They Were Stars - Scorpius
Failed 80's Pop Icon
the early 1980's, Scorpius was the lead singer of a little
known English band named Culture Club. Recognized for his
outlandish costumes and feminine singing style, many in the
entertainment industry predicted fame and fortune for the
However, a few months after these photos were taken, Scorpius
was sacked by the band and replaced by his back-up singer,
a guy named George. George assumed Scorpius' unique style
and the rest is pop-culture history. Bitter over the sad turn
of his career, Scorpius vowed to never again allow a "pip-squeak
little human" get in the way of his glory.
to Before They Were Stars
Publicity Photo circa 1981
original Culture Club
his misery with drugs and alcohol, Scorpius finally hit bottom
in 1985. Here is a photo of Scorpius being visited by Nancy
Reagan, who was promoting her "just say no" anti-drug
program, while he was a patient at the Betty Ford Center.
Scorpius' recovery from drug abuse and subsequent rise to
power is a source of inspiration to millions.