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Few fresh wave groups were as well-known as Culture Club. Through the early ’80s, the group racked up seven directly Top Ten strikes within the U.K. and six TOP singles within the U.S. making use of their light, infectious pop-soul. Though their music was radio-ready, what brought the music group stardom was Boy George, the group’s charismatic, cross-dressing business lead singer. George dressed up in flamboyant dresses and used heavy makeup, developing a disarmingly androgynous appearance that developed a feeling on early MTV. George also got a biting wit and sometimes developed reducing quips that gained Lifestyle Club heavy mass media exposure both in America and Britain. Although carefully aligned with the brand new romantics — these were both motivated by Northern spirit and style — Lifestyle Club acquired sharper pop feeling than their peers plus they therefore acquired a broader charm. However, their amount of time in the limelight was short. Not merely could they not really endure the changing styles of MTV, however the group was fraught with personal tensions, including Son George’s drug craving. By 1986, the group got broken up, abandoning many singles that rank as classics of the brand new wave period. The son of the boxing club supervisor, Boy George (b. George O’Dowd, June 14, 1961), discovered himself drawn to the glam rock and roll of T. Rex and David Bowie as an adolescent. Through the post-punk period of the past due ’70s, he became a normal at London fresh romantic clubs. Together with his cross-dressing close friends Marilyn and Martin Degville (another person in Sigue Sigue Sputnik), George became well-known across the London underground for his luxurious sense of design, and Malcolm McLaren asked him to become listed on an early edition of Bow Wow Wow. George briefly made an appearance with the music group as Lieutenant Lush before departing to create In Compliment of Lemmings with bassist Mikey Craig (b. Feb 15, 1960). Once guitarist Jon Suede became a member of the group, they transformed their name to Sex Gang Kids. Within several a few months, the music group fulfilled Jon Moss (b. Sept 11, 1957), a specialist drummer who got previously used Adam & the Ants as well as the Damned. By 1981, Son George got renamed the group Tradition Golf club and Suede have been changed by Roy Hay (b. August 12, 1961), a previous person in Russian Bouquet. Toward the finish of the entire year, they documented a couple of demos for EMI, however the label switched them down. Early in 1982, the music group landed a agreement with Virgin Information, releasing “White colored Young man” within the springtime. Neither “White colored Boy” or its follow-up, “I’m Scared of Me,” produced the graphs but the United kingdom music and style press began working content about Boy George. Within the fall, Lifestyle Membership released their discovery one, “YOU DON’T Want to Harm Me,” which rocketed to the very best of the graphs. Quickly afterward, the band’s debut, Kissing to become Clever, climbed to amount five for the U.K. graphs as well as the non-LP one “Period (Clock from the Center)” reached number 3. Early in 1983, Kissing to become Clever and “YOU DON’T Want To Harm Me” started climbing the U.S. graphs, with the solitary peaking at number 2. “Period” reached number 2 within the U.S. soon after the non-LP English solitary “Church from the Poison Brain,” attained exactly the same placement within the U.K. “I’ll Tumble 4 Ya” became a high Ten hit in the us that summertime. By enough time Lifestyle Club’s second record Colour By Amounts premiered in nov 1983, the music group was typically the most popular pop/rock and roll group in the us and Britain. “Karma Chameleon” became lots one strike on both edges from the Atlantic, as the recording reached number 1 within the U.K. and number 2 within the U.S. Throughout 1984, the group racked up strikes, with “From the Wonder” and “Miss Me Blind” achieving the Top Ten. Within the fall, the group came back using its third recording, GETTING UP With the home burning. While “The Battle Tune” reached number 2 within the U.K., the record was a disappointment in the us, stalling at platinum; its forerunner proceeded to go quadruple platinum. Carrying out a short tour in Feb, Lifestyle Club continued hiatus for 1985, with Craig, Moss, and Hay seeking extracurricular musical tasks within the interim. Through the 12 months, Boy George — who experienced previously denounced medicines in public areas — became dependent on heroin. Furthermore, his love with Moss, which experienced been rocky, started to disintegrate. Many of these complications were kept concealed, nonetheless it became obvious that something was incorrect when Lifestyle Club came back to action within the springtime of 1986. Though their return one, “Move Apart,” became popular in Apr, its accompanying record From High end to Heartache remained in the graphs for just a few a few months. Gossips of George’s heroin dependency started to circulate, and by the summertime, he announced that he was certainly dependent on the medication. In July, he was caught by the English police for ownership of cannabis. Many days afterwards, keyboardist Michael Rudetski, who performed on From High end to Heartache, was discovered dead of the heroin overdose in George’s house. Rudetski’s parents unsuccessfully attempted to press wrongful loss of life charges on Youngster George. While Boy George was fighting heroin obsession, and his following reliance on prescription narcotics, Tradition Club split up. George verified the group’s disbandment within the springtime of 1987, and he started a solo profession later that 12 months. While his single career produced many dance strikes in European countries, George didn’t property an American strike until 1992, when his cover of Dave Berry’s “The Crying Video game” was highlighted within the Academy Award-nominated film of the same name. In 1995, George released his autobiography, Consider It Such as a Man. Lifestyle Golf club reunited in 1998, issuing the two-disc collection VH1 Storytellers/Greatest Hits.

