an appearance in Britain, their first in 14 years. Later that year, the band had a Top 5 hit in the UK with "I Just Wanna Be Loved" and later a top 30 hit with "Your Kisses are Charity". 1998 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... Culture Club is a popular English new romantic rock group, that achieved considerable global success in the 1980s. ... The Human League are an English synthpop band formed in 1977, who, after several changes in line up, achieved great popularity in the 1980s and a limited comeback in the mid-1990s. ... Howard Jones (born John Howard Jones, 23 February 1955) is an English singer and songwriter who gained acclaim in the 1980s. ...


In 2006, the band decided to again reunite and tour; however, George declined to join them for this tour. As a result, two members of Culture Club replaced George with vocalist Sam Butcher. George has expressed his displeasure at the turn of events.[2] Finally, after one showcase and one live show, that project was shelved.


Personal life

Drug use

With George's relationship with Moss over, and with a poor reaction to the band's third album, George suffered several setbacks, and ultimately turned to drugs. This caused the downward spiral of the group, and they eventually disbanded, as George could no longer work with Moss.


George struggled against his severe heroin addiction for many years.[3] He would appear in public under the influence of the drug, and even attempted to do concerts in such a state. Addictions to other drugs followed, and George's younger brother David, in an attempt to save his famous sibling from death, went on UK national television and blew the whistle on George. Some of George's closest friends had already died of overdoses and co-writer on the From Luxury to Heartache album, Michael Rudetsky, was found dead of a heroin overdose in George's home in August 1986. For other uses, see Heroin (disambiguation). ... From Luxury to Heartache is an album by New Wave band Culture Club, released in 1986 (see 1986 in music). ...


Legal problems

After heavy press coverage in July 1986, Boy George was arrested for heroin possession. Police had code named the project as "Operation Culture" involving the raids of houses and arrests of ex-boyfriend Jon Moss, friend Marilyn, Culture Club backing vocalist Helen Terry, friend Mimi and drug suppliers Ginty and Steve (Boy George with Spencer Bright (1995), Take It Like A man, London, Sidgwick & Jackson). For other uses, see Heroin (disambiguation). ... Jon Moss (born Jonathan Aubrey Moss, 11 September 1957, Wandsworth, London, England) is the former drummer for the bands Culture Club, London (including their single Everyones A Winner and album, Animal Games), Adam and the Ants (drums on the song, Cartrouble), The Damned, The Nipple Erectors[1] and (briefly... Marilyn Peter Robinson (born November 3, 1962), better known as Marilyn, is a cross-dressing singer who reached fame with his song Calling Your Name in the 1980s. ... Helen Terry (born May 25, 1956) is a British singer, probably best known for her backing work with Culture Club, as well as her Aretha Franklin-like voice. ...


In 1995, Kirk Brandon, an ex-lover during Boy George's punk days had filed a lawsuit against him for "malicious falsehood" claiming to falsely mentioning a love-affair between them in Boy George's autobiography, Take It Like a Man. George won and Kirk Brandon was ordered to pay £200,000 to Virgin Records, EMI Virgin Music and the book publishers for legal costs. Brandon had declared himself bankrupt resulting Boy George paying £60,000+ (Boy George with Paul Gorman (2005), Straight, London, Arrow Book). Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Kirk Brandon (born 3 August 1956, Westminster, London) is a British musician. ... Look up punk in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Virgin Records was a British recording label founded by English entrepreneur Richard Branson, and Nik Powell in 1972. ...


