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Boy George- New York's Freak Scene Is Alive & Kicking

Author: Jonty Skruff (
Monday, December 22, 2003
"The 'freak scene' is still alive and thriving through the efforts of a few. And you see lots of interesting kids appearing all the time."

Chatting to Skrufff from Manhattan this week, ex-pat Englishman-in-New York Boy George revealed he's been impressed by the vibe he's found in Manhattan club-land, since relocating from London this September.

"We did a gig with The Twin at Stingray at the Coral Rooms and it lured all the young weirdoes out as well as some of the diehard premier freaks," said George.

"It was especially fun because I have fallen madly in love with a boy who swims in a big fish tank in the wall and it's the small things that make a night out. New York is different but so is London- them youth are very conservative, on the whole."

Skrufff (Jonty Skrufff): How's Taboo going-

Boy George: "Taboo is going well so far, most nights are full, the crowds stand up at the end and they all seem to love it. Of course, theatre is unpredictable and January is a treacherous month so who knows, but it seems to be ticking over nicely. My legs are also looking sexy because I have to climb three flights of stairs, about seven times during each show and I'm quite pleased to have shed a few inches. The show is both fun and hard work because of all the make-up changes and costume dramas."

Skrufff: Where are you spending Xmas Day-

Boy George: "I will be in Connecticut with some English pals and I'm vegetarian so no turkey for me. I imagine it'll involve lots of eating and lazing around because Boxing Day doesn't happen here in America, meaning it's back to work on Friday."

Skrufff: What do you make of this year's new marketing buzzword 'metrosexual'-

Boy George: "I thought metrosexuals were people who wore make-up on tube trains. For me it's just another pointless label since sexuality is a grey area with pink spots and it's omnipresent. People talk about sexuality as if it's some battery pack that you can switch on and off. I would say we are all as gay as we are straight and what you choose as a major preference is no more important than preferring one kind of cheese against another. Of course, this is a very basic response because I feel the sexuality issue is colossal and complex and every time you reach an understanding something pops up to contradict it. I'm actually presently working on a photo-book of men right in all sorts of homo-erotic poses and outfits and it's very interesting how far people will go."

Skrufff: Do you have any tips for men wishing to wear make-up-

Boy George: "I think you should always wear what makes you feel comfortable and pretty and fuck fashion, because everything is eventually revived. If you ignore fashion, you stay ahead of it."

Skrufff: What's happening with your 'Do I Look Like a Slut proteges Avenue D-

Boy George: "Avenue D are doing gigs here and there and we are about to release 'Slut' with a remix in the UK. I am also about to record a new track with Avenue D and The Twin and we've also done a cut-up mix of Here Come The Girls combined with 'Slut' which should be floating around soon. They are always up to something, dragging me along to see bands and them disappearing to Florida to paint walls. They always full of positive energy and great fun. I hear 'Slut' in almost every bar and club I go to and it still sounds much better than Camel Toe."

Skrufff: What's ahead for 2004-

Boy George: "I'm still working on final tracks for the Twin DVD and shooting porn stars and other interesting things. This beauty (on the picture above) is called Johnny Hazzard and he's a fucking babe and very free with his body. Nothing like myself of course."

Photo: The Twin