Boy George (born George Alan O'Dowd, 14.6.1961)
Boy George is an English singer and songwriter, who rose to fame in the 1980s with his band Culture Club.
Childhood: Boy George was born in London, to Gerald and Dinah O'Dowd. His parents were originally from Thurles, County Tipperary and he has five brothers and sisters.
In the 1980s, Boy George and his friend Marilyn became frequent attendees of The Blitz nightclub, which was run by Steve Strange, of the group Visage. Boy George briefly worked at The Blitz as a cloakroom attendant.
Music Career: When Boy George's outlandish dress sense caught the attention of music mogul Malcolm McLaren (the former manager of the Sex Pistols), he arranged for an audition with Bow Wow Wow. However, Boy George decided to form his own band, with the bass player Mikey Craig. They were later joined by Jon Moss on drums, who had previously played with the Damned and Adam and the Ants. The last member to join was Roy Hay.
Culture Club's debut single, 'Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?' was released in 1982, after they signed to Virgin Records in the UK and Epic Records in the US. The song was a number one hit in the UK and was followed by another Top 10 hit, ''Time (Clock of the Heart)'. Culture Club became the first group since The Beatles to have three Top 10 US hits from their first album.
Colour By Numbers was Culture Club's second album. The track 'Church of the Poisoned Mind' featured Helen Terry and 'Karma Chameleon' added to their growing list of hits, along with 'Miss Me Blind' and 'Victims'.
The various members of Culture Club contributed to the soundtrack to the film Electric Dreams, with P.P. Arnold also collaborating with them.
Culture Club's third album, Waking Up With the House on Fire did not sell as well as its two predecessors, though 'The War Song' was a hit single. Boy George sang one of the lead vocals on the Band Aid charity single 'Do They Know It's Christmas?'
It has been reported that by 1985, Boy George had developed a heroin addiction. Around the time that the band's fourth album (From Luxury To Heartache) was released, Boy George was arrested for possession of cannabis. Michael Rudetski, a former Culture Club collaborator, was found dead in Boy George's home, from a heroin overdose. Soon after this, the band disbanded.
Boy George went on to launch a solo career, with his debut album entitled Sold. In 1989, Boy George started to record under the pseudonym Jesus Loves You and released tracks on his own label More Protein. He also had a hit with the Pet Shop Boys in 1992, entitled 'The Crying Game'.
In 1995, Boy George release a more rock-based Cheapness and Beauty, though the album was not a success. In 1997, Boy George formed another group with John Themis and Richie Stevens, named Dubversive, though they failed to attract any label interest. 1999 saw Boy George collaborating with Faithless on 'Why Go', from their Sunday 8PM album. He also collaborated with Groove Armada.
Boy George continued to work throughout the 2000s, mixing compilations for Ministry of Sound and Fantazia. He also starred in the West End musical Taboo, which was based on his life story (though he did not play himself).
In 2002, Boy George released an acoustic compilation, U Can Never B2 Straight. He then turned to electronica, releasing music under the moniker The Twin. Five years later, he released Time Machine on Plan A Records, which was co-written by Amanda Ghost (who has also written for James Blunt, among others). Boy George has also co-written tracks for Mica Paris, Charlotte Church and the Beach Boys.
Personal Life: In 1995, Kirk Brandon (of Spear of Destiny and Theatre of Hate) sued Boy George for libel after Boy George claimed that they had had a love affair, in his autobiography Take it Like A Man. The case was won by Boy George.
Boy George has been in trouble with the law on a number of occasions, for cocaine possession, failure to appear in court, and assault and false imprisonment. For the latter offence, Boy George was forced to wear an ankle monitor tag and as a result, he was not allowed to enter the final series of Celebrity Big Brother, which eventually starred Lady Sovereign and Vinnie Jones.
The star of E!’s ‘I Am Cait’ was the guest of honour at the group’s Sunday show in Los Angeles.
