Boy George's androgynous style caught the attention of music executive Malcolm McLaren, of Sex Pistols fame, who arranged for George to perform with the group Bow Wow Wow, featuring Annabella Lwin, at various shows. Some people out of the band called him ''Lieutenant Lush'' and he nearly stole the spotlight from Lwin. George's association with Bow Wow Wow didn't last long after that, and George started his own group with bassist Mikey Craig. The group was to be called ''In Praise Of Lemmings'', but the name was later abandoned. Jon Moss (who had drummed with The Damned, Adam and the Ants and London) joined the group, followed shortly thereafter by Roy Hay, after the group's association with another guitarist, Slade, proved unsatisfactory. The group abandoned another name, Sex Gang Children, and settled on the name Culture Club after realising that the group consisted of an English singer, a Jamaican-Briton on bass, a Jewish drummer, and an Irishman on guitar.
The band signed with Virgin Records in the UK and with Epic Records in America (as Virgin didn't have a U.S. presence at the time), and released its debut album ''Kissing To Be Clever'' in 1982. The first single, "...