My God is bigger than your god….
Boy George is universally recognised as one of the music’s most iconic artists.
He first gained attention in the New Romantics clubs of London in the early 1980s.
George was invited to join a new band being set up by guitarist, Mikey Craig & drummer Jon Moss – and Culture Club was born.
Their debut album ‘Kissing to Be Clever’ was released in 1982.
The single “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?”, became an international hit, reaching No. 1 in a dozen countries.
If it’s love……
In 1983 they released their second album, ‘Colour By Numbers’, to an even greater reception.
Culture Club was on top of the world and attention focused on George’s androgynous look and his ambiguous sexuality.
You come and go. You come and go-oooo…
In 1985 Boy George headlined on the charity single, ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’, but the band didn’t take part. Behind the scenes, relationships were beginning to break down.
During the production of their third & fourth albums, George’s drug addiction began hitting the headlines and the end of his relationship with Jon Moss sent him over the edge. He was arrested for possession for the first but not the last time, in 1986.
The AIDS era was also taking it’s toll, with George losing many of closest friends, including fashion icon & club promoter, Leigh Bowery who became the inspiration for George’s hit musical ‘Taboo’.
In 1986, Culture Club called it a day and George went into rehab.
In his quest for recovery, he discovered Buddhism and his later music reflected this.
Hari, hari, hari…
Over the next few years, he released a number of solo albums and recorded a few movie soundtracks – hitting it big with the theme from ‘The Crying Game’.
..about the Crying Game…
To date, George has sold over 100 million singles and in excess of 50 million albums as a performer and songwriter.
His well-documented weight issues led him to adopt a macrobiotic diet and he co-authored the Karma Cookbook in 2001.
George also authored two bestselling autobiographies and co-produced and starred in his award-winning musical ‘Taboo’ in New York and London.
In 2013 he released his first studio album in 18 years, titled ‘This Is What I Do’
George also runs his own fashion label, B-Rude and DJs at post runway fashion shows for Versace, Phillip Treacy and Hugo Boss.
In 2016 George and Culture Club began touring together again.
“The more you tour, the better you get. When we hit Wembley we were on fire.
In November 2017, George recorded a cover version of the Village People classic ‘YMCA’ in support of Australian marriage equality and LGBT youth.
Young man, there’s a place you can go, I said, young man, when you’re short on your dough, you can stay there…..
Boy George also reunited with Culture Club for a world tour and signed his first new recording deal in almost 30 years – showing there’s still more life yet, in the boy from South London.
Do you really want to hurt me? Do you really want to make me cry?
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