Boy George is an English singer and songwriter and was the lead vocalist for Culture Club. He helped give androgyny an international stage during the 1980s. He also founded and was lead singer of Jesus Loves You during the period 1989–1992. Being involved in many activities including songwriting, DJing, writing books, designing clothes and photography, he has released fewer music recordings in the last decade.
Boy George's androgynous style of dressing caught the attention of music executive Malcolm McLaren who arranged for George to perform with the group Bow Wow Wow, featuring Annabella Lwin. Boy George's tenure with Bow Wow Wow proved quite popular, much to the dismay of Lwin, the group's actual lead singer. His association ended soon afterwards and he started his own group Culture Club, referring to the various ethnic backgrounds of the members. George provided a lead vocal role on the Band Aid international hit single "Do They Know It's Christmas?".
With George's drug addiction, the underwhelming performance of their latest album, a soured romance between band members shrouded in secrecy, and a wrongful death lawsuit, the group ultimately disbanded.
In 1987, Boy George released his first solo album, Sold, and enjoyed its success in Europe. It spawned the UK singles "Everything I Own", "Keep Me In Mind", "To Be Reborn", and the title song, "Sold". The singles were hits in various other European countries as well. The album's success, however, was not duplicated in the US. Tense Nervous Headache and Boyfriend would be his next two internationally released albums and a North American-only release called High Hat.
In 1989, George formed his own record label, More Protein, and began recording under the name Jesus Loves You and he released several underground hits. In 1992, George had a major US and UK hit with the song "The Crying Game", from the movie soundtrack of the same name. The movie became a surprise hit and the single reached the #11 in the US.
George enjoyed a second career as a notable music DJ in the 1990s. In 1993, George was featured on the P.M. Dawn single "More Than Likely" which became a moderate US and UK hit. He released the rock-driven album Cheapness and Beauty in 1995, but the album was not successful, although the single "Same Thing in Reverse" became a minor US hit.
Boy George remained a figure in the public eye, starring in the London musical Taboo, based on his life. Boy George was nominated for a Tony Award for the "Best Musical Score" and Taboo was a great success in London's West End. In 2002, Boy George released U Can Never B2 Straight, an "unplugged" collection of rare and lesser known acoustic works. It contained unreleased tracks from previous years as well as some ballads from Cheapness And Beauty and the Culture Club album Don't Mind if I Do. From 2002 to 2004, under the pseudonym "the Twin", Boy George experimented in electronica, releasing limited edition 7" singles and promo records.