"Looking pretty after getting assaulted on Saturday night!" Boy George (nee George O'Dowd) posted to Twitter along with a photo of his puffy eye -- although the tweet has since been removed.
O'Dowd was "poked" in the eye after a fan tried to run away with his hat, as he was exiting club Amadeus. In an attempt to retrieve his topper, the singer took a beating.
But the injury didn't only affect O'Dowd -- his wardrobe team had to do some quick thinking the following day to cover up evidence of the scuffle with an interesting costume diversion.
"The genius of Christine! One eye Joe! I have a gig so had to be clever! Quite Left Eye innit!
The 49-year-old former Culture Club singer had kept the picture above his fireplace at his Hampstead mansion. He bought it from an art dealer 26 years ago without knowing that it had been plundered from the church of St Charalambos in Neo Chorio in northern Cyprus after Turkey's invasion in 1974.
Bishop Porfyrios of the Cyprus Orthodox Church noticed the image while George was being interviewed by a Dutch TV show last year. When he discovered that it's the same image that was stolen decades ago, he called the singer and told him about the relic's story.
George, real name George O'Dowd, was happy to return the icon to its original owners without asking for payment.
"To be honest when I knew I was being released I did have a moment when I was like, 'Do I really want to get out?!' and I thought you know when you read about people being institutionalized I thought well I can understand why," he explained. "Because you know what you're doing."
The "Karma Chameleon" hitmaker appreciated getting to spend a lot of time alone when he was in jail as he had not done so since a holiday to India more than 10 years prior to his imprisonment. He told Absolute Radio DJ Frank Skinner,
He served just four months of his 15-month sentence, but admits he felt comfortable in London's tough Pentonville Prison by the time he was released. The singer explains, "When I knew I was being released, I did have a moment when I was like, 'Do I really want to get out?' I can understand why people get institutionalized. You get a lot of time on your own and you do actually think, 'This is actually quite good.' "
"I had a good job. I worked in the kitchen. I really liked the people I worked with. When I left they were really sad.
And flamboyant frontman George O'Dowd - aka gay icon Boy George - has revealed a plan is in place to celebrate the anniversary of the release of Culture Club's first ever single on April 30, 2012. He says, "We're definitely doing it, yeah, yeah, in 2012. Our D-Day is April 30, which is the same day as our first ever single release, 'White Boy', and yeah, we're doing it, it's going to be great fun."
George admits he agreed on the reunion, because he wanted to perform with Culture Club one more time - before he's too old. He adds, "If we don't do it
Some people were born to be sold, and George O'Dowd always seemed to have a price on his head -- one of his own making. He was one of the children of the revolution in dark corners, the bastard spawn of Bowie, that distant father-figure of difference who deserted those he had inspired, then returned to their gaudy playground to use them in his next chameleon project, namely his Ashes to Ashes video. The late '70s and early '80s revealed a legacy, and a need to challenge that has all but expired. The New Romantic era was the baroque riposte to punk's safety pins, and Boy George became its ambassador to a startled world.
It strikes me that one of the reasons we so readily slice time into neat 10-year periods of zeitgeist is that each of the decades from the 50s through to the 80s provided distinctive shifts in pop music. As nothing evokes the peculiarity of an age quite so emotively as a new type of song, for the past half century pop has served as the soundtrack of folk memory.
Yet as a method of looking back to the past, it's beginning to deliver diminishing returns. In the absence of any original music trends, the 90s and the noughties seemed to bleed into one another. And now we have come to live in a state of permanent retrospection, popwise, with a plethora of "classic" and "gold" radio stations and a music industry based on imitation,
Born in south London in 1961, George O'Dowd was one of the Blitz club kids who turned a life of dressing up on the dole into a career, as the beribboned and elaborately made-up singer of Culture Club. Always quick with a quip – he turned himself into a gay-you-like mascot for jittery middle England by telling chatshow host Russell Harty: "I prefer a nice cup of tea to sex" – he propelled the musically unremarkable Culture Club to stardom, helping them to seven top 10 hits in the UK, and nine in the Us. Heroin was his undoing and even the gags – "I'm a drag addict, not a drug addict" – couldn't mask the fall. In the 90s, he reinvented himself as a DJ,
Two supporting cast members have already signed up for the project, "Worried About the Boy" - British actor Mat Horne will play Culture Club drummer Jon Moss, an alleged former lover of the singer - real name George O'Dowd, while Green Street Hooligans star Marc Warren will take on the role of scene trend setter Steve Strange.
The drama will chronicle the early days of Culture Club, who went on to sell 22 million albums worldwide, O'Dowd's addiction to heroin and his prison spell in 2009 when he was put behind bars for assault and false imprisonment of a male prostitute.
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