His outrageous fashion and controversial behaviour have been making headlines for decades. He, conversely, feels there is nothing remotely incongruous about sitting down for a cup of tea wearing a capacious black overcoat and customised domed hat made from rabbit-fur felt. Something with humour. He may contest the word theatrical but there is no question that he is a born entertainer. That much should have been clear when he appeared in a celestial white tunic on Top of the Pops in , aged 21, his face pale and angular, his hair tied with ribbons, singing, Do You Really Want to Hurt Me? It will be followed in November by a stadium tour across the UK.
Boy George talks life, sexuality and Club clashes
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He is the lead singer of the pop band Culture Club. George is known for his soulful voice and his androgynous appearance. He was part of the English New Romantic movement which emerged in the late s to the early s. His music is often classified as blue-eyed soul , which is influenced by rhythm and blues and reggae. His look and style of fashion was greatly inspired by glam rock pioneers David Bowie and Marc Bolan. He was the lead singer of Jesus Loves You between and He was raised in a working-class Irish Catholic family; his father was born in England of Irish descent and his mother is from Dublin.
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The comments are particularly ill-timed given that the U. When his followers voiced their disappointment that someone whose gender-expansive persona had been formative for many trans and nonbinary people would express such views, George doubled down. George has denied, however, that he is transphobic. In a statement provided to the U. What else is there?
With more than 50 million albums sold and a Grammy for Best New Artist, Culture Club's stature as an archetype of '80s pop music is undeniable. Reviewers often attributed the British band's success to its musical talent, catchy songs like "Karma Chameleon" and "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me," and a flamboyant sense of style, but lead singer Boy George recently said another factor was instrumental to the group's popularity in the U. We didn't create it. We don't have to take responsibility for it.