The success of "The Crying Game" marked a comeback for Boy George, especially in the U.S., where his solo career had never taken hold beyond the dance clubs, and SBK (distributor of his label, Virgin) took advantage of his resurgence by compiling this 75-minute, 19-track album, which combines his former group Culture Club's biggest hits with selections from his solo work. The ten Culture Club tracks are of a piece, from 1982's "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" (which here leads off with an ominous voice intoning, "Popularity breeds contempt") to "Love Is Love," which wasn't a hit but is a better choice than the missing "War Song," which was. The solo tracks are a more mixed batch, and not only because Top 40 U.K. hits like "Keep Me in Mind," "Sold," and "To Be Reborn" are missing. They often rely on loud percussion tracks that strand Boy George's tender tenor somewhere in the distance. He remains most effective on rhythmic ballads, whether "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me," "Everything I Own" (his chart-topping first U.K. solo hit), or "The Crying Game".
Few new wave groups were as popular as Culture Club. During the early '80s, the group racked up seven straight Top Ten hits in the U.K. and six Top Ten singles in the U.S. with their light, infectious pop-soul. Though their music was radio-ready, what brought the band stardom was Boy George, the group's charismatic, cross-dressing lead singer. George dressed in flamboyant dresses and wore heavy makeup, creating a disarmingly androgynous appearance that created a sensation on early MTV.
Culture Club are an English New Wave band that was part of the 1980s New Romantic movement. The original band comprised Boy George (lead vocals), Mikey Craig (bass guitar), Roy Hay (guitar and keyboards) and Jon Moss (drums and percussion). Their second album, Colour by Numbers, has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide, and they had several international hits with songs such as "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me", "Time (Clock of the Heart)", "Church of the Poison Mind" and "Karma Chameleon". Boy George's androgynous style of dressing caught the attention of the public and the media…
Collection includes: 5 studio albums by Culture Club, 6 studio albums by Boy George and also one general compilation.
Kissing to Be Clever is the debut album by New Wave band Culture Club, released in 1982. Culture Club was the first band since The Beatles to have three top ten hits in America from a debut album. The album has sold approximately 2.5 million copies worldwide, which includes about 1.5 million of those in the USA, where it was certified platinum by the RIAA.
There have been a number of Boy George/Culture Club greatest hits collections, but none of them manages to offer a truly complete picture of the band that produced so many likable, hummable songs. In no particular order, "Storytellers/Greatest Moments" rounds up the usual suspects ("Do You Really Want to Hurt Me," "Karma Chameleon"), throws in a few surprises ("That's the Way," "Love is Love") and adds a few unreleased tracks ("Strange Voodoo," "I Just Want to Be Loved").