On October 7, 2005, Boy George was arrested in Manhattan on suspicion of possessing cocaine, (BBC Online Report) and appeared in court on 1 February 2006 (BBC News report). is the 280th day of the year (281st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Cocaine is a crystalline tropane alkaloid that is obtained from the leaves of the coca plant. ... is the 32nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


On June 17, 2006, a Manhattan judge issued a warrant for the arrest of Boy George after the former Culture Club singer failed to appear in court. After another court date was set, George was fined US$1000 and required to perform community service.[citation needed] is the 168th day of the year (169th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


On August 14, 2006, Boy George reported for garbage duty, picking up trash for the New York City Department of Sanitation as part of his community service. As a result of the media frenzy, he was allowed to perform his community service inside the Sanitation Department grounds. This garbage duty was assigned by the court for 'wasting police time', after he admitted to falsely reporting a burglary in his Manhattan apartment. [4] is the 226th day of the year (227th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


On April 30, 2007, Boy George was arrested for allegedly assaulting and falsely imprisoning a Norwegian man in his home in East London.[4] is the 120th day of the year (121st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


On October 8, 2007, Boy George was sued by a American club promoter from Warrington and ordered to pay £31,000 in compensation for loss of earnings. Boy George had cancelled his appearance after being arrested for possession of cocaine, only providing ten days notice. [[1]] is the 281st day of the year (282nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... This article is about the Borough in the north-west of England. ...


On November 13, 2007, Boy George was charged with falsely imprisoning a 28-year-old man. He has been ordered to appear before a court on Nov. 22. The Sun newspaper reported in April that a Norwegian man, Auden Karlsen, 28, claimed he was chained and threatened at O'Dowd's London flat, where he had gone as a photo model. [[2]] is the 317th day of the year (318th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


Memoirs

Harper Collins published the autobiography of Boy George, Take It Like A Man, in 1995. The book was released to coincide with the timing of George's solo record, Cheapness And Beauty.


In 2005, Century published Straight, his second autobiographical book, written with author Paul Gorman. This stayed in The Sunday Times bestseller list for six weeks. Gorman has also ghost written Cry Salty Tears, the memoirs of mother Dinah O'Dowd, which was published by Arrow Books in January 2007. A century (From the Latin cent, one hundred) is one hundred consecutive years. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... The Sunday Times is a Sunday broadsheet newspaper distributed in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, published by Times Newspapers Ltd, a subsidiary of News International which is in turn owned by News Corporation. ... Random House is a publishing division of the German media conglomerate Bertelsmann AG, which acquired it in 1998. ...


Sexual orientation

When George was with Culture Club, much was made of his androgynous appearance, and there was speculation about his sexuality. When asked the question in interviews, George gave various answers. At times he suggested he was bisexual. He gave a famous, oft-quoted response to an interviewer that "I prefer a nice cup of tea to sex". [5] In human sexuality, bisexuality describes a man or woman having a sexual orientation to persons of either or both sexes (a man or woman who sexually likes both sexes; people who are sexually and/or romantically attracted to both males and females). ...


In Take It Like A Man, George told his side of his secret relationship with Culture Club drummer Jon Moss (also Kirk Brandon, see legal problems). He stated many of the songs he wrote for Culture Club were directed at Moss. He also alleged that Moss had broken off his engagement to be with George, and that Moss was never comfortable in a same-sex relationship, although Moss was bisexual. During the Culture Club reunion, though, Moss did acknowledge that he had loved George deeply, although now he is married to a woman and has several children. Jon Moss (born Jonathan Aubrey Moss, 11 September 1957, Wandsworth, London, England) is the former drummer for the bands Culture Club, London (including their single Everyones A Winner and album, Animal Games), Adam and the Ants (drums on the song, Cartrouble), The Damned, The Nipple Erectors[1] and (briefly... Kirk Brandon (born 3 August 1956, Westminster, London) is a British musician. ... In human sexuality, bisexuality describes a man or woman having a sexual orientation to persons of either or both sexes (a man or woman who sexually likes both sexes; people who are sexually and/or romantically attracted to both males and females). ...


George's striking looks inspired many Boy George look-alike contests around the world, and his face became the image of Culture Club. He became an alternative teen idol, as well as a gay icon. A look-alike is a person who bears a close physical resemblance to a celebrity, politician or royalty. ... GAY can mean: Gay, a term referring to homosexual men or women The IATA code for Gaya Airport Category: ...


Recent activity

Boy George remains a figure in the public eye. Although he has not reached the same level of success as a solo artist, he has a second career as a notable music DJ. He started DJing in the early 1990s and 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 mega club 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. Please wikify (format) this article or section as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... Please wikify (format) this article or section as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ...

