The irrepressible Boy George opened up about his love of songs, his music, his acting lessons and the upcoming Culture Club tour at Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch this morning. Along with British pop royalty , hosts Tim Lovejoy and Simon Rimmer were guests, early Lancashire novelist and young girl Sarah Cox – and Hullraisers actress Leah Brotherhead.
There were lots of laughs and ideas on the popular, laid-back and light-hearted program, which celebrated its 10th anniversary earlier this year. Guests clearly had fun talking about their careers and upcoming projects — and, of course, enjoying food and drinks.
Culture Club fans were treated to another viewing of the band’s classic 80s video from their hit ‘Do You Really Want to Hurt Me’ as Boy George settled on the couch for his chat with Tim and Simon . “It was an era of electronic music,” he said. “Actually, I wanted to do something faster.
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“He thought it was too slow, and I should have done more Madonna stuff.” He added: “It’s funny because I’m not that person anymore. I can only deal with how I am now. When I look at that person now, it’s hilarious – I think ‘Who is that queen?’ “
Explaining the reason he appeared barefoot on Top of the Pops, George said it was because of his obsession with sixties diva Sandy Shaw. Speaking about his love of music, he said, “Actually, I like songs, I’m not interested in singers. Some of my favorite singers can’t sing, like Bob Dylan – I want to hear the truth and the humor.”
He added that he enjoyed listening to the surreal lyrics the most – songs such as Lou Reed’s Walk on the Wild Side. “It’s so surreal,” he said.
Viewers got to see a snippet of his latest track – “The Boy Who Sat by the Window”. Georgle also talked about releasing records and his upcoming tours with Culture Club. “I turned 60 last June and I wanted to release 60 songs to celebrate it. I think right now I’m 28 now.
“I’ve probably released more records in the last three months than most people have probably released in their entire career. I love pop music. I’m my record company, so I’m my own. boss and I can do whatever I want.”
Always so flamboyant and stylish, and apparently at a very good place in his life, George wore a giant green hat that wouldn’t have looked out of place on the set of the movie Gangs of New York. Culture Club will headline a ‘Heritage Live’ concert at Kenwood House, Hamstead, London on Friday 17th June.
They will be supported by other British pop legends – Bananarama and Lulu, and DJ Fat Tony. George said his band would play gigs in Las Vegas. “We’re still touring, but or the last two years haven’t been able to,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to do shows in the States, so we’re going to Vegas, which is exciting.”
He also revealed that he was taking acting lessons. “I’ve been taking acting classes for two years,” he said. “I help build my confidence on stage. It’s like a kind of therapy for my singing and it helps me in my performance.” George explained that it helps him relax and connect with the public.
Viewers were delighted to see Boy George looking so happy and healthy, and many took to the official Sunday Brunch Twitter account to express their approval. “The new song is classy. Very late Bowie,” said Michael Treanor.
“I really enjoyed listening to it this morning, I’m not usually a fan, but it was funny and endearing,” @natruss7 wrote. While Tina Rice added, “Perfect Sunday morning, food and @boygeorge…nice interview x.”
BBC Radio 2 teatime presenter Sara Cox was on the couch promoting her debut novel ‘Thrown’, which will be available to buy from May 12. Set in her home town of Bolton, the story revolves around three women whose paths, problems and sorrows cross when they join a pottery class at a local community centre.
They include the character of Shiela, who she describes as a cross between Coronation Street’s Bet Lynch and legendary American actress and singer Bette Midler. The plot includes “cheating and exes”, including an ex-partner who may or may not be in jail, and how people “can come together and change”.
On the creative writing process, she said: “I had the idea and as I was writing the characters almost formed in front of me, almost telling me where to go next. That’s the most fun – invent things.”
Leah Brotherhead, who plays Toni in Channel 4’s hit comedy series Hullraisers, has revealed there are plans to do a second series of the show. She also talked about playing Cathy in an upcoming theater production of Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, which will tour Berkley and Los Angeles, California and Chicago.
Jay See, commenting on Twitter, said: “I absolutely loved watching Hullraisers! My new catchphrase is ‘If that doesn’t make me feel amazing I gotta go’ – with a Hull accent.”
Other guests on today’s show included Kiell Smith-Bynoe, chef Jeremy Pang and a live performance by Scottish indie pop band Belle and Sebastian.