Peak UK Chart Position: #3 in December 1982.

Here’s a song that has been included on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s list of 500 songs that shaped rock and roll. It was their second chart hit, following on from “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me” which had only been number one three weeks previous. Indeed, the group had a sensational start to their career, as – despite their first two releases failing to chart – they then scored seven top four singles in the space of just two years.

Following a brief guest spot as Lieutenant Lush with the group Bow Wow Wow, Boy George formed Culture Club with bassist Mikey Craig, drummer Jon Moss, and guitarist Roy Hay. Their biggest hit single was “Karma Chameleon”, a number one both sides of the Atlantic; in the UK it was the biggest seller of 1983, and has shifted over 1.5 million copies to date (currently placing it at number 38 on the all-time best sellers list). It won them a BRIT Award for Best British Single in 1984, alongside a win in the category for Best British Group, and a Grammy Award for Best New Artist.

They are – sort of – mid tour at the moment, although only hours ago a cancellation of the New Zealand leg was announced without a specific reason being given. The tour culmination is scheduled to be at the SSE Arena, Wembley, on Wednesday 14th December. Today’s video showcases a live performance of theirs from – well – I’m not too sure, as the VEVO-credited account and upload actually seems to provide the incorrect video details. Nevertheless, it is an excellent performance, demonstrating what a fantastic voice Boy George possesses.

 

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