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The band recorded demos that were paid for by EMI Records but the label declined to sign them. Their next album, Colour By Numbers was an enormous success, topping the UK charts and hit No. The single "Church of the Poison Mind" became a Top 10 hit, and "Karma Chameleon" became an international hit, peaking at No. It was the best-selling single of the year in the United Kingdom, where it spent six weeks at No. "Victims" and "It's a Miracle" were further Top 5 UK hits, while "Miss Me Blind" reached the Top 5 in the US. Although the first single, "The War Song", was a No.2 hit in the UK, further singles performed below expectations.
Virgin Records expressed interest in signing the group in the UK for European releases, while Epic Records handled the US and North American distribution. 1 in sixteen countries, and the top ten in additional countries. The band's third album Waking Up with the House on Fire (UK No. George then provided a lead vocal role on the Band Aid international hit single "Do They Know It's Christmas".
They recorded their debut album Kissing to Be Clever (UK No. The single featured mostly British and Irish musical acts, and proceeds from the song were donated to feed famine victims in Africa during the 1984–1985 famine in Ethiopia.
Unlike many of the bands featured on the single, Culture Club did not perform at Live Aid in July 1985.
Although the 2011 tour never took place, Culture Club did play two live concerts, in Dubai and Sydney, the latter being a New Year's Eve concert.
In interviews given shortly before the concerts, the group confirmed that they were indeed recording new material though this has yet to surface.
He would agree to seek treatment for his addiction.
In 1985, George performed backing vocals to Feargal Sharkey's number one hit "A Good Heart".
In 1986, George performed a guest-starring cameo role in an episode titled "Cowboy George" of the television series The A-Team. However, word shortly began circulating in tabloids that George was addicted to drugs.
Going by the stage name Lieutenant Lush, his tenure with Bow Wow Wow proved problematic with lead singer Annabella Lwin.
George eventually left the group and started his own band with bassist Mikey Craig.