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6
Oct

Culture Club – Colour My Numbers (1983)

Culture Club are an English band that was formed in 1981. The band comprised Boy George (lead vocals), Roy Hay (guitar and keyboards), Mikey Craig (bass guitar) and Jon Moss (drums and percussion). They are considered one of the most representative and influential groups of the 1980s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist:  Culture Club
Title:  Colour My Numbers
Year:  1983
Format:  LP
Label:  Virgin Records
Catalog# 205730
Price:   € 10,00

Colour by Numbers is the second album by the British new wave band Culture Club, released in October 1983. Preceded by the hit single “Karma Chameleon“, which reached number one in several countries.

Colour by Numbers was Culture Club‘s most successful album, and, undoubtedly, one of the most popular albums from the 1980s. Scoring no less than four U.S. hit singles (and five overseas), this set dominated the charts for a full year, both in the United States and in Europe. The songs were infectious, the videos were all over MTV, and the band was a media magnet. Boy George sounded as warm and soulful as ever, but one of the real stars on this set was backing vocalist Helen Terry, who really brought the house down on the album’s unforgettable first single, “Church of the Poison Mind.” This album also featured the band’s biggest (and only number one) hit, the irresistibly catchy “Karma Chameleon,” its more rock & roll Top Five follow-up “Miss Me Blind,” and the fourth single (and big club hit), “It’s a Miracle” (which also featured Helen Terry‘s unmistakable belting). Also here are “Victims,” a big, dark, deep, and bombastic power ballad that was a huge hit overseas but never released in the U.S., and other soulful favorites such as “Black Money” and “That’s the Way (I’m Only Trying to Help You),” where Boy George truly flexed his vocal muscles. In the 1980s music was, in many cases, flamboyant, fun, sexy, soulful, colorful, androgynous, and carefree, and this album captured that spirit perfectly. A must for any collector of 1980s music, and the artistic and commercial pinnacle of a band that still attracted new fans years later.

 

Side one
1.  Karma Chameleon  (4:11)
2.  It’s A Miracle  (3:25)
3.  Black Money  (5:19)
4.  Changing Every Day  (3:18)
5.  That’s The Way (I’m Only Trying To Help You)  (2:46)

Side two
1.  Church Of The Poison Mind  (3:29)
2.  Miss Me Blind  (4:31)
3.  Mister Man  (3:36)
4.  Stormkeeper  (2:47)
5.  Victims  (4:56)

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11
Oct

Culture Club – Kissing To Be Clever (1982) – Lp

Culture Club are an English band that were formed in 1981. The band comprised Boy George (lead vocals), Roy Hay (guitar and keyboards), Mikey Craig (bass guitar) and Jon Moss (drums and percussion).

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Artist:  Culture Club
Title:  Kissing To Be Clever
Year:  1982
Format:  LP
Label:  Virgin Records
Catalog#  204958

Kissing to Be Clever is the debut album by the English band Culture Club, released in late 1982. It includes Culture Club’s international breakthrough hit single, “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me“, which reached number one and the Top 10 of many charts around the world.

Kissing to Be Clever is the album that put Culture Club on the musical map. Incorporating pop, rock, dance, new wave, soul, and Caribbean rhythms (an amalgamation of “cultures”), the result was a soulful, progressive pop outing that scored several landmark international hits and made a star out of the band’s outrageous frontman, Boy George. A couple of tracks were European dance hits, but the first “official” single, “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me,” was a simple masterpiece, resonating with an ache that harked back to the classic torch songs of yesteryear. Most of the other songs were quite different, with energetic beats and sometimes silly, campy themes (“Boy Boy I’m the Boy,” “White Boys Can’t Control It,” and “White Boy”). The album scored two other major hits, the zippy and bouncy “I’ll Tumble 4 Ya” and the gorgeous “Time (Clock of the Heart).” However, beware that “Time” is only on certain pressings of the album. When the album was issued on CD, and once the Epic label dissolved, the formerly colorful album cover had turned to black and white, and “Time” had been omitted, which is pretty ridiculous, considering the song was a huge number two hit, and the album was then left with only nine tracks. Still, this set is a highlight of 1980s music, and set the stage for one of the decade’s most loved and oft-remembered bands.

 

Side one
1.  White Boy [Dance Mix]  (4:40)
2.  You Know I’m Not Crazy  (3:36)
3.  I’ll Tumble 4 Ya  (2:36)
4.  Take Control  (3:09)
5.  Love Twist [Featuring Captain Crucial]  (4:23)

Side two
1.  Boy Boy (I’m the Boy)  (3:50)
2.  I’m Afraid of Me [Remix]  (3:16)
3.  White Boys Can’t Control It  (3:43)
4.  Do You Really Want to Hurt Me  (4:22)

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