Realising they had a cross-dressing Irish singer (George), a black-Briton (Craig), a Jewish drummer (Moss) and an ethnic Englishman (Hay), they settled on the name Culture Club, referring to the various ethnic backgrounds of the members. 1 in a dozen countries around the world, plus top ten in several more countries (US No. This was followed by the Top 5 hit "Time" in the US and UK, and "I'll Tumble 4 Ya" which reached US No. 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.
The band recorded demos that were paid for by EMI Records but the label declined to sign them. Their next album, Colour By Numbers was an enormous success, topping the UK charts and hit No. The single "Church of the Poison Mind" became a Top 10 hit, and "Karma Chameleon" became an international hit, peaking at No. It was the best-selling single of the year in the United Kingdom, where it spent six weeks at No. "Victims" and "It's a Miracle" were further Top 5 UK hits, while "Miss Me Blind" reached the Top 5 in the US. Although the first single, "The War Song", was a No.2 hit in the UK, further singles performed below expectations.
Virgin Records expressed interest in signing the group in the UK for European releases, while Epic Records handled the US and North American distribution. 1 in sixteen countries, and the top ten in additional countries. The band's third album Waking Up with the House on Fire (UK No. George then provided a lead vocal role on the Band Aid international hit single "Do They Know It's Christmas".
They recorded their debut album Kissing to Be Clever (UK No. The single featured mostly British and Irish musical acts, and proceeds from the song were donated to feed famine victims in Africa during the 1984–1985 famine in Ethiopia.
Boy George's androgynous style of dressing caught the attention of music entrepreneur Malcolm Mc Laren (previously the manager of the Sex Pistols), who arranged for George to perform with the group Bow Wow Wow.
Going by the stage name Lieutenant Lush, his tenure with Bow Wow Wow proved problematic with lead singer Annabella Lwin.
Later that year, the band hit the UK charts at No.4 with "I Just Wanna Be Loved" and later a top 25 hit with "Your Kisses are Charity".
Rudetsky's parents filed a wrongful death suit in Britain against George, seeking financial damages for their son's death.
With George's drug addiction, the underwhelming performance of their last two albums, a soured romance between band members shrouded in secrecy, and a wrongful death lawsuit looming, the group ultimately disbanded.
George won the court case against the Rudetskys and was not required to pay any monetary damages.
As of 2012 In July 1998, a reunited Culture Club performed three dates in Monte Carlo and then joined the Human League and Howard Jones in a "Big Rewind" tour of the US.
The following month, the band appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman and made an appearance in Britain, their first in 14 years.