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
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."
Classic Albums: Rio
Runtime: 52 minThis latest addition to the acclaimed Classic Albums series takes us to the early eighties and the release of Duran Duran's second album "Rio". Released against a backdrop of riots, record unemployment, and the Falklands War, this optimistic and celebratory album would generate a string of hit singles and groundbreaking videos and catapult Duran Duran to global stardom. This documentary tells the story behind the writing, recording, and subsequent success of the album through newly filmed interviews, musical demonstrations, and both new and archive performances.
Live at Soundstage
Runtime: 55 minCyndi Lauper, the punky New York princess who just wanted to have fun in the 80's, has matured into a woman who can add an organic honesty to classic standards, as featured on this Soundstage and in her most recent album At Last. From Edith Piaf's "La Vie En Rose" and "Hymn to Love," to the playful "Makin' Whoopee," to somber serenades like "Unchained Melody," "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" and "Walk on By," Lauper elevates her adoring audience with a revealing candor, an impressive range and a pensive sense for interpretation.
But her performance is also a celebration with Lauper's innate sparkle shining through the fun flashbacks "Time After Time," "True Colors," "Money Changes Everything," "Shine" and, of course, "Girls Just Want To Have Fun." With the audience dancing on chairs, and the artist running up the aisles and delivering anecdotal asides, Grammy-winning Lauper reveals that she's a true performer - at ease with her identity as a modern pop powerhouse, but prepared to revel in her most recent reincarnation.