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BOY GEORGE


Boy GeorgeBoy George's androgynous style of dressing caught the attention of music executive Malcolm McLaren (previously the inspiration behind the Sex Pistols), who arranged for O'Dowd to perform with the group Bow Wow Wow, featuring Annabella Lwin. Boy George's association with Bow Wow Wow ended soon afterwards, and he started his own group with bassist Mikey Craig. The group was to be called 'In Praise of Lemmings', but the name was later abandoned. Jon Moss (who had been the drummer with The Damned, Adam and the Ants and London) then joined the group. The final member to join the band was Roy Hay. The group abandoned another name, Sex Gang Children, and settled on the name Culture Club, referring to the ethnic background of the members; a transvestite English singer (George), a Jamaican-Briton (Craig), the Jewish drummer (Moss), and an Anglo-Saxon Englishman (Hay).

The band signed with Virgin Records in the UK, and with Epic Records in the US and released its debut album Kissing to Be Clever (UK#5, US#14) in 1982. The single "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?", reached #1 in a dozen countries around the world, and #2 in the United States. This was followed by the Top 10 hit "Time (Clock of the Heart)" in the US and UK, and I"ll Tumble 4 Ya" which reached US #9. This gave Culture Club the distinction of being the first group since the Beatles to have three Top 10 hits in the US from a debut album.

Their next album, Colour By Numbers was an enormous success, topping the UK charts and hit #2 in the US. The single "Church of the Poison Mind" (featuring Helen Terry) became a Top 10 hit, and "Karma Chameleon" became a #1 single in sixteen countries, including the US, where it stayed at #1 for three weeks. It was the best-selling single of the year in the UK, spending six weeks at #1. "Miss Me Blind" and "It's a Miracle" were Top 5 and Top 20 hits respectively, and "Victims" was another UK hit.

George co-wrote the group's contributions to the movie soundtrack Electric Dreams, the songs "The Dream" and "Love is Love", were written solely by George and Roy Hay. Moreover, the P. P. Arnold song "Electric Dreams" was credited only to George and Phil Pickett. The band's third album Waking Up with the House on Fire (UK#2, US#26) featured the hit single "The War Song", but sales of the album were not as strong as the first two. George also had a lead vocal role on the Band Aid international hit single "Do They Know It's Christmas". Proceeds from the single were donated to feed famine victims in Africa. In 1986, George guest-starred on an episode of the television action-drama The A-Team, in which he played himself. The episode was entitled "Cowboy George".

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