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 22, 1998 |
"I don't play golf and I don't fish. I want to die in the office. " - "60 Minutes" producer Don Hewitt, 75, on his retirement plans Ellen DeGeneres, convinced ABC will cancel her sitcom "Ellen" after its season finale next month, should resolve to spend some of her newfound free time studying show-biz etiquette. DeGeneres recently taped a guest appearance on the NBC series "Mad About You," and reportedly left the set with everybody mad at her. The star, playing a nanny on the May 19 episode of the Paul Reiser/Helen Hunt sitcom, "forgot it wasn't her program," the New York Post reported.
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.
June 12, 1998 |
Together, they seemed to define the split personality of Britain in the 1980s: scowling, concrete-haired Margaret Thatcher and loopy, cross-dressing Boy George. Margaret Thatcher is gone from the stage. But Boy George, after years in twilight, is back. Reunited with Brit-band Culture Club - you remember "Karma Chameleon," don't you? - Boy George will play at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 5 under the rafters of the Mann Center for the Performing Arts. Not only is George back, so is '80s music.
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.
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 31, 1998 |
Even in the midst of the New Romantic flurry of the mid-1980s, Culture Club stood out like something else. "One black, one Jew, one Irish transvestite and one Anglo-Saxon," to hear bass player Mikey Craig describe them, these culture clashers and club devotees offered an intriguing mix of rock and reggae, Bowie and Bolan, old-school soul and Burundi Beats, cross-dressing and romantic sincerity. Typical of many pop phenomena, Culture Club burned like a party queen, flying sky-high with hits like "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me, "Karma Chameleon," "Church of the Poison Mind" and "I'll Tumble for You. " Then they plummeted when Boy George got himself all druggy and mental, broke up with drummer/romantic partner (and lyrical inspiration)
April 12, 1993 |
QUOTE "I always liked Nancy Reagan. I thought she was sort of fragile and vulnerable and very appealing. " - Hillary Rodham Clinton NOW YOU SEE THEM . . . Kristen McMenamy is one plucky model. The Easton, Pa., native was just another pretty face on the runway until she plucked out her eyebrows. It was, McMenamy says, an act of rebellion. She also chopped off her hair. "Since I couldn't conform and look like the girl next door, I decided to go the opposite way and be a weirdo," she said.
June 17, 1986 |
A wacky episode of The A-Team and a Woody Allen movie offer light entertainment in the early evening. Later the mood turns serious, with an earnest special on reading and somber reports on terrorism and affirmative action. EVENING HIGHLIGHTS THE A-TEAM (8 p.m., Ch. 3) - Fans of Boy George and Culture Club will want to tune in to this repeat episode. Boy George stars as himself and displays a relatively macho side of his personality. He and the Culture Club also perform three songs.
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.