  • In 2002/2003 he starred in the London musical Taboo, based on his life (George didn't play himself, opting instead to take on the persona of Australian-born performance artist Leigh Bowery). Taboo was a great success in London's West End, though a Rosie O'Donnell-produced run in New York was short-lived (100 performances only, versus the two-year run in England, and several nominations for best musical soundtrack).
  • In 1998, Boy George began writing a weekly column in The Daily Express and hosted a weekly radio show on the Galaxy Radio Network. During 2003, he presented a weekly show on London radio station LBC 97.3 for six months.
  • 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.
  • In March 2005 he was the guest host for an episode of The Friday Night Project, for Channel 4 television.
  • On 20 October 2006 it was announced that he will write some tracks for Kylie Minogue (News.com.au story).
  • Boy George has also now, since some years, his own fashion line, called "B-Rude". B-Rude has been present in some fashion shows in cities like London, New-York and Moscow
  • * He is working right now on a forthcoming solo LP, which apparently will be including some ragga, reggae, pop and acoustic songs.
  • On 24 December 2006, George appeared on a one-off BBC TV program "Duet Impossible" where he performed with himself from the 1980s and joked about his street cleaning.
  • On 25 February 2007, George was special guest DJ at GLBT nightspot, The Court Hotel in Perth, Western Australia.
  • On 4 March 2007, George performed as a DJ at the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney for the Mardi Gras Festival.
  • On 11 May 2007, George performed as a DJ at the launch party for the Palazzo Versace in Dubai, UAE.
  • George recently cancelled his planned 2007 October tour via an announcement on his official website. Although the exact reason is not known, it is cited as being due to “last minute commitments” that clashed with this particular set of performances.
  • May - August George toured as a DJ, visiting Blackpool, Coventry, Rome, Naples, Amsterdam, Münich, Mantova, Barcelona, Lyon, Paris, Cannes, Norway, São Paolo, Rio De Janeiro, Beirut, Budapest, Mykonos.
  • George is accused for liberty robbing of a 28 year old Norwegian, he has to show up for trial at Thames Magistrates' Court 22nd of November
  • George announces special residency at the Shaw Theatre in London, starting 23 January 2008.

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Discography

Albums

Main article: Culture Club
  • Sold (1987) UK #29, US #145
  • Tense Nervous Headache (1988)
  • Boyfriend (1989)
  • High Hat (1989) (selected tracks from Tense Nervous Headache and Boyfriend, for America) US #126
  • The Martyr Mantras (1990) UK #60 (released with the Jesus Loves You name in UK)
  • Spin Dazzle (1992) compilation
  • At Worst: The Best of Boy George and Culture Club (1993) UK #24, US #169 (Gold)
  • Cheapness and Beauty (1995) UK #44
  • Fantazia House Collection 2 (1995) (as DJ)
  • Unrecoupable One Man Bandit (1998)
  • Everything I Own (1999) compilation
  • Galaxy Mix (1999) (as DJ)
  • Essential Mix (as DJ) (2001)
  • Classic Masters (2002) compilation
  • A Night Out With Boy George (as DJ) (2002)
  • A Night In With Boy George - a chill out mix (as DJ) (2002)
  • U Can Never B2 Straight (2002) UK #147
  • In and Out With Boy George: A DJ Mix (as DJ) (2002)
  • Taboo Original London Cast (2002)
  • BoyGeorgeDJ.Com (as DJ) (2003)
  • Taboo (2004) soundtrack of Broadway show
  • Yum Yum (as The Twin) (2004)

Culture Club is a popular English new romantic rock group, that achieved considerable global success in the 1980s. ... Sold is an album by Boy George, released in 1987. ... This article refers to an album by Boy George. ... Cheapness and Beautywas a solo album by Boy George. ... U Can Never B2 Straight is a 2002 acoustic album by 80s pop superstar Boy George. ... TABOO TABOO must be one of the best musiculs around with matt lucus julian clary and boy gorge as legh bowery and steven achfeald and euan morten as boy gorge the musicu8l was a big hit in britan and america ...

