"We are getting back together!" he exclaimed, when told that producer Mark Ronson -- who recently helmed Duran Duran's latest disc -- was requesting a Culture Club reunion. "Next year. This year I'm doing the Here and Now tour. It's kind of a precursor for what I'm doing with Culture Club in 2010. We'll be doing a proper, huge worldwide tour. And a new album."
A Culture Club reunion in 2012 would celebrate the slightly less-milestone-like 31st anniversary of the band's formation. The band came together in 1981, after Boy George stopped sitting in with Bow Wow Wow and started up his own project. From 1982 to 1984 they logged their greatest international acclaim thanks to hits like "Karma Chameleon," "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me," and "Church of the Poison Mind" (relive them below), and by '86 the band had split following George's struggle with drug addiction and a few sales duds. Their first unsuccessful reunion attempt came in 1989, and in 1998 they managed to pull off a tour that was anchored by a set on "VH1 Storytellers." In 2002 they performed at what was billed as a 20th anniversary show at Royal Albert Hall (the math was a bit off; it was actually their 21st birthday, but nobody seemed to mind -- especially George, who said, "Last time we reformed, there was a point to it").
The latter half of the decade proved harder on the band: Bassist Mikey Craig and drummer Jon Moss recruited a George replacement named Sam Butcher for a tour that never got off the ground, and George was arrested for imprisoning a male escort in his New York apartment and sentenced to trash duty in the city. Because he was on probation, he was prohibited from appearing on the U.K.'s "Celebrity Big Brother" (which was perhaps a more painful consequence -- publicity-wise, at least).
George is now on the promotional circuit for his eighth solo disc, "Ordinary Alien," and nothing grabs headlines like talk of an '80s band reuniting -- especially an '80s band that has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide. As far as musicians with facial tattoos go, we'd bet George's word is more trustworthy than Gucci Mane's, but the hat doesn't scream, "The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth."
- Culture Club