We of the bass brotherhood would never hurt George O’Dowd, nor would we really want to make him cry. Aside from the Boy’s extraordinary vocal prowess and proclivity to draw massive attention for his celebrity excesses and choices of haberdashery – time has shown Culture Club to rank significantly high among the most influential ensembles of their era of their by way of their unique and infectious interpretations of reggae, soul, dance, rhythm & blues, and pop song-craft.
To my ears, bassist Mikey Craig was the band’s not-so-secret weapon. With a sharp yet warm tone which he plied prominently from his Music Man Stingray, Mikey’s bass artistry was intrinsic to Culture’s canon, forging melodic grooves that floated over the bar-line, resonated on dance floors, FM radio, boom boxes, and a device once known as The Walkman.
After Club crashed, Craig utilized his talents as a producer, DJ, and guest artist, most notably with Kid Creole and the Coconuts.