“Do You Really Want To Hurt Me,” “I’ll Tumble 4 Ya,” “Time (Clock Of The Heart)” – back in the ’80s, you couldn’t turn on the radio without hearing one of Culture Club’s three top ten hits off their debut album playing at any given time. Now for the first time in 14 years, the original group is back together for a brand new album and upcoming tour that’s making a stop in Los Angeles this November.
Of course at the center of Culture Club is the unforgettable lead singer Boy George, who called in Thursday for a short chat with K-EARTH 101’s Jim Carson. News of the band’s reunion broke Wednesday, and not only are children of the ’80s excited for this long-overdue reunion, but the band themselves are too.
George talked about the making of the group’s first new album since 1999’s Don’t Mind If I Do, tentatively titled Strive, which has been long in the works.
“Very exciting. We’ve been working on this for a couple of years, it’s been a slight process,” noted George. A process that we’re sure is well worth the wait, especially with the kind of success they’ve already achieved.
When Culture Club first took the U.S. by storm with 1982’s Kissing To Be Clever, not only were they welcomed with open arms, but they became the first British band since the Beatles to have three top ten hits off their debut album chart on the Billboard Hot 100.
“Back then, we were one of the first British bands to achieve that, that was an amazing thing,” he said. “When we first came to America we were embrace and it was amazing and a surprise. We really didn’t know what to expect.”
Beloved ’80s anthems like “I’ll Tumble 4 Ya” “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me” and “Karma Chameleon” dominated radio play back in those days, and those classic gems will be performed live once again with all four original members.
“There wouldn’t any point in doing it if it wasn’t everybody,” George noted of the reunion. “I think when bands try to come together and they got like a different singer or a different drummer, it’s never quite the same. There’s a kind of magic about those four people that created the band.”
And those four of course include Mikey Craig (bass), Roy Hay (guitar/keyboards), Jon Moss (drums) and George bringing all those favorites back to life on stage. The North American Tour kicks off at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage, CA and hits five other cities, including L.A. before taking off to the U.K.
Catch them on stage November 19th at the Shrine Auditorium. Tickets go on sale this Friday, Aug. 15 on goldenvoice.com.
Listen to Jim Carson’s complete interview with Boy George in the clip below!