Boy George

June 14th Celebrates Boy George

Today is George Alan O’Dowd’s birthday, also known as Boy George. Born June 14th 1961, Boy George became a British singer and songwriter, who is the lead singer of the band called, “Culture Club,” which was part of the English New Romantic movement that emerged in the late 1970’s to the early 80’s.

In the 1992 movie called, “The Crying Game.” Starring Forrest Whitaker, the movie emphasis is a crime drama romance genre towards a British soldier is kidnapped by IRA terrorists he befriends one of his captors who is drawn into the soldier’s world.

Perhaps you heard of the movie or not, but today’s YouTube video clip shared to by user name (John Villena Cornejo) is the song called, “The Crying Game,” sung by Boy George.

Boy George known for his extravagant wardrobe was best known for his band called, “Culture Club.”

Boy George occasionally sang with the group Bow Wow Wow under the stage name Lieutenant Lush. After his tenure with the group ended, George decided to start his own band and enlisted bassist Mikey Craig, drummer Jon Moss, and finally guitarist Roy Hay and called his new band culture club.

How did the name culture club evolve?

Realizing they had an Irish transvestite as the lead singer, a black Briton on bass, an Anglo-Saxon on guitar and keyboards, and a Jewish drummer, they eventually decided to call themselves Culture Club, sounds to me as though it should been called Culture Clash.

The band released two singles in May and June 1982, “White Boy” and “I’m Afraid of Me”, though both failed to chart.

In August the single “Mystery Boy” was released in Japan. In September of that year, the group released their third single, “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me”, a reggae-influenced number, which became one of their biggest hits. The song went to No. 1 in the UK in late 1982 and became an international smash hit!

By the end of 1986, by this time, Boy George had become so successful that he became seriously addicted to cocaine, which then evolved into a heroin addiction. As a result, the band continued to lose their popularity and eventually broke up, ending their relationship in 1987.

Once a heroin addict, when the band members broke up, Boy George has credited his practice of Nichiren Buddhism and chanting Nam Myoho Renge Kyo for his newfound spiritual strength to remain clean and sober since 2012.

In 2014, the band reformed and announced a tour and a new album. A new picture of the four members was also posted on the band’s official website, along with the list of the 11 UK concert dates.

In mid-November 2014, two days before the start of their 21-date US and UK tour, Culture Club announced they had to cancel the tour due to George suffering from a serious throat condition. The cancelled tour would have represented the full original line-up’s first tour in 12 years.

Author Selma K. Richardson said that Culture Club’s music is soft rock that contains, “enough soul and new wave elements to cover almost all audiences.”

In lieu of today’s story if you were admire of the band called Culture Club, (click here), and check out their upcoming tour dates for 2015.

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell

J.D Mitchell Design Studio

jdmitchelldesigns@gmail.com

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