Culture Club – Do You Really Want To Hurt Me

Culture Club – Do You Really Want To Hurt Me

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Born George Alan O’Dowd on June 14, 1961, in Eltham, London, to parents Gerry and Dinah O’Dowd. George grew up in a lively household with his four brothers and one sister. Despite being part of the large working class Irish brood, George claims he had a lonely childhood, referring to himself as the “pink sheep” of the family.

To stand out in the male-dominated household, George created his own image on which he became dependent. “It didn’t bother me to walk down the street and to be stared at. I loved it,” he later reminisced.

George didn’t exactly conform to the typical school student stereotype, either. With a leaning more toward arts rather than science and math, he found it hard to fit within traditional masculine stereotypes. With his schoolwork suffering, and an ongoing battle of wits between him and his teachers, it wasn’t long before the school gave up and expelled George over his increasingly outlandish behavior and outrageous clothes and make-up.

Suddenly George found himself out of school, and without a job. He took any work he could find that paid him enough money to live on including a job picking fruit; a stint as a milliner; and even a gig as a make-up artist with the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he picked up some handy techniques for his own personal use.

Forming the Culture Club
By the 1980s, the New Romantic Movement had emerged in the U.K. Followers of the New Romantic period, influenced heavily by artists such as David Bowie, often dressed in grand caricatures of the 19th century English Romantic period. This included exaggerated upscale hairstyles and fashion statements. Men typically wore androgynous clothing and makeup, such as eyeliner.

The style became a calling card for George, whose flamboyance fit their beliefs perfectly. The attention the New Romantics attracted inevitably created many new headlines for the press. It wasn’t long before George was giving interviews based purely on his appearance.

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Only Love Can Hurt Like This – Paloma Faith

Only Love Can Hurt Like This – Paloma Faith

Only Love Can Hurt Like This - Paloma Faith

Faith was born to an English mother and Spanish father in Hackney. Her parents divorced when she was four years old, and she was raised by her mother in Stoke Newington.  As a child, Faith was encouraged to dance by her mother and took weekly ballet classes in Dalston. After completing her A-levels at City and Islington College, she went on to study for a degree in contemporary dance at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Faith then went on to study for an MA in theatre directing at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design, funding her studies by working various part-time jobs, which included: a sales assistant at Agent Provocateur, a singer in a burlesque cabaret, a life model and a magician’s assistant.

In January 2013, Paloma revealed that she was beginning to write her third studio album during her time in the United States, intending to work on it while in New York City. In February it was announced that Faith would be headlining the Evolution Festival, UK in Newcastle upon Tyne on Monday 27 May 2013 with The Vaccines headlining the day before. Other acts performing alongside Faith included Jake Bugg, Aluna George and Bastille.

In January 2014, the title of Faith’s third album was revealed to be A Perfect Contradiction, which was released in March. The album has become Faith’s fastest-selling album to date, currently certified Platinum as of June 2014. The album’s lead single, “Can’t Rely on You”, produced by Pharrell Williams, became Faith’s second top ten in the UK. The album’s second single, “Only Love Can Hurt Like This” became Faith’s most successful single to date, reaching number six in the UK. The album’s third single, “Trouble With My Baby” will be released in August 2014. In July 2014, British drum and bass duo “Sigma” announced their single “Changing” featuring vocals from Faith; it is set for release in September 2014.

She was briefly married to New Zealand chef Rian Haynes in 2005, however they split after eight months and were divorced four years later.  Faith has been accused of age fabrication after claiming early in her career to being born in 1985. She later admitted to having been born in 1981 after her birth certificate was revealed online. In 2011, a portrait of Faith was painted by British artist Joe Simpson, the painting was exhibited around the UK including a solo exhibition at The Royal Albert Hall.

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