Boy George's 1970s: Save Me from Suburbia

Boy George's 1970s: Save Me from Suburbia


The 70s were, says George Alan O’Dowd, “the last ever bonkers decade”: there was social discord, mass unemployment, drabness and intolerance yet conversely it was also a time that revelled in creativity, outrageous fashion and liberation as well as seeing the birth of glam rock, disco and punk.

“My 70s were all about Bowie, Bolan, dressing up and going out… I loved every second,” he says affectionately about the period that marked his musical, social and sexual coming of age.

There’s some exceptional, evocative archive footage and George is as articulate as ever whether he’s talking about attitudes towards homosexuality, TV, his musical roots or politics. While Caryn Franklin and Jon Savage are among those giving equally perceptive observations about the decade that dared to take a walk on the wild side.


The BBC's My Generation season continues as Boy George revisits his teenage years. While history may remember the 1970s as being marked by strikes, poverty and civil discord, the singer reveals that - for the young George O'Dowd - the decade was the beginning of his musical, social and sexual coming-of-age. He discusses how sexual repression and disenfranchisement, along with the advent of glam rock, disco and punk, gave rise to the flamboyant persona he would later unleash on the world, via Culture Club's memorable first appearance on Top of the Pops in 1982.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Boy George
Contributor Martin Degville
Contributor Andy Polaris
Contributor DJ Princess Julia
Contributor Marilyn
Contributor Nicola Tyson
Contributor Philip Sallon
Contributor Rusty Egan
Contributor Caryn Franklin
Contributor Jon Savage
Director Ian Denyer
Producer Ian Denyer
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