Former Culture Club singer, solo artist and icon Boy George turns 52 today. So what better way to mark the occasion than take a look some of the best moments from his long and successful career?
Boy George and his band had a string a major hits in America and around the world with “Do You Really Wanna Hurt Me,” “Time (Clock of the Heart),” “I’ll Tumble 4 U,” “Church of the Poison Mind” and of course “Karma Chameleon,” among others. “Miss Me Blind” was the follow-up to their #1 “Karma Chameleon” in the US and hit #5 on the Billboard Singles Charts in 1984.
This soulful ballad was a substantial hit in the UK but was never released as a single in America. One of his finest vocal performances. From Culture Club’s mega-successful 1983 album “Colour By Numbers”
After the relative failure of the final Culture Club album “From Luxury to Heartache” and struggling with drug addiction, Boy George embarked on a solo career. He never really managed to take off as a solo artist on the same level he did with Culture Club, but he did manage to score a handful of hits, including this take on the classic 70s tune by Bread. From his first solo album, “Sold,” released in 1987, this was a #1 single in the UK.
George collaborated with the Pet Shop Boys for this cover of a 60s song by Dave Berry used in the movie of the same name. Their collaboration ended up being magical – they produced a gorgeous single and provided Boy George his biggest American hit as a solo artist, hitting #11 in 1992.
George hit his creative peak as a solo artist on 1995’s “Cheapness and Beauty” album, which featured the beautiful and heartbreaking “Il Adore.” A song that deserves a wider audience, and one of the finest moments of his career.
Producer Mark Ronson featured Boy George on the superb “Somebody to Love Me” on his 2010 album “Record Collection,” and it featured a fantastic video that looks back at a younger Boy George through a very different lens. Brilliant.