Culture Club was a popular 1980s pop group, perhaps most noticeable for their gender-bending frontman Boy George. The other members of the band were Roy Hay on guitars and keyboards, Mikey Craig playing bass and Jon Moss on drums. For a while, they were one of the most successful acts in the world. However, drama in the band and drug addiction would tarnish them.
Their first album, 1982's Kissing to Be Clever, became a major international hit, spawning the hit singles "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me", "Time(Clock of the Heart)", and "I'll Tumble 4 Ya". Because of his eccentric manner of dress and androgynous look, Boy George became a worldwide celebrity.
Their second album, 1983's Colour By Numbers also did extremely well, giving the band its first number one hit with "Karma Chameleon." However, trouble was brewing within the Culture Club camp. Unknown to the public, George, who is gay, was having an affair with drummer Jon Moss. The affair was always problematic, and the pressure to hide the relationship started to take its toll.
The band also started to lose its place musically. Their next album, 1984's "Waking Up With the House on Fire", was a major disappointment. And though the band gained a small comeback with 1986's "From Luxury to Heartache" (thanks to the hit "Move Away"), both George's and Jon's fights created much tension, eventually leading to the breakup of the band. Around this time, George also became addicted to heroin, which created a frenzy with the tabloids. Eventually, George would let go of the habit and begin his solo career. While George scored several hits in Europe and finally hit the US top 20 with 1992's "The Crying Game", he was never able to reach the success he achieved with Culture Club.
In 1998, the band put their issues aside and decided to do a reunion tour. Kicked off with a performance on VH1 Storytellers, the tour was a major success. Shortly after, Culture Club recorded a new album titled "Don't Mind If I Do". Though never released in the US, the first single, "I Just Wanna Be Loved" (UK #4), was featured on a compilation based around the Storytellers performance.
The band went on to tour for a few more years. Recently, however, Culture Club has been inactive, largely due to Boy George's concentration on his successful career as a DJ.
- 1982 Kissing to Be Clever
- 1983 Colour By Numbers
- 1984 Waking Up With the House on Fire
- 1986 From Luxury to Heartache
- 1993 At Worst... The Best Of Boy George and Culture Club
- 1998 VH1 Storytellers - Greatest Moments (Live)
- 1999 Don't Mind If I Do
- 2005 Greatest Hits
Singles and Hot 100 placings
- 1982 "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?" (#2)
- 1983 "Time (Clock Of the Heart)" (#2)
- 1983 "I'll Tumble 4 Ya" (#9)
- 1983 "Church Of the Poison Mind" (#10)
- 1984 "Karma Chameleon" (#1)
- 1984 "Miss Me Blind" (#5)
- 1984 "It's A Miracle" (#13)
- 1984 "The War Song" (#17)
- 1984 "Mistake No. 3" (#33)
- 1986 "Move Away" (#12)
- David, Maria (1984). Boy George and Culture Club. Southampton: Crescent. ISBN 0517454742
- De Graaf, Kasper and Garrett, Malcolm (1983). Culture Club: When Cameras Go Crazy. London & New York: St. Martin's Press. ISBN 0312178794
- Rimmer, David (1986). Like Punk Never Happened: Culture Club and the New Pop. London: Faber & Faber. ISBN 0571137393
- Robins, Wayne (1984). Culture Club. New York: Ballantine Books. ISBN 0345322169
- Official Culture Club website
- Culture Club on Yahoo!
- Rock on the Net:Culture Club
- MTV.com Culture Club
- VH1.com Culture Club