Boy George talks about the “daisy chain” from Quentin Crisp to David Bowie to him to Adam Lambert
The one-time Culture Club frontman has seen plenty of troubles in recent years but is on an upswing with the new hit song Somebody to Love Me.
He talks about that and plenty more. I’ve excerpted the section about Adam Lambert and Lady Gaga for you.
THR: W hat’s your impression of Adam Lambert?
George: He came to a party I had in London and was lovely. I think he has a great voice and an incredible range. It’s phenomenal. It’s special. And I think the glam thing adds to that. It gives him an edge.
THR: Since Idol, Adam has been pretty open about his sexuality, do you wish you could have been more up front about yours at the height of your career?
George: I think you do things in your own time. 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. A lot of people come up to me all the time and say thank you for helping me be who I am. So my thing wasn’t just about sexuality. It was about anyone who felt different; anyone who felt out of place. Being gay was one part of it.
THR: Your thoughts on Lady Gaga?
George: I applaud what she does. I love the fact that she supports gay people. We appreciate that love. I think she brightens up the horizon. I’ve seen her perform and when it’s just her on the piano, it really showcases what she can do. There is a real voice there. I think she has real talent. I wouldn’t say all her music relates to me, but I loved her arriving [to the Grammys] in an egg.