One of the most colorful personalities of the 80s decade, music executives were attracted towards Boy George just by the way he dressed and it was never about his voice.
While most superstars of the music industry had to wait for years for an audience with an elite music executive, Boy George must be the only musician who was approached by a top notch music executive, offered and signed to a record label, purely because of the way he dressed.
It all happened in the world famous London nightclub Blitz, where Boy George was a regular and the music executive was Malcolm McLaren, manager of Sex Pistols.
Even though he broke away from the first band that Malcolm McLaren associated him with, Boy George was shrewd enough to learn the tricks of the trade and formed his very own band made of different ethnicities.
They called themselves Culture Club since the drummer Moss was a Jew, guitarist Hay a red blooded English man,Boy George a cross dresser from Dublin and bassist Craig an afro Briton.
Most of the romantic numbers that Boy George sang were directed towards his drummer Moss, with whom he had a secret romantic relationship."Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" was one such song which sold more than 900,000 copies in the U.S, reached the no.1 spot in U.K and stayed there through out October 1982 but never reached the top spot in the U.S, thanks to the Michael Jackson mania which was sweeping the U.S.
Michael had a strangle hold on the Billboard charts in 1983 with hits like "Billie Jean" and "Thriller".Just like Michael, Boy George had a huge secret to hide, never confessing the fact that he was gay, not until late 90s.
Their 1982 album Kissing to Be Clever had many other hits including "I'll Tumble 4 Ya" and "Time" with both reaching the top 10 in the U.S and U.K. Culture Club's fortune changed after the release of Kissing to Be Clever,from begging record labels to sign them up, to raking millions in just a span of few months.
Time was truly on their side when things got better with the release of their second album Colour By Numbers in 1983.Hits like "Karma Chameleon","It's A Miracle","Church Of The Poison Mind" and "Miss Me Blind" rocked the U.S and U.K charts,selling more than 16 million albums, making it their best selling album ever.
Inspite of this phenomenal success they still were not able to reach the no.1 spot in the Billboard Hot 100 U.S charts, since king of pop Michael Jackson had put a spell on the American public with his 1983 album Thriller.
Track Listings -
1. Do You Really Want to Hurt Me
2. Time (Clock Of The Heart)
3. I'll Tumble 4 Ya
4. White Boy
5. Church Of The Poison Mind
6. Karma Chameleon
7. Miss Me Blind
8. It's A Miracle
10. Black Money
11. The War Song
12. Mistake Number
13. Love Is Love
14. Move Away
15. I Just Wanna Be Loved
16. Cold Shoulder
17. Your Kisses Are Charity