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Full Name Culture Club
Awards Grammy Award for Best New Artist, Brit Award for British Group, Brit Award for Best Selling Single
Music Songs Karma Chameleon, Do You Really Want to Hurt Me, Time, I'll Tumble 4 Ya, Miss Me Blind, Church of the Poison Mind, The War Song, It's a Miracle, Move Away, Love Is Love, I Just Wanna Be Loved, Romance Revisited, Mistake No.3, The Medal Song, White Boy, Starman, God Thank You Woman, Your Kisses Are Charity, Black Money, I'm Afraid Of Me, Don't Go Down That Street, Mystery Boy, Mistake Number 3, More Than Silence, Mister Man, Changing Every Day, Love Twist, Gusto Blusto, That's the Way, Stormkeeper, Man Shake, Melting Pot
Albums Colour by Numbers, Kissing to Be Clever, Waking Up with the House on Fire, From Luxury to Heartache, Greatest Hits, The Best of Culture Club, At Worst... The Best of Boy George and Culture Club, Greatest Moments – VH1 Storytellers Live, Culture Club, Collect – 12" Mixes Plus, Don't Mind If I Do, BBC In Concert (3rd November 1982), 20 Year Anniversary (Live At The Royal Albert Hall 2002), This Time – The First Four Years, Culture Club 2005: Singles and Remixes, All the Best, The Remix Collection, The Hits Live, The River Sessions, This Time, Essential
Nominations MTV Video Music Award for Best Visual Effects, MTV Video Music Award for Best Art Direction, Juno Award for International Album of the Year, American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group Video Artist, Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, Brit Award for British Breakthrough Act


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1 Members have included Boy George, Jon Moss, Mikey Craig, Roy Hay.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mike & Mike 2013-2016 TV Series performer - 10 episodes
Who's Doing the Dishes? 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Bad Batch 2016 music: "Karma Chameleon"
Britain's Got More Talent 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Dinner Date 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
20 Moments That Rocked Pop 2015 TV Movie documentary performer: "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?", "Karma Chameleon" - uncredited
Slash 3 2015 performer: "Karma Chameleon"
Stalker 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Tod den Hippies!! Es lebe der Punk! 2015 performer: "Do You Really Want to Hurt me"
Strictly Come Dancing 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Somewhere Over the Rainbow 2014 TV Movie documentary performer: "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" - uncredited / writer: "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" - uncredited
The Normal Heart 2014 TV Movie performer: "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me"
Pride 2014/I performer: "Karma Chameleon"
Coronation Street 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
One Hit Wonderland 2013 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Believe 2013/I performer: "It's A Miracle"
The Call 2013/II performer: "Karma Chameleon"
My Mad Fat Diary 2013 TV Series performer - 1 episode
White Heat 2012 TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode
EastEnders TV Series performer - 3 episodes, 2001 - 2011 writer - 1 episode, 2001
20 to 1 2007-2011 TV Series documentary performer - 3 episodes
The Charlie Da Clown Show 2010 Short performer: "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me"
Let Me In 2010/I performer: "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me", "Time Clock Of The Heart"
Auf Wieder-Sehen Österreich 2010 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Worried About the Boy 2010 TV Movie performer: "White Boy", "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me"
Two and a Half Men 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Nip/Tuck TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2010 writer - 1 episode, 2010
Jools's Hootenanny 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Welcome to the 80's 2009 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
American Swing 2008 Documentary performer: "Karma Chameleon"
New Tricks 2008 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Seuls Two 2008 performer: "Love is Love" / writer: "Love is Love"
The Singing Bee 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
SingStar '80s 2007 Video Game performer: "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?"
Gilmore Girls TV Series writer - 2 episodes, 2001 - 2007 performer - 1 episode, 2001
Brooklyn Rules 2007 performer: "Karma Chameleon"
Saturday Night Live 2005 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Everybody Hates Chris 2005 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Whatever Happened to the Gender Benders? 2005 TV Movie documentary performer: "Karma Chameleon"
AMV Hell 3: The Motion Picture 2005 performer: "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?"
The Last Shot 2004 performer: "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" 1982
Without a Paddle 2004 performer: "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me"
The Day After Tomorrow 2004 performer: "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me"
Cold Case 2004 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Comedy Lab 2004 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Ginger and Cinnamon 2003 performer: "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me"
In America 2002 performer: "Karma Chameleon" 1983
Hinter Gittern - Der Frauenknast 2002 TV Series performer - 1 episode
P.S. Your Cat Is Dead! 2002 performer: "Crystal Blue Persuasion"
Rock Star 2001 performer: "Karma Chameleon"
Whipped 2000 performer: "Karma Chameleon"
3rd Rock from the Sun 2000 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The National Lottery 1999 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Mission Hill 1999 TV Series performer: "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me"
Un amore 1999 performer: "Victims" / writer: "Victims"
Daria 1999 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Tuftsablanca 1999 performer: "I'll Tumble 4 Ya" / writer: "I'll Tumble 4 Ya"
Wala na bang pag-ibig? 1997 performer: "Karma Chameleon"
Romy and Michele's High School Reunion 1997 performer: "Karma Chameleon"
Billy Madison 1995 performer: "I'll Tumble 4 Ya"
Beavis and Butt-Head 1993 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Texasville 1990 performer: "Karma Chameleon"
Valentina 1989 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Casualty 1987 TV Series 1 episode
The A-Team 1986 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Sogni e bisogni 1985 TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode
Electric Dreams 1984 performer: "Love Is Love", "The Dream" / writer: "The Dream", "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me"
Culture Club: A Kiss Across the Ocean 1984 Video documentary performer: "I'll Tumble 4 Ya", "Mr. Man", "It's a Miracle", "Karma Chameleon", "Black Money", "Love Twist", "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me", "Miss Me Blind", "Church of the Poison Mind", "Victims", "Time Clock of the Heart", "White Boy" / writer: "I'll Tumble 4 Ya", "Mr. Man", "It's a Miracle", "Karma Chameleon", "Black Money", "Love Twist", "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me", "Miss Me Blind", "Church of the Poison Mind", "Victims", "Time Clock of the Heart", "White Boy"
Cool Cats: 25 Years of Rock 'n' Roll Style 1983 Video documentary performer: "Church of the Poison Mind" - uncredited / writer: "Church of the Poison Mind" - uncredited
Top of the Pops TV Series performer - 2 episodes, 1982 - 1983 writer - 1 episode, 1982
Die Grossen 10 1982 TV Series performer - 1 episode
You Can't Do That on Television 1979 TV Series writer - 1 episode

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
IHeart80s Party 2016 TV Movie Performer
Now That's What I Call Music 7 1986 Video segment "Move Away"
Culture Club: Do You Really Want to Hurt Me 1982 Video short

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Outside Bet 2012 musician

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2016 TV Series Themselves - Musical Guests
The View 2014 TV Series Themselves - Musical Guests
Strictly Come Dancing 2014 TV Series Themselves - Musical Guests
Party in the Park 1999 2002 Video documentary Themselves
Winton's Wonderland 1999 TV Series documentary Themselves
Abbamania 1999 TV Movie documentary Performers
Vivement dimanche 1999 TV Series Themselves
Later... With Jools Holland 1998 TV Series Themselves
Children in Need 1998 TV Series Themselves
Soul Train 1986 TV Series Themselves - Musical Guest
New American Bandstand 1965 1986 TV Series Themselves
No Limits 1986 TV Series Themselves
Solid Gold 1985 TV Series Themselves
Cadence 3 1983-1985 TV Series Themselves
Band Aid: Do They Know It's Christmas? 1984 Video Himself
Na sowas! 1984 TV Series Themselves
The Saturday Show 1984 TV Series Themselves
Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 1984 1983 TV Movie Themselves - Performers
Saturday Superstore 1983 TV Series Themselves
Live... And in Person 1983 TV Series Themselves
Vorsicht Musik! 1983 TV Series Themselves
The Tube 1982 TV Series Themselves
Goldene Europa 1981 TV Series documentary Singer

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Top of the Pops: The Story of 1983 2017 TV Movie documentary Themselves
20 Moments That Rocked Pop 2015 TV Movie documentary Themselves (uncredited)
Sir Jimmy Savile at the BBC: How's About That Then? 2011 TV Movie documentary Themselves - Performers
TV's Funniest Music Moments 2008 TV Movie Themselves
20 to 1 2007 TV Series documentary Themselves
Video on Trial 2006 TV Series Themselves
Young Guns Go for It 1999 TV Series documentary Themselves
Top of the Pops 2 1994 TV Series Themselves
Cool Cats: 25 Years of Rock 'n' Roll Style 1983 Video documentary Themselves
Top of the Pops 1983 TV Series Themselves
Die Grossen 10 1982 TV Series Themselves

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