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    Boy George rocks Phuket

    Boy George rocks Phuket

    PHUKET: Legendary pop icon and DJ Boy George performed last night (October 5) at Bliss Beach Club in Bang Tao and revealed he is working on a new album with Culture Club.


    “We are working on a new record. We will probably do a greatest hits with five new tracks, and remixes of some classic songs.
    We can't just put another compilation out, this will be different.
    We are writing the five new songs, and will do a new album without a label, so that will be interesting.

    “Myself and Mikey [Culture Club bass guitarist Mikey Craig] started writing and it's going very well. There's a bit of dance party music in there. I think you have to be what you are – what we won't be trying to do is make a pop record.”

    The former Culture Club singer turned DJ George arrived in Phuket on Monday. He is on tour with international DJ Marc Vedo, and the pair fly to Bangkok today to perform together.

    After that they go on to Australia as part of their Asia/Pacific part of their worldwide tour.

    Having sold over 100 million singles and 50 million albums as lead singer and songwriter of Culture Club, George has also been one of the most successful DJs since the late 1970s and continues to be in demand across the globe.

    Since early 2010, George has rolled out a slew of new studio releases that include Amazing Grace, Sunshine Into My Life featuring Shalene Hector of Basement Jaxx fame, Brand New and Turn 2 Dust.

    Asked whether it was hard for him to shake the hype around his Culture Club past, George said it depended on what country he was in.

    “I'm going to Argentina and Mexico, it will be interesting to see if they've got their heads around my deejaying. I go to Italy a lot but for many years they could not accept me as a DJ. Now they don't know me as a singer at all, but it took a long time.

    “It depends on how many times I've been to the country since the 80s. When you've been as successful as I was, people hold you in a certain place. I'm not a big fan of nostalgia. I try to say to the fans if you don't like house music don't come to the DJ gigs because you won't enjoy it, and you'll piss me off, by standing there waving at me. It's like go away, wrong decade. I try to be nice to people but if you come to a DJ gig you've got to dance. If I play [Culture Club] I do, but there's no obligation.

    “I'm really grateful for everything I have. I wouldn't be here without the rest of Culture Club and what I achieved in the ’80s. I think of myself as a progressive artist. When I do the Culture Club thing next year it will be new music as well. I'm an artist, I'm not someone stuck in the past," he told The Phuket News.

    "One of the great things about dance music is that it's kept me progressive, and I'm not going to let anyone take that away from me. I really just try to play what I like, I'm not a juke box DJ."

    George said he and Vedo arrived Monday (the pair are touring together) and have been doing “absolutely nothing except eating, relaxing and going to the gym”.
    The pair are staying are Sri Panwa, which George described as “beautiful – absolutely”. “I got upgraded to this amazing room with an infinity pool, it is so lovely.”

    On Friday he and Vedo (the pair are good friends and George is the godfather to Vedo's child) went out and did some shopping, and ate in a local street food area in Phuket Town.

    “I like Phuket, and I really like the Thai people. They are so chilled and so friendly.”
    George said he plans to return to Phuket on holiday next year with his family.

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    Let's hope he doesn't get too physical if he is with a partner.Great musician but dreadful temperament

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    Not a fan of his but that's a pretty good draw for Phuket. One of the things Thailand lacks for me is A/B list musicians. It's not exactly on the regular gig route is it.

    I never want a business in LOS, but if I did it would be something to do with bringing decent music to the place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EggSandwich
    Not a fan of his but that's a pretty good draw for Phuket. One of the things Thailand lacks for me is A/B list musicians. It's not exactly on the regular gig route is it. I never want a business in LOS, but if I did it would be something to do with bringing decent music to the place.
    A concert maybe, but to see the guy DJ no. Got to admire him for trying to make a buck.

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    ^ You're right mate. I just flicked through and read that he was talking about a new album and assumed he was singing. Doing a DJ set isn't the same at all, but never the less still quite a big name for a beach bar in Bang Tao.

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    I wonder if boy george will be chaining any rentboys to his radiator whilst gigging im LOS, He did it in New york and was put on probabtion for it.

    Hold they are safe no radiators here, just deathtrap air-con systems. So its between a rock and a hard place and indeed Boy Georges cxck for the chap's.

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    BG will be just fine!

    When you get to his age, you gotta make some money for the later years.


    I wanna here the Smith's

    New Order

    And So on

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    New order, now your talking. The stone roses have made a come back recently, but i suspect that Ian brown and Shaun Ryder may go missing for months here in LOS only to be found when they finally come round ( down ) asking " are we on soon "

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    He is in Levels tonight, Suk Soi 11.

    1,000 baht gets you entry and a free bar from 9.30-10.30pm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Breny View Post
    New order, now your talking. The stone roses have made a come back recently, but i suspect that Ian brown and Shaun Ryder may go missing for months here in LOS only to be found when they finally come round ( down ) asking " are we on soon "


    Check yer stats,


    I miss the 80's


    The 90's were a blur

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    “I like Phuket, and I really like the Thai people. They are so chilled and so friendly.”
    he hasn't met everyone yet

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    might not be let in to Aust. yet / Soup Dog found it hard going with a Crim Record

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    I thought a criminal record in Oz was mandatory.

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    ANY photos of him ?
    faggots never age well

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    ^ He hasn't:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerbil View Post
    ^ He hasn't:


    The eyes show the abuse... What a shame,


    Looking in the mirror... gosh we are gettin old

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    That said, he's still a rancid old poove.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daft Old Cat View Post
    That said, he's still a rancid old poove.
    Yes he is,

    Grew up with the music so thats what I know him for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerbil View Post
    ^ He hasn't:

    Isn't that Zehner?

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    Did security for a birthday party he had in Portland Place about 12-14 years ago.

    Never seen such a depraved bunch of donut punching fuckwits before or since.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog View Post
    Having sold over 100 million singles and 50 million albums as lead singer and songwriter of Culture Club
    Bit before my time, but that's a bit hard to believe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Albert Shagnastier
    Never seen such a depraved bunch of donut punching fuckwits before or since.
    You've never been to a TV party then?

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    Never really liked Culture club, but he did manage a few good songs with a bit of soul. He also gained a lot of credit from the years he was a House/dance DJ with the high points being around 94 -96ish, with a few Ministry of Sounds albums and many major events that were happening around this time. I went to see him DJ recently in BKK, one if not both of us, were too old to be there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carrabow View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Daft Old Cat View Post
    That said, he's still a rancid old poove.
    Yes he is,

    Grew up with the music so thats what I know him for.
    u like shitty pansy pop music?

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