Culture Club

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Culture Club are an English band that were formed in 1981. The band comprised Boy George (lead vocals), Roy Hay (guitar and keyboards), Mikey Craig (bass guitar) and Jon Moss (drums and percussion). Their second album, Colour by Numbers, sold more than 10 million copies worldwide. It has been certified triple platinum in the UK and quadruple platinum in the US. It was ranked No. 96 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 Best Albums of the 1980s and is also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

The band had several international hits with songs such as "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me", "Time (Clock of the Heart)", "I'll Tumble 4 Ya", "Church of the Poison Mind", "Karma Chameleon", "Miss Me Blind", "Victims", "It's a Miracle", "The War Song", "Move Away", and "I Just Wanna Be Loved". Boy George's androgynous style of dressing caught the attention of the public and the media. The group, supporters of the synth pop genre, made numerous forays into reggae and showed a strong propensity for the subgenre of ballads. They are considered one of the most representative and influential groups of the eighties.

They have sold more than 50 million records. Ten of their singles reached the US Top 40, where they are associated with the Second British Invasion of British new wave groups that became popular in the United States due to the cable music channel MTV. Culture Club's music combines British new wave and American soul with Jamaican reggae and also other styles such as calypso, salsa or country.

In 1984, Culture Club won the Brit Award for Best British Group, the Grammy Award for Best New Artist, and Best British Single ("Karma Chameleon"). They were nominated the same year for the Grammy Award for Pop Vocal by Group or Duo but the English rock band The Police won the award. The band were also nominated for a Canadian Juno Award for International Album of the Year. In January 1985, Culture Club were nominated for an American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group Video Artist, and in September 1985, they were nominated for two MTV Video Music Awards for Best Special Effects and Best Art Direction for their video "It's a Miracle".

In 1987, they received another nomination for an American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group Video Artist In the UK they amassed twelve Top 40 hit singles between 1982–1999, including the number ones "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me" and "Karma Chameleon", the latter being the biggest selling single of 1983, and topped the US Billboard Hot 100 in 1984. "Time (Clock of the Heart)" has been included on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's list of 500 songs that shaped rock and roll.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1982 Kissing to Be Clever 11
1983 Colour by Numbers 9
1984 Waking Up With the House on Fire 7
1986 From Luxury to Heartache 3
1999 Don't Mind If I Do 1
2012 So80s Presents Culture Club - Curated by Blank & Jones 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1987 This Time: The First Four Years 2
1989 Best of Culture Club 4
1989 The Best of Culture Club 4
1992 Spin Dazzle: The Best of Boy George and Culture Club 1
1997 The 12" Collection Plus 1
1998 Greatest Moments 1
2002 Culture Club (box set) 1
2005 Culture Club 2005: Singles and Remixes 1
2011 Essential 1
2012 The Hits Collection 1
Best of the 80s 1
Greatest Hits 1
Greatest Moments 1
Singles & Remixes 1
The Ultra Selection 1
Very Best of Culture Club & Boy George 1

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2007 Greatest Hits, Volume Two 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1998 Greatest Moments 1
VH1 Storytellers: Greatest Moments 1

Album + Remix

Year Title RatingReleases
1991 Collect: 12" Mixes Plus 3


Year Title RatingReleases
1982 White Boy 1
1982 I'm Afraid of Me 1
1982 Do You Really Want to Hurt Me 5
1982 I'll Tumble 4 Ya 2
1982 Time (Clock of the Heart) 3
1983 Karma Chameleon 4
1983 Church of the Poison Mind 3
1983 Miss Me Blind 2
1983 Victims 2
1984 It's a Miracle/Miss Me Blind 2
1984 The Medal Song: Extended 1
1984 The War Song 4
1986 Move Away 4
1986 God Thank You Woman 2
1986 Gusto Blusto 2
1999 Your Kisses Are Charity 2
1999 Cold Shoulder / Starman 2
I Just Wanna Be Loved 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1983 Karma-Chamaleon 3 1
1983 Time 1
1984 Love Is Love 1


Year Title RatingReleases
2014 Gold 1

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