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I haven’t done any articles on celebrity portraits in a while. So, I got the idea to pay tributes to one of my hugely favorite bands/artist. Culture Club/Boy George.  I absolutely love their music, it’s so different and unique. Although they’re still making music, I still prefer his old stuff (before 1990(ish) I’d say). They’re first album, “Kissing To Be Clever (1982),” is their best album of their career (in my opinion). Not that I didn’t love his other albums, but “Kissing To Be Clever” was the album that I kept listening to over , and over again.

Now, let’s be honest here for a minute. Despite the group’s talent and hard work, the second reason that made culture club so famous was George’s out outrageous looks and make up. It made both him and the group stand out from all the other 80’s bands. At first look, you’re thinking “what the hell am I looking at?” But then as you listen to their music, and see their talent for what it is, much of America and across the world fell in love with them. So here are some of the most outrageous and best looks of Boy George!!



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This is a very nice portrait of “The Commodores.” I always thought that these guys were naturally photogenic. However, music wise (I think I’ve mentioned this before), I don’t they were much without Lionel Ritchie. I really hate to say that. And it’s not that I think they’re not talented, maybe it’s the songwriters. Or maybe to fans, Lionel was the Commodores! As far as I can remember, I think it’s safe to say they’ve really only had one big hit after Lionel left the group, and that song was called “Nightshift (1985).” The song was a tribute to the late Jackie Wilson and the late Marvin Gaye. If you listen closely, both their names were mentioned in the song. The song peaked at #3 and stayed relevant for 22 weeks. That same year, Diana Ross sung her tribute to Marvin Gaye in a song called “Missing You.” Diana’s song shot to #10 and stayed relevant for 27 weeks. Interesting how The Commodores’ song peaked higher than Diana’s; yet Diana’s song was on the Top 100 Charts for a little over a month longer.



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If my research is correct, the last album they’ve recorded was in 1993 called “No Tricks.” Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that Spotify has the original album available, but at least they have the song. I guess the album was a flop anyway, because by the time this album was released, there was only three of them left. I can’t seem to find any chart information, I guess that was pretty much it for their career. It’s a shame they could not work out their differences with Lionel. If you are a Commodores fan, Spotify does have one of their Greatest Hits albums.

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Bell, Biv, DeVoe, hanging out in NYC (I think it was the Bronx). I’m a shamed to say that I didn’t see the New Edition movie yet. Maybe I need to look for it on Netflix. This photo makes my laugh, because all I keep focusing on, is that big ass phone that Bell is holding in his hand. LOL.. Looking at that cellphone, you know this photo is old. LOL. I spent almost all day trying to figure out what brand it could have been. I narrowed it down to three brands; the first Motorola flip (cause we know those were huge); I thought Nokia, but maybe that’s even too big for Nokia; and the last I thought of was Audiovox. Those are the only big cellphone players that I remember making gigantic analog phones.They’ve made some cute songs, but my favorite is “Poison (1990).”

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A young and handsome Bobby Brown, at a 1990s American Music Awards ceremony. This was at the peak of his career. Despite what people believed about Bobby, he really didn’t need Whitney (career wise). By this time, he has already won one Grammy, and two American Music Awards. The man had talents of his own.

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Here’s a cute photo of a very young Whoopi Goldburg. This was at the height of her career, with movies such as “Jumping Jack Flash (1986),” and “Ghost (1990).” Along side Whoopii is R&B sensation and Grammy nominee Freddie Jackson. Some of his popular hits were “You are My Lady (1986),” and “Rock Me Tonight (1986).” Both hanging out, chillin’.

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