July 10, 1986 |
Time was, Boy George made headlines because he wore lipstick and rouge, blousy dresses and braids, baubled earrings and fake beauty marks. It didn't hurt any that Boy George and his band, Culture Club, dominated the music scene in 1982 and 1983 with a series of soulful, catchy pop tunes, among them "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?" "Karma Chameleon" and "Church of the Poison Mind. " Well, gender-bender Boy George - 25 now, and sporting a close-cropped shock of hair - is back in the headlines again.
February 16, 2001 |
Let's take it back, waaaay back. I'm talking parachute pants, leg warmers, big hair and Boy George. You do remember Boy George, the flamboyant cross-dresser who gave us "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" and "Church of the Poison Mind"? Well, our "Karma Chameleon" is in town Thursday but, sorry to say, he won't "tumble 4 ya. " Instead, George will be behind the turntables, spinning dance music. Yes, the Culture Club frontman is now a DJ - his career before becoming an '80s pop icon.
July 9, 1986 |
London police are looking for Boy George after breaking into his posh pad as part of a series of drug raids early yesterday. No drugs were found, and the pop star wasn't in when the cops called, but a Scotland Yard source said, "We would still like to interview him. " Five others were arrested during the raids, including Boy George's companion, Marilyn, and his brother Kevin O'Dowd. Marilyn was charged with heroin possession, and O'Dowd and the others were charged with conspiracy to supply Boy George with heroin.
December 22, 1986 |
A friend of pop star Boy George, arrested with him Saturday on suspicion of drug possession, died yesterday of a possible drug overdose, police said. Mark Golding, 20, of London, was released after 11 hours in custody late Saturday, after being arrested with Boy George and another man on suspicion of marijuana possession. Police sources said that Golding went to the west London home of the other man, Mark Batham, and that police were called there yesterday morning. They found Golding unconscious and rushed him to the hospital, but he was dead on arrival, apparently from an overdose of methadone, a heroin substitute, police sources said.
June 30, 1987 |
A lot of people didn't think Boy George, the sweet-voiced pop/fashion king of 1984 who by 1986 had become a hollow-eyed heroin addict, would ever come back. And judging from "Sold," his first solo album, he knows it. "When I think about the laughter directed at me" - he sings in "We've Got a Right" - "I don't give a damn any more. " Divorced from Culture Club, whose hits such as "Time" and "Karma Chameleon" now seem long ago and far away, Boy George is clearly trying to carve a separate musical identity.
July 14, 1986 |
Pop singer Boy George was quoted yesterday as saying he hoped to escape conviction on a heroin-possession charge because he had no drugs on him when he was arrested. "I'm sure when I go to court everything will be all right, and hopefully I'll get off," Boy George was quoted as saying in an interview with the newspaper the News Of The World. The 25-year-old singer was arrested Saturday morning; Scotland Yard released him 12 hours later and ordered him to appear before a London magistrate on July 29. "There's no proof that I was in possession when I was arrested this morning," he was quoted as saying after his release.
July 30, 1986 |
Boy George pleaded guilty yesterday in a London magistrate's court to heroin possession and was fined $370. The rocker, who has been undergoing treatment for heroin addiction since his house was raided by police two weeks ago, spoke only three times and in soft monosyllables. "I think it is right to say that you faced up to the charge manfully," Magistrate Geoffrey Noel told the singer. Outside the courthouse, about 200 fans chanted, "We love you, George. " Boy George said to them: "I've no excuse.
July 11, 1986 |
Boy George is undergoing heroin-abuse treatment by a doctor who has used electronic equipment to wean other rock stars off the drug, the head of his record company confirmed yesterday in London. Boy George's apartment was raided by drug agents Tuesday, but he was nowhere to be found, and there have been conflicting reports regarding his whereabouts. Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Records, said the singer had called him Sunday night seeking help with his problem, saying he'd been addicted to the drug for several months.
August 5, 1998 |
It's 7 p.m. in Atlanta, hours before Boy George will reunite with his mates in Culture Club for their first U.S. show in 13 years, and George is gabbing about gay stereotypes in film and TV. "All you ever get is the eyeliner on the one-liner or home-furnishing stories," George says with a laugh. "No one deals with issues. You never get rounded characters. You just get men who listen to Streisand. " Dealing with issues in blunt, charming fashion is the forte of George, who plays the Mann tonight with Culture Club.
April 19, 2014 |
Boy George, who plays the TLA Friday, has had his troubles with drugs, sex scandals, and jail time. Call it his Rimbaudesque season in Hell, if you will, a period he's well over and done with. Rather than a moment of self-actualization in which to break the cycle of lousiness, the Boy says, frankly, that he just had to become an adult. "I honestly had to keep telling myself over and over again to wise up until I got it," George says with a laugh. "When people talk about reinventing themselves, they're normally just talking about getting a new stylist.