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Culture Club and George

Report and Interview by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, 23 December 1983

A TYPICAL SUNDAY afternoon in New York's Central Park. Horse drawn carriages sweep by full of tourists. Armies of joggers with headphones stream down every ...

Boy George: The Boy Who Fell From Grace

Interview by Tom Hibbert, Q, September 1987

THE PRESS OFFICER has pleaded, in the nicest possible way. "You're not going to ask him about drugs, are you?" Maybe. Maybe not. In the ...

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Culture Club's Boy George (1983)

Interview by Max Bell, Rock's Backpages audio, October 1983

The Culture Club icon on his travels through Europe: druggies in Amsterdam, efficient Germans, and European art and fashion.

File format: mp3; file size: 21.4mb, interview length: 23' 24" sound quality: ***

Boy George (2002)

Interview by Bill Brewster, Rock's Backpages audio, 7 January 2002

The sometime Culture Club frontman talks about his involvement in the Taboo stage show; looks back at the '80s, the New Romantics and characters such as Steve Strange and Philip Salon; talks about Taboo's inspiration Leigh Bowery; discusses his relationship with the gay community; reflects on songwriting, clubbing, DJing... and reading Sasha's palm.

File format: mp3; file size: 59.8mb, interview length: 1h 02' 16" sound quality: ****

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Boy George: The Face Interview

Interview by Fiona Russell Powell, The Face, November 1982

I FIRST MET George O'Dowd about two years ago, shortly after I had moved down to London from Sheffield. George had just vacated his room ...

Boy George: Bohemian!

Interview by Cynthia Rose, Creem, June 1984

Were they rebels? Were they artists? Were they outcasts from society? They were all of these. They were the Bohemians. These bohemians, Mr. and Mrs. ...

Boy George and the War On Pop

Essay by Ian Penman, New Musical Express, December 1984

2003 note: I don’t know about this: "this" being the original 2,000 words I handed in at the very last minute to a poor, frazzled ...

Boy George: Boy On Fire

Interview by Lesley White, The Face, December 1984

The friendly but frozen smile of Boy George has been served up, like a cake fresh from the refrigerator, all over the media. It has ...

Boy George: The Face Interview

Interview by Fiona Russell Powell, The Face, 1986

George O'Dowd on fame, drugs, wealth, sex, George Michael, Alice Temple, Martin Degville… ...

Boy George: Chasing the Dragon

Report by Jon Savage, The Observer, 13 July 1986

JON SAVAGE reports on the rise and fall of Boy George ...

Boy George: From Culture Club To Vulture Club

Comment by Paolo Hewitt, Don Watson, New Musical Express, 26 July 1986

Boy George's romance with the Fleet Street scandal sheets came to an abrupt end when they turned on him in an hysterical anti-drugs campaign. But ...

Boy George's Nightmare

Report by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 28 August 1986


Boy George: Flying nun back on the runway

Interview by Jon Savage, The Observer, 22 February 1987

Boy George talks exclusively to JON SAVAGE about heroin, cold turkey and death ...

The Montreux Pop Festival

Report and Interview by William Shaw, Smash Hits, 3 June 1987

What are Curiosity Killed The Cat, Boy George, Whitney Houston, Beastie Boys, A-ha and three squillion other pop stars doing in a little town in ...

Boy George: Sold (Virgin)

Review by Rob Tannenbaum, Rolling Stone, 13 August 1987

AFTER INITIATING one of the most successful publicity juggernauts of the decade, Boy George had a hard time adjusting to the consequences of fame. The ...

Boy George: Mr. Clean

Report and Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 8 October 1987

Boy George Straightens Up His Act ...

Boy George: Culture Shock

Interview by Jon Wilde, Melody Maker, 18 February 1989


Jesus Loves You: The Last Temptation of Boy George

Report and Interview by Lucy O'Brien, Select, April 1991

Four years ago BOY GEORGE'S world crashed, his career in shreds as he struggled to come off heroin. He became a bitter, paranoid recluse, shunning the same media he'd once courted. In this rare interview, ...

Boy George: The Comeback

Interview by Tom Hibbert, Details, July 1993

The comeback queen talks to Tom Hibbert about losing his virginity and finding his religion ...

Boy George: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 15 January 1994

"IT'S NICE to be appreciated on your own manor," croaks George, choked up at the waves of love crashing over him, "cos there was a ...

Boy George: Is This His Last 15 Minutes Of Fame?

Comment by Fiona Russell Powell, Daily Express, 1995

IT WAS going to be the party of the year — so far. In the event, it turned out to be the party of the ...

...And The Arrest is History: Great Rock'n'Roll Drug Busts Through the Ages

Retrospective by Stuart Bailie, New Musical Express, 25 January 1997

Liam Gallagher's caution for possession of cocaine is the latest in a long line of rock'n'roll drug busts. STUART BAILIE remembers those other pop stars ...

Culture Clash: The Return Of The 50 Foot Gender Benders

Report and Interview by Dave Thompson, Alternative Press, 1998

"LIAM GALLAGHER is so sexy! There’s not much irony in the things Liam says, it’s just pent up rotweiler frustration. But honey, I ...

The iJamming! Interview: Boy George

Interview by Tony Fletcher,, September 2000

I CAN only imaginewhat some of the rockists will be thinking when they come to this site and see a Boy George interview as a ...

Boy George (2002) [transcript]

Audio transcript of interview by Bill Brewster, Rock's Backpages transcripts, January 2002

This is a transcript of Bill's audio interview with Boy George. Listen to the audio of this interview. ...

Straight: An Introduction

Book Excerpt by Paul Gorman, Century Books, 2005

GEORGE ISN'T GOOD in the mornings. He strides out of his room, straight back, arms paddling by his side, in black. He catches your eye. ...

Boy George: Bush Hall, London

Live Review by Tim Cooper, The Independent, 12 June 2006

IF EVER A FALLEN idol was in need of reinvention, it's surely Boy George, whose last public appearance was in a New York courtroom. His ...

A World Of Dreaded Fear: Band Aid's Unforgivable Crimes

Retrospective by Wyndham Wallace, The Quietus, 10 December 2013

Band Aid raised awareness of a disastrous famine, as well as huge sums of money to try ease it. But, one year ahead of its ...

Boy George & Culture Club: Bournemouth International Centre

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, The Times, 14 November 2018

The singer's soul-infused, reggae-inflected vocals have deepened and ripened in middle age, acquiring a jazzy sophistication. ...

see also Culture Club

see also Jesus Loves You


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