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Boy George Timeline
June 14, 1961
Born as George Alan O'Dowd in Eltham, Kent, England to Dinah and Jerry O'Dowd.
Idolizes David Bowie and Marc Bolan.
Models hairstyles in The Hairdressers' Journal
Begins to DJ at London's The Planet
Works as a DJ alongside Jeremy Healy.
He and former DJ Mikey Craig become a duo known as In Praise Of Lemmings
. Craig also plays bass guitar.
1981 In Praise Of Lemmings
becomes Sex Gang Children
when guitarist John Suede joins on guitar.
1981 Sex Gang Children
becomes Culture Club
when Jon Moss joins on drums. Suede departs and is replaced by Roy Hay on guitar.
Oct. 1982 Culture Club
releases Kissing To Be Clever
, with the hits "I'll Tumble 4 Ya" and "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me."
At Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, a Boy George look alike contest winner from Chicago is mobbed by the Puerto Rican press when he is mistaken for the real deal. All he wanted to do was enjoy his award: a trip to Puerto Rico.
The group releases Colour By Numbers
featuring the smash hit "Karma Chameleon."
The group releases Waking Up With the House On Fire
In a London newspaper he says, "I'm not gay, and I'm not a transvestite, no matter what anyone thinks. I'm very much a man."
Is quoted as saying: "I prefer a nice cup of tea to sex."
Appears on an episode of the A-Team
entitled "Cowboy George."
Collapses on stage at a benefit concert. This leads his brother to go on UK national TV and reveal Boy George's drug problems in hopes of shocking him back to reality.
May 1986 Culture Club
releases From Luxury To Heartache
. Boy George becomes addicted to heroin around this time.
The band's keyboardist, Michael Rudetski, is found dead at Boy George's mansion in London from a heroin overdose. Boy George is arrested on drug possession charges.
1986/1987 Culture Club
Thanks to his brother, the death of a friend, and his doctor who tells him he better quit drugs or he'll be dead in three months, he gives up drugs.
Releases debut solo album Sold
Goes out on his own with the next couple releases to protest against the UK's restrictions on homosexual propaganda from Clause 28.
Releases the solo album Tense Nervous Headache
Forms his own record label: More Protein.
Releases the solo album Boyfriend
Releases the solo album High Hat
Releases the album The Martyr Mantras
Records "The Crying Game" for the movie of the same name.
His autobiography Take It Like A Man
is released. In it, he mentions that he had an affair with Kirk Brandon.
Kirk Brandon files a lawsuit against Boy George for "malicious falsehood." The case is later dropped.
He releases the solo album Cheapness and Beauty
Begins to write a weekly column for The Daily Express
Begins hosting a weekly radio show on the Galaxy Radio Network.
July 1998 Culture Club
reunites for a short tour.
Visits Bosnia, DJing as part of an effort to rebuild that country.
His West End musical, Taboo
, opens in London.
Madonna sends him a note telling him to remove a version of her song, "Vogue," from Taboo
. It is reported that she was upset that he changed the lyrics from "Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, dance on air" to "Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, that Madonna, dyes her hair." He removes the offending song and tells the media: "I thought she was having a joke. I used to think she was an icon but she’s more eyesore to me now. It’s all so inoffensive - it’s a tiny send-up ... OK we didn’t ask her but, you know, I thought she might laugh. She thinks she’s a born-again Brit but she’s clearly not."
Releases the album A Night Out with Boy George - a DJ Mix
Begins his DJ tour through North America.
Publishes his second autobiography, Straight
Boy George slams Madonna: "I have a problem with Madonna's devotion to Kabbalah, because I watched a documentary that said that Kabbalah believes that gay people are diseased and can be cured ... She's such a hypocrite. This is the woman who has embraced homosexuality and used it to her advantage."
March 11, 2005
Madonna's spokeswoman replies in the New York Post: "There's not enough room to list Madonna's longstanding passion, love, commitment and devotion to the gay community, which has not changed for 20 years." She also says that Kabbalah does "not discriminate against homosexuals, nor do they work toward changing anyone's sexual preference. I wish Boy George would go back to writing songs ... Does he ever have anything nice to say about anyone?"
March 19, 2005
Boy George tells the Radio Times: "Elton John is like our headmaster, the grand old dame of pop, with a beautiful voice but living in an ornate bubble, full of fresh flowers, surrounded by people who nod and laugh at everything he says, and he doesn't have a sense of humour."
Aug. 1, 2005
Attends MTV's twentieth birthday party with Cyndi Lauper. He is quoted in his online journal at his official website, Very Boy George
: "MTV, single-handedly destroyed rock and roll and I mean it. MTV has dragged rock n' roll to the level of the lowest kind of advertising and because of it's rise, we now have a marketing, rather than a music industry. Watching MTV, is like watching one endless, Coca-Cola commercial."
Oct. 7, 2005
After Boy George calls police to his house in New York because of a burglary, police allegedly find 13 bags of cocaine and he is arrested on charges of cocaine possession.
Oct. 8, 2005
After spending the night in jail, Boy George appears in Manhattan Criminal Court. His lawyer says: "He does not know where it came from. He's had a lot of people in his house. A man who has something to hide does not call the police."