Their iconic hits and their captivating style will always be remembered, especially from those who lived during that time. Culture Club created history for many reasons, but the ones the crowd is more familiar with are their songs, which were globally known in the 80s and Boy George’s outfits.
On an interview, George said that, from adolescence, he loved to experiment with makeup, hairstyles etc. George is a very unique, brave personality ahead of his time, if you ask me, who stood up for who he really was in a challenging era.
If you only think that nowadays people who don’t belong in the average-person category are often discriminated, you’ll see for yourselves that what George did at that time was quite a feat and required mental strength. I could go on for Boy George, but this is about Culture Club’s Greatest Hits and What The Band Is Up To Today.
Karma Chameleon – Color By Numbers
The first song I ever listened to, from the band, and I immediately fell in love with it. This song led me to listen to the rest of the band’s work, which I overall found amazing.
I don’t really know the meaning of this song (if you have any idea you can drop it in the comments, I’ll be happy to read about it!).
The music is unique and catchy, I have to say that George’s vocals are just fantastic. George has an amazing vocal range which can be seen in other Culture Club songs. This song showed George’s potential and his unique style to the world, and that is one of the reasons why I absolutely LOVE this song to this day.
Karma Chameleon is also a big 80s hit. It was the second Culture Club single to reach the top of the UK charts (I’ll talk about the first one soon!). It is really well-known, many young people know the melody today!
Do You Really Want To Hurt Me? – Kissing To Be Clever
By popular demand, this seems to be Culture Club’s best song. At least when it came out, in September 1982, it was the band’s first #1 UK hit. It stayed #2 for three weeks.
I love how the song begins with amazing vocals by George and then it changes style. Then, the rhythm is so catchy, it captivated the listener. It is one of the songs that remains in your head, the music is simple and repetitive in order to be remembered, yet pleasant to the ear.
Therefore, I can understand the reason why this song did very well, as far as the charts are concerned. It had the power to get the audience’s approval, proving that Culture Club are not just another mainstream group who imitate other artists.
Miss Me Blind – Color By Numbers
The strictest critics would say that this song is repetitive, not only its instrumental, but also George’s vocals. I can’t totally disagree. Culture Club could have experimented more in terms of music, however Miss Me Blind can definitely be considered one of the greatest hits of the 80s.
The thing with Culture Club is that their music could be considered “not so deep”, when it comes to lyrics and instrumentals, but for sure, Culture Club could easily captivate the hearts of their audience. They could make a group of people dance to their songs and remember them after. I, myself, can confirm that the band’s songs are pretty addictive.
After all, Culture Club had the charts by their side, hence the public opinion at the time.
Time – Clock Of The Heart
Another great song. It gives off a 80s-bar vibe. It shares mam characteristics with the previously mentioned songs, however, for this song Culture Club tried different synth melodies and bass lines, which really affected positively the song.
George showed the power his voice holds once again, which is one of the reason the listener will absolutely fall in love with this song. The saxophone solo was a really good addition as well, it really changes the style of the song, showing that Culture Club are creative and put work into their art.
Overall, this song is highly recommended, especially if you are new to Culture Club and want to experience a little more of their music.
It’s A Miracle – Color By Numbers
This song is a true example of Culture Club’s joyous style. It makes you want to get up and dance and sing the lyrics until you are out of breath. It is a classic 80s pop song. Only better.
To be honest, I am not sure why I am so excited about this song. Even though it didn’t do as well on the charts as the previously mentioned songs, I am sure It’s A Miracle was considered to be a smash back then.
Let’s not forget that being on the charts means good business transactions, not only public approval. Therefore, you shouldn’t always trust the charts, there’s more good music out there, and you will be surprised if you haven’t stepped out of the charts “limitful” borders yet.
Culture Club Now
During the pandemic, Boy George has been pretty active on social media, letting the public know what he’s up to. There wasn’t much in terms of music available though, only the old, well-known, loved hits of the band.
Recently though, it was announced in the band’s Instagram account that they will take