Boy George’s Culture Club were welcomed to the stage by a very special guest at their show at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on Friday night, none other than the woman of the hour Caitlyn Jenner. The former Olympian was on hand to introduce the iconic 80s band as well as experience her 'first Boy George concert'.
Caitlyn Jenner introduced Culture Club to the stage on Friday evening.
Caitlyn was greeted with a standing ovation from the crowd as she took to the stage to welcome Boy George and his bandmates. In a video posted by Entertainment Tonight Caitlyn is seen telling the enthusiastic crowd, "Caitlyn Jenner in the house for her first Boy George concert!"
Continue reading: Caitlyn Jenner Makes Surprise Appearance At Culture Club LA Concert
The musician died on Thursday while away in Egypt.
Tributes are pouring in from fans and admirers following the death of Visage frontman Steve Strange, who died suddenly on Thursday (February 12th 2015) at the age of 55 while overseas in Egypt.
Steve Strange dies aged 55
The 80s icon suffered a heart attack while away in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, and though he was quickly rushed to a nearby hospital, it was confirmed that he had regretfully passed away later on in the day. It wasn't the first time he had experienced health issues recently though, having previously been hospitalised in Wales following breathing difficulties back in December 2014.
Continue reading: Eighties Icons Mourn The Sudden Death Of Visage Frontman Steve Strange
The 80s band was forced to cancel their upcoming tour dates after their frontman was diagnosed with a throat polyp.
Fans were left disappointed after hearing the news that the recently reunited Culture Club have been forced to cancel all their upcoming tour dates across the U.S and U.K only days before they were scheduled to hit the road.
Culture Club were forced to cancel all the date son their upcoming tour
The frontman of the 80's group, Boy George, has developed a polyp on his throat, and a doctor has ordered the 53 year-old star not to sing as he may need to undergo an operation.
Continue reading: Boy George's Culture Club Cancels All U.S. And U.K. Tour Dates
With just hours until thousands of people flock to Portsmouth and Southampton for their annual ferry trip to the Isle of Wight Festival, it's time to look ahead to the first big event in the summer festival calendar.
Twelve years since the festival was resurrected, organiser John Giddings has steered Isle of Wight from strength to strength. With around 60,000 punters travelling to the Island, it's not just Seaclose Park that's transformed for the weekend, there's a real community spirit that's evident as buses wind their way towards the festival site. Past years have seen a surprise appearance from Kanye West for Jay-Z's headline set, rock royalty like Jagger, McCartney and Neil Young take to the main stage, and bands such as the Foo Fighters casually chatting to fans on the car ferry. This year looks like it will live up to the festival's reputation without a repeat of 2012's well-publicised mud bath. Although there's perhaps not many surprises on the line-up, there's still plenty to look forward to.
The top twelve to watch from June 12:
Boy George: If you're arriving early, the former Culture Club front man is headlining the Thursday night festivities. But far from a nostalgia act, George is touring his first album of original material in 18 years. He's embraced DJ culture and is likely to put on an impressive show whether he's behind the turntable or the microphone.
Continue reading: Isle of Wight Festival 2014 Preview
Culture Club star Boy George makes his appearance on the red carpet of the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York, where he donned a characteristically vibrant ensemble including a pink blazer, a red hat and glittery eyeshadow. Boy George is popularly seen as a gay icon in the media.
Boy George has claimed there was drug taking at the Brit Awards.
Boy George has revealed the alleged drug use at the Brit Awards 2014, claiming to have heard a "chorus of snorting" in the toilets during the show's ad breaks. George, 52, suggested that despite rebranding , venue changes and extravagant performances, the often derided awards show remains the same.
Boy George At The Brit Awards 2014
"As I took a leak at The Brit's I could hear a chorus of snorting! We have always called the Ad breaks 'the coke run'. It's still the case'" tweeted the singer after Wednesday's show (February 19, 2014).
Continue reading: "A Chorus of Snorting", Boy George Details Drug Use at Brit Awards 2014
Date of birth
14th June, 1961