EPs

  • Sweet Toxic Love EP(*) (1992) UK #65
  • The Devil in Sister George EP (1994) UK #26
  • The Twin EP (2003-2004)
  • Straight EP (2005) (included in the book of the same name)

The Twin EP is Boy George’s fourth EP, promoted in late 2003 and early 2004, under the same pseudonym of The Twin. ...

Singles

See also: Culture Club
  • Everything I Own (1987) UK #1 (2 weeks), US Dance #45, Canada #1,Germany #8
  • Keep Me In Mind (1987) UK #29
  • Sold (1987) UK #24
  • To Be Reborn (1987) UK #13
  • Live My Life (1987) UK #62, US #40
  • No Clause 28 (1988) UK #57
  • Don't Cry (1988) UK #60
  • Don't Take My Mind on a Trip (1989) UK #68, US R&B #5
  • Whether They Like It Or Not (1989) ¤
  • You Found Another Guy (1989) US R&B #34
  • Whisper (1989) ¤
  • You Are My Heroin (1989)
  • After The Love(*) (1989) UK #68
  • Generations Of Love(*) (1990) UK #80
  • One On One(*) (1990) UK #83
  • Bow Down Mister(*) (1991) UK #27, Germany #6
  • Generations Of Love 91(*) (1991) UK #35
  • After The Love 91(*) (1991)
  • The Crying Game (1992) UK #22, US #15, Canada #9
  • Everything I Own 1993 (1993) (promo in UK)
  • More Than Likely (with PM Dawn) (1993) UK #40
  • Funtime (1995) UK #45
  • Il Adore (1995) UK #50
  • Same Thing in Reverse (1995) UK #56, US Dance #18
  • Love is Leaving (1996) ¤ Italy #4
  • When Will You learn (1997) ¤
  • Police And Thieves(**) (1997) ¤
  • Generations Of Love 98(*) (1998) ¤
  • Why Go? (with Faithless) (1999) ¤
  • Innocence Is Lost (with Groove Armada) (1999) (12" promo only)
  • Out of Fashion (with Hi-Gate) (2002) (promo only)
  • Run (with Sash!) (2002) ¤ Germany #48
  • Autoerotic (with Dark Globe) (2002) UK #165
  • Psychology Of The Dreamer (with Eddie Locke) (2003) UK Dance #5
  • Here Come The Girls (The Twin) (2003) (limited edition)
  • Electro Hetero (The Twin) (2003) (limited edition)
  • Sanitised (The Twin) (2003) (limited edition)
  • Human Racing (The Twin) (2004) (limited edition)
  • Love Your Brother(*) (2005) (12" promo only)
  • You Are My Sister (with Antony and the Johnsons) (2006)UK #39
  • You're Not The One (with Loverush UK)(2006) (promo)
  • Time Machine (with Amanda Ghost) (2007) (limited edition)
  • You're Not The One (with Loverush UK) (2007) (digital single only)
  • Atoms (with Dark Globe) (digital release on November 19th 2007)

(*) under the pseudonym : Jesus Loves You (**) as Dubversive featuring Boy George ¤ not released in UK Culture Club is a popular English new romantic rock group, that achieved considerable global success in the 1980s. ... The Crying Game is a song written by Geoff Stephens, and first released by Dave Berry in July 1964. ... Faithless are a British band whose music is described by the band as a cross between hip-hop and dance. ... Sash! is a German DJ / producer team, fronted by Sascha Lappessen (born on 10 June 1970, in Nettetal, Germany), who works in the studio with Ralf Kappmeier and Thomas Alisson Lüdke. ... Antony and the Johnsons is a Mercury Prize-winning music act from New York City. ...


Notes

  1. ^ Boy George 'enjoyed' street sweep
  2. ^ Boy George slams new Club singer
  3. ^ Boy George with Spencer Bright, Take It Like A Man, London, Sigwick & Jackson, 1995
  4. ^ a b DailyMail UK
  5. ^ http://www.icons.org.uk/theicons/collection/cupoftea/biography/copy_of_tea-the-basics

References

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