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updated 06/15/1998 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/15/1998 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>Boy George

Boy II Man Since leading his group, Culture Club, to pop fame in the 1980s, Boy George has given up the dresses he once wore (but not his makeup) and has been working in London as a deejay and owner of a small record company. Now, at 37, he is reassembling his old bandmates for a U.S. tour and a June 14 performance on the VH1 Storytellers series.

How do you feel about '80s music?

At the time I didn't really appreciate other bands because I felt like I was in competition with them. But now I can look back and really appreciate some of the Duran Duran songs, certain Cyndi Lauper songs.

How have you changed most since your heyday?

I was a lot more petulant when I was 21. And more insecure.

Do you miss your old look?

At a certain point I felt really trapped in that image. I felt like one of those Victorian women putting on those bustle dresses.

What should we expect this time around?

I always dress up when I go onstage because that's my armor, my protection. It will be kind of extreme but different from the '80s look.

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