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The Blitz Kids were a unique group of people that frequented the Blitz nightclub in the early 1980s. Among their number were, Steve Strange, Leigh Bowery, Boy George and his boyfriend Marilyn, Philip Sallon and Martin Degville (later to be the frontman of Tony James' Sigue Sigue Sputnik). // Events and trends The 1980s marked an abrupt shift towards more conservative lifestyles after the momentous cultural revolutions which took place in the 1960s and 1970s and the definition of the AIDS virus in 1981. ... Steve Strange (born May 28, 1959), born Steven Harrington in Porthcawl, south Wales, was was the frontman and singer for the band Visage. ... Leigh Bowery (March 26, 1961, Sunshine, near Melbourne – December 31, 1994 London) was an extraordinary homosexual performance artist and designer of outfits that might loosely be called clothes. ... Boy George George Alan ODowd (born June 14, 1961), better known as Boy George, is a British gay singer, musician, and disc jockey who gained a large degree of fame with his group Culture Club in the 1980s. ... Marilyn can refer to: A hill in the British Isles with a relative height of at least 150m; see Marilyn (hill) Marilyn, 1980s pop star Marilyn, a character in the video game Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door There are other people named Marilyn: Marilyn Chris Marilyn Manson Marilyn Milian... Tony James was originally the bassist for the British punk band Generation X along with Billy Idol on the guitar, John Towe on the drums and Gene October as the singer. ... Sigue Sigue Sputnik are a British Cyberpunk band who achieved moderate fame in early 1986 with the song Love Missile F1-11, which appeared in the movie Ferris Buellers Day Off. ...

The Blitz Kids had found themselves bored with the whole punk genre and, in an effort to find something new, took to wearing bizarre home-made costumes and clothing and excessive amounts of make-up. They were often extremely androgynous in nature. Androgyny refers to two concepts. ...

Leigh Bowery was perhaps the oddest of the bunch, and would often wear a different outfit every night. One of his most striking props was several rivulets of melted candle wax that ran down his head and sometimes across his face.

Steve Strange and Boy George later became famous in their own right with their musical outings Visage and Culture Club respectively. Visage was a New Romantic band that began life in 1978 in the London, England nightclub Billys. ... Culture Club Culture Club was a popular 1980s pop group, perhaps most noticable for their gender-bending frontman Boy George. ...

Boy George celebrated the Blitz Kids scene in his recent musical Taboo - in which he played the part of Leigh Bowery. Leigh Bowery (March 26, 1961, Sunshine, near Melbourne – December 31, 1994 London) was an extraordinary homosexual performance artist and designer of outfits that might loosely be called clothes. ...

The Blitz Kids' scene lives on, having been embraced by the current London club scene, in clubs such as Kashpoint and Nag Nag Nag.

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