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July 10, 1986 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Staff Writer (Inquirer popular-music critic Ken Tucker and wire services contributed to this article.)
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.
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February 16, 2001 | By Lloylita Prout, FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
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July 9, 1986 | By W. Speers, Inquirer Staff Writer (Contributing to this article were the Associated Press, United Press International, Reuters and Newsday.)
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.
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December 22, 1986 | By Marguerite Del Giudice, Inquirer Staff Writer (United Press International and the Associated Press contributed to this report.)
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.
NEWS
June 30, 1987 | By DAVID HINCKLEY, New York Daily News
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.
NEWS
July 14, 1986 | By Henry Goldman, Inquirer Staff Writer (The Associated Press and United Press International contributed to this article.)
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.
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July 30, 1986 | By W. Speers, Inquirer Staff Writer (Contributing to this article were the Associated Press, United Press International and USA Today.)
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.
NEWS
July 11, 1986 | By W. Speers, Inquirer Staff Writer (Contributing to this article were the Associated Press, United Press International, the Washington Post and the New York Daily News.)
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 5, 1998 | By A.D. Amorosi, FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2014 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
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.
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January 16, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
We might speak of London-born Sam Smith with the same reverence we once did Boy George and George Michael. All are soulful New Wave Brits whose warm, torchy voices can move you to tears. Smith - who packed the Liacouras Center on Tuesday - is British blue-eyed pop-soul's voice du jour, a platinum-selling singer/songwriter, with his debut album In the Lonely Hour . Smith, 22, was actually very reminiscent of the Boy George of yore (sans the cross-dress accoutrements). From the shape of his face to a yearning voice that leaped from falsetto to round, low tones, Smith is a spiritual brother to Boy George.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2014 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
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.
SPORTS
September 15, 2012 | By Tim McManus, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Kimelheim family had a big afternoon for the George School on Friday, leading the Cougars to a 2-0 victory at Westtown in a Friends Schools League boys' soccer game. Noah and Zack Kimelheim, part of a set of triplets on the team, each scored and assisted on the other's goal in the first half. Their brother, Jared, plays fullback. Aidan Greer made 15 saves for George School. Trent Schindler had five saves for Westtown, which lost for the first time this season. Suburban One Continental.
NEWS
April 28, 2011
Poly Styrene, 53, the braces-wearing singer who belted out "Oh bondage, up yours!" with the band X-Ray Spex, died Monday. Styrene, whose real name was Marion Elliott-Said, had been suffering from cancer. Boy George was among those paying tribute on Twitter, writing, "Oh bless you Poly you will be missed! Legend!" X-Ray Spex released just one album, 1978's Germ Free Adolescents . But its aggressively catchy single "Oh Bondage, Up Yours!" became an enduring punk anthem.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 17, 2009 | By Tirdad Derakhshani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
15 months in jail for Boy George Former Culture Club singer Boy George (George O'Dowd), 47, was sentenced yesterday to 15 months in jail after being convicted in a London court of falsely imprisoning a male escort. Judge David Radford said Boy was guilty of "gratuitous violence. " The singer's lawyer said his client and Norwegian escort Audun Carlsen, 29, both behaved like "drug-crazed idiots" and that Boy's substance abuse problems were a contributing factor. Boy was convicted in December of handcuffing Carlsen to a wall at his East London flat.
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April 4, 2008 | By A.D. Amorosi FOR THE INQUIRER
Asha Bhosle is to Indian music what Ennio Morricone is to the Italians - a titan of that country's cinematic film soundtrack landscape as well as its pop charts, whose music transcends all literal and figurative borders. Whether it's movies familiar to fans of Bollywood, duets with the likes of Kronos Quartet, Michael Stipe and Boy George, or her sinewy sound as sampled by Black Eyes Peas and Sarah Brightman, there's more Bhosle going around than you can imagine. A lot more.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 1, 2007 | HOWARD GENSLER Daily News wire services contributed to this report
IT MAY NOT smell like teen spirit anymore, but Kurt Cobain's stuff may smell like it's been in storage for a decade. No matter. His widow, Courtney Love, is having a sale. "I'm going to have a Christie's auction," Love told the AOL music Web site Spinner.com. "[My house] is like a mausoleum. " "My daughter [Frances Bean] doesn't need to inherit a giant . . . bag full of flannel . . . shirts," Love said. "A sweater, a guitar and the lyrics to '(Smells Like) Teen Spirit' - that's what my daughter gets.
NEWS
October 10, 2005 | By Jennifer Dorazio INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
"Do you really want to hurt me? / Do you really want to make me cry?" Maybe so, Boy George, maybe so. The British pop star was arraigned on drug charges over the weekend. George (real name George O'Dowd) called 911 around 3 a.m. Friday to report that his Manhattan apartment had been burglarized, police said. Officers arrived at George's pad and discovered a small amount of cocaine next to a computer, police said. George's lawyer denies that the drugs found belonged to his client.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 16, 2003 | By Howard Shapiro INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Taboo has everything but a soul. It has Boy George in a musical story about the life of Boy George, composed, scored and partly conceived by Boy George. It has a thorough rewrite from its London original by American actor and playwright Charles Busch. It has a reported $10 million bankroll by Rosie O'Donnell, who has done genuine good deeds for Broadway, although this is not one of them. And, oh, does it have passion. If you could order passion from a menu and you wanted no accompaniments - nothing to explain it or allow you to be tantalized by it and sucked into it - then Taboo would be your perfect restaurant.
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