Cyber Chameleon as you see it now is the result of 30+ years of being a Culture Club fan, and almost 18 years in the Culture Club fan-site business.
I am from Melbourne, Australia and one of my earliest memories of Culture Club is hearing their song "Karma Chameleon" and becoming HOOKED. Absolutely hooked! With each listen on the radio that got taped repeatedly across a 60 minute GTape cassette, it instantly replaced my previous favourite song (Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton's "Islands In The Stream") and an admiration (some would say obsession!) for Boy George, Jon Moss, Mikey Craig and Roy Hay began!
My first venture into the internet was, not surprisingly, looking up Boy George websites - and in 1998, I put together my first website, Lyrically Speaking, which featured all the Culture Club and Boy George lyrics to date. (It's currently being re-designed and updated).
My first Culture Club concert was in February 2000, when the boys brought their "Club Sandwich" tour to Australia, to promote their then-new album "Don't Mind If I Do". Thanks to winning a competition with the Herald-Sun newspaper, I also got to meet George, Jon, Mikey and Roy!
And that brings me to... Cyber Chameleon!
I was contacted by Glenn Cunningham-Vilar, a George fan in Ireland who had been running his 'Boy George News' site since '98, in June 2000. His idea was to collaborate on and merge our two sites - his 'Boy George News' site and my 'Lyrically Speaking' one - it sounded like a great idea - I was a fan of his work and vice versa. Our aim was to create a site that would "rival and surpass" all other Boy George / Culture Club sites on the net.
Unable to devise a suitable name ourselves, we held a 'Name our Website' competition - hoping we would find a name to best identify what we were all about - Culture Club and the web - and Cyber Chameleon, named by Judith, was it!
Launched in August 2000, Cyber Chameleon's first 18 months were a blur. Culture Club toured the US, and Glenn saw a couple shows from that tour and met up with some of his friends who he had corresponded with online. Through online chats, I also got to know Dawn from Canada, and Maria from England, and they quickly became close friends and members of the Cyber Chameleon team (if not visibly, they were integral to how Cyber Chameleon worked behind the scenes!). Working on the site was an enjoyable process, usually preceeded by or followed with hours of chatting and catching up online. Our first year ended on a high in Vancouver, Canada, when I got to meet the rest of the Cyber team for the first time.
2002 saw Boy George's musical Taboo premiere in London, and the Cyber team (except me) met the cast, and interviewed them for the site. Culture Club's "20th Anniversary" shows in the UK were covered extensively by Cyber Chameleon, through Glenn and Maria's observations, who not only went for them, but managed to pop up in the front row of the Royal Albert Hall gig that can now be found in any good music DVD store!
2002 was Cyber Chameleon's collaborative peak - our team dynamics changed after that. Throughout 2003, various personal things kept us from working together, so when we did, it became either a drama or a chore to work on, and to spare us drifting apart as friends, we drifted apart as a working team. Maria and I met up in New York in October, when we were both there for the first preview performance of Taboo on Broadway, brought to the Big Apple by Rosie O'Donnell. Thanks to her and George's team, we were one of the select few who got to see the full dress rehearsal of the show when the first weekend's previews were cancelled. Taboo on Broadway was fantastic - and I was so proud of George work as a songwriter/performer, and Rosie's vision that brought it to its home in the Plymouth Theatre (even if it only lasted for 100 performances).
Anyways... back to Cyber Chameleon, the reason why you're reading this page! Phase one ended in January 2004. Glenn and I had a discussion on everything to do with the site - and agreed that it will continue with myself as sole webmaster. Despite the current incarnation of Cyber Chameleon looking little like it originally did back in 2000, Glenn, Dawn and Maria's footprint on the site remains - as they're always a great sounding board for yours-truly when various ideas and concepts come up.
Cyber Chameleon is focused on bringing you tidbits about each member of Culture Club, where available, though as Boy George is continually in the public eye, it's easy for the focus to shift on him. In the last couple of years, Cyber Chameleon has gone through a few changes - namely the introduction of its own Facebook page - facebook.com/cyberchameleon, the Swappin' page - www.cyberchameleon.com/swappin.html/ (a way in which to swap rare DVDs and CDs of material not commerically available to expand not only Cyber Chameleon's collection, but yours as well, and CYBER-ESQUE, a fanzine collecting and compiling the latest news reports, photos and gossip in a glossy magazine format.
In the last few years, Australia has seen George and Culture Club a few times - Culture Club brought in New Year's Day in Sydney as the headliners of the inaugural Sydney Resolution concert series on the Sydney Harbour in 2012; and with Marc Vedo on their Koolwaters DJ tour, George has done a couple dates in Melbourne and Sydney, and also the "Big Gay Day" in Brisbane a couple years ago.
And that brings us to now, where Culture Club have reunited once more to tour, and record and release a new album - "Tribes" which will hopefully hit shelves, iTunes and everywhere very soon! But in the meantime, I'll continue to give you the best site I possibly can... Enjoy!
Cyber Chameleon webmaster, April '16.
Cyber Chameleon as you see it today wouldn't exist without the love, support and advice, inspiration and ideas from the following people - a BIG thank you to: