Boy George's foppish fashion sense may have won Culture Club their exposure, but his soulful tenor was the real deal. Culture Club were linked with early '80s synth pop, but a quick re-listen to such hits as "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" demonstrate that at their core they were an ultraslick, Philly soul-fueled Pop band. Culture Club lost their footing when they tried to move away from soul into straight dance. Boy George's personal demons tore up the band and his solo career has been a spotty affair, careening from modern disco to proto-punk to folk pop. On the surface, the tart-tongued Boy may be the life of the party, but underneath lies a fine-tuned soul man.
Culture Club Concert Films
Live at the Royal Albert Hall (20th Anniversary Concert)
Runtime: 1 hr 35 minLive at the Royal Albert Hall finds Culture Club celebrating its 20th anniversary with an infectious and expansive grandeur, all while basking in the love of adoring fans. The show actually starts with a great joke on the audience: Boy George, looking not a day over 20, glides onstage in his once-trademark derby and beaded hair extensions, delivering a warm and welcome vocal on "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?" The startled crowd soon realizes he's an impersonator. The real, fortysomething George O'Dowd, looking a lot less androgynous and a tad thicker than in New Romantics days, smiles self-deprecatingly and launches into a pleasing set of white soul ("Cold Shoulder," "Miss Me Blind"), stark gospel ("That's the Way"), stirring raga-rock ("Bow Down Mister"), and even a classic (a lovely cover of Bowie's "Starman," complete with audience participation and muscular guitar by Roy Hay).
Live In Sydney
Runtime: 1 hr 13 minCulture Club were one of the most successful British acts of the eighties and this concert from Australia captures them at the height of their fame in 1984, at which point their album Colour By Numbers had reached the No.1 spot in over fifty countries and racked up sales in the millions. Performing hit after hit in front of a wildly enthusiastic audience, this program perfectly captures the sheer spectacle and excitement of Culture Club live.
Culture Club Top Tracks
Live from London
The Blow Monkeys
Runtime: 58 minFronted by the enigmatic Dr. Robert the band was an immediate sensation and were captured live on the stage at the Camden Palace in 1985 as part of the ‘Live From London’ series.
Kings of Wishful Thinking - Live
Runtime: 1 hr 31 minThe kings of 80s pop return with this long awaited film release. A career revival was sparked in 2003 by Peter Cox's popular appearance on the hit British TV show REBORN IN THE USA. In the winter of 2003, GO WEST performed a sell-out gig recorded especially for this release, boasting a brand new song plus 10 of their greatest hits. Over 2 hours of live footage, interviews, outtakes and a history of GO WEST. Includes "Call Me" and "The King of Wishful Thinking."
Runtime: 59 minBerlin Live presents some of the world’s most talented musicians, as they perform in front of an intimate audience at an exotic club in Berlin. Featuring concerts from contemporary to classic, each show offers a diverse mix of music to audiences all over the world. Featuring : Rick Astley.
Live at Knebworth 1990 - Volume I
Tears For Fears
Runtime: 1 hr 6 minKnebworth, Hertfordshire, June 30, 1990. 120,000 fansgathered for an historic concert event to aid the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Centre and the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology. This incredible benefit concert was an instant success due to the high-energy, awe-inspiring performances of such rock 'n' roll legends as Paul McCartney, Phil Collins, Pink Floyd, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Mark Knopfler, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Status Quo, Tears For Fears and Cliff Richard & The Shadows.
Front and Center Presents Cyndi Lauper
Runtime: 55 minThe release of She’s So Unusual in 1984, catapulted Cyndi Lauper to the top of the charts and established her as a household name. She became the first woman to record four Top 10 singles on a debut album; “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” “Time After Time,” “All Through the Night” and “She-Bop.” With her iconic four-octave voice, Cyndi celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the Grammy-winning smash debut album with Front and Center. Recorded from New York City’s Highline Ballroom, the performance marks the first time Lauper has ever performed the album from start to finish.
Arena: The Movie
Runtime: 59 minIn this concert/motion picture starring the New Romantic Pop stars, Doctor Duran (actor Milo O'Shea) the evil character in the cult film 'Barbarella' returns to earth, crash landing his time machine directly underneath a giant stadium in Oakland, California. He is bent upon doing battle with the five imposters above him (the band) who have stolen his name. The evil doctor sends out his henchmen to destroy them as they perform to a packed stadium. Duran Duran continues to perform throughout, as much chaos ensues around them. Duran Duran are captured at their musical best in Arena by award winning director, Russell Mulcahy, who was to hone his skills working on music promos through the 80's. Also includes the Making Of Arena documentary which opens the lid on the creative processes involved with making Arena.