Before the UK band Culture Club formed in 1981, Cross
Dresser Boy George sang from time to time for a band called Bow Wow Wow
and called himself Lieutenant Lush. After forming his own band,
and turning down band names like Praise of Lemmings and Sex Gang
Children, they settled on Culture Club based on the eclectic diversity
of band members.
Culture Club's first release,
Kissing to Be Clever (1982),
became quit the hit for the band, featuring one of their greatest hits,
the song "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me", which charted at no. 1 in the
UK and no. 2 in the USA. Other hit songs from this release were
"Time (Clock of the Heart" and "I'll Tumble 4 Ya". This band the
Culture Club the first band since the Beatles to have three top 10 hits
from a debut release.
In 1983, Culture Club continued their success with the
Colour By Numbers,
which featured the hit songs "Church of the Poison Mind", "Miss Me
Blind", "It's a Miracle", "Victims", and of course "Karma Chameleon"
(this song charted at No. 1 in both the UK and the USA). Although
the band's 1984 release,
Waking Up with the House of Fire, was not nearly as successful
as its predecessors, it did feature the hit song "The War Song".
By the time Culture Club released
Luxury to Heartache in 1986, Boy George's drug abuse had taken
its toll. The album did feature one hit song ("Move Away").
The band subsequently broke up and Boy George went solo.
Over the years, Culture Club has reunited for various
reunion tours, and their last studio release was Don't Mind If I Do
in 1999. At the time of this writing, the Culture Club Discography
was as follows:1982: Kissing to Be Clever
1983: Colour by Numbers
1984: Waking Up with the House on Fire
1986: From Luxury to Heartache
1987: This Time - The First Four Years
1989: The Best of Culture Club
1991: 12" Mixes Plus
1993: At Worst...The Best of Boy George and Culture Club
1998: Greatest Moments
1999: Don't Mind If I Do
2002: Culture Club Box Set
2005: Greatest Hits
2005: Singles and Remixes