Peak UK Chart Position: #27 in March 1991.
Post-Culture Club, and after scoring a solo number one with “Everything I Own”, Boy George formed Jesus Loves You, whose debut single “After The Love” – released late 1989 – was written with ex-Culture Club bandmate Jon Moss. It missed the top forty, as did follow-ups “Generations Of Love” and “One On One”. “Bow Down Mister” was based on George’s experiences with the Hare Krishna movement, and despite (perhaps surprisingly) only managing a number 27 peak in the UK, it got to number two in Austria and number six in Germany. Subsequently, “Generations Of Love” was reissued and crept into the top forty.
“The Martyr Mantras” was the only album released by the group; a second – entitled “Popularity Breeds Contempt” – was scheduled for late 1992 but was vetoed by Virgin Records due to the disappointing chart position of lead single “Sweet Toxic Love”. They disbanded shortly after.
“Bow Down Mister” peaked on this day in 1991, climbing five places to 27, and here’s a reminder how uplifting the track was, courtesy of this live performance from French television show Taratata in 1995.