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“I’m not responsible enough to have a dog – or a child.”

 

Boy George

“I’m not someone who can sing anything… And my favorite singers aren’t people whose voice you would say is amazing. I’m a big Bob Dylan fan, a huge David Bowie fan… none of those people have orthodox, cabaret voices. These are people where what they’re singing about is just as important as how they’re singing it.”

 

Boy George

“Leigh [Bowery] would create fake guest lists and put the most ridiculous names on them – Joan Collins, or really naff soap stars who would never grace the door of Taboo.”

 

Boy George

“Tweeting is something you can do wherever you are, on your phone, on the computer, in an airport lounge. It’s easy to do, and I do find it fun to communicate with people. It’s quite nice that we can have almost direct contact with anyone in the world at any time. I don’t know how important it is in terms of one’s career. It seems to be pretty much superfluous in terms of that, but it’s nice to communicate.”

 

Boy George

“Leigh [Bowery] obviously loved having me in the club because I would attract media, and he loved and lived for his column inches.”

 

Boy George

“In writing the autobiography, I can really chuckle when I look at the songs. I was acting out the part. I saw myself as a victim.”

 

Boy George

“Voting for New Labour is like helping an old lady across the road while screaming ‘Get a move on!’ Even the Tories, who you could once rely on to be completely heartless are pretending to care.”

 

Boy George

“Remember that I was out of the closet at the age of sixteen. My parents knew I was gay; I’d had to tell them.”

 

Boy George

“Sex has never been an obsession with me. It’s just like eating a bag of crisps. Quite nice, but nothing marvellous.”

 

Boy George

“What happened during the previews of ‘Taboo’ [musical] was that it was the first time I’d ever been written about as a great song-writer – I cried. I absolutely wept, because it wasn’t the usual stuff like, “Oh, he was a drug addict and he did this and that…” It was really looking at the music and it was really complimentary. It was a huge thing.”

 

Boy George

“The New Romantic scene was so tiny. Although it got lots of mileage in the media, it was a really small club with only a core group of people. As it got more popular, kids started to come from the suburbs all dressed up, but it -really wasn’t as big as it looked.”

 

Boy George

“I’ve had to write in a different way because I’m not in a bad place and I’m not heartbroken, so there’s no one I want revenge on.”

 

Boy George

“Leigh [Bowery] would make up stories about people committing suicide or going on hunger strikes because they were refused entry at the door.”

 

Boy George

“You have to watch what you eat.”

 

Boy George

“The problem with being on the road – especially in a hot place like Florida – is that you can begin to think you’re on holiday. You can partake of the buffet a little bit more than you should, so you have to have a routine.”

 

Boy George

“My family knew I was gay when I was 15, long before I got famous. But it’s a very different thing coming out to your family and coming out to the universe. That’s a big step. Maybe without me, there wouldn’t be Adam Lambert. Without Bowie, there wouldn’t be me. Without Quentin Crisp, there wouldn’t have been Bowie. So everything is part of a big daisy chain.”

 

Boy George

“Part of me looks at the gay movement now and worries that we’re losing our individuality.”

 

Boy George

“People say things about me all the time and I get over it. I’ve had some appalling things told about me.”

 

Boy George

“What’s really sad is that a lot of very talented people are being forced to do things that are very embarrassing and I don’t intend to be one of them.”

 

Boy George

“The Taboo crowd was certainly less precious. They were happy to end up in a pile of vomit and booze at the end of the night. It was antifashion, in a sense. They were just as obsessive as the New -Romantics but they acted like they didn’t care.”

 

Boy George