The music of the 80’s and its artists were one thing above all else: beautifully weird! An absolute figurehead of this era is Boy George of the British pop band Culture Club. With his long, often colourful hair, the striking make-up and the extravagant outfit, his look was more than eye-catching.
Boy George & Culture Club – A Statement
With his looks he made a statement and influenced the fans of an entire decade. Just like his female counterparts like Cyndie Lauper or Madonna, all the teenagers suddenly wanted to look like Boy George from Culture Club. His outfit was relaxed and very provocative and that pleased both the female and male fans of these in the 80s. Because he was well-received by both men and women, as his look is androgynous and invites both camps to imitate him. With his thin plucked eyebrows, the red lipstick and the colorful kajal his outfit was really legendary and at many parties of the eighties many doubles of Boy George ran into you.
“Do you really want to hurt me?”
With this song Boy George & Culture Club played their way into the hearts of so many fans and left a lasting impression on the music of the 80s. Also their big hit “Karma Chameleon” is unforgotten and a must for every eighties party. Boy George & Culture Club have released a total of six studio albums as well as numerous compilation albums. More than 16 hits have been released as single releases – and with great success. The British pop band won the Brit Awards in the categories “Best Selling Single” and “Best British Group” and received the Grammy for “Best New Artist” in 1984.
Foundation and career
The pop band was founded in 1981 and, after various changes of line-up, consisted of Boy George as front singer, guitarist Roy Hay, drummer Jon Moss and Mikey Craig as bassist and songwriter of the band in their well-known formation from 1982. Culture Club had their big breakthrough in 1982 with their hit “Do you really want to hurt me?“, which put them at number 1 in the British charts and a total of 23 other countries. Especially Boy George as frontman of Culture Club soon gained cult status in the international pop scene with his shrill appearances and especially the female fans broke out in hysterical screams at his sight. The hit “Karma Chameleon” brought Boy George & Culture Club to number 1 in the US charts in 1983 and went down in history as one of the most successful music hits of the 80s. In 1986 the pop band split up after some internal fights, but recorded another album three years later. After a further separation, Culture Club was reunited in 1998 without Boy George, but was dissolved a short time later due to lack of success. Without the bizarre appearance of the front man the pop band did not have the necessary success – Boy George was and is the face of the group Culture Club.
A success story continues
For this reason, the old line-up was reunited in 2014. At a concert of the US-American concert series of the Today Show, the successful pop band of the 80s played some of their big hits and brought themselves back to the international stage of pop stars. This was also the starting signal for their subsequent tour through the USA and Great Britain. Since then, the four British musicians have been busy writing new songs and recording albums. Boy George & Culture Club are also touring together again and playing their old hits as well as many new songs from their album in international concert halls.
In 1984 many artists of the 80s joined forces in the band project Band Aid at the instigation of Bob Geldof and Midge Ure of Ultravox. These numerous singers together released a single whose income was supposed to help against the famine in Africa. Band Aid was a fusion of a very impressive crowd of the most popular and greatest stars of the time. Big names like Phil Collins, Paul Young, Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran, George Michael, David Bowie and Paul McCartney were on the banquet. Of course, Boy George & Culture Club was not to be missed. The hit “Do they know it’s Christmas?” has been an absolute classic at every Christmas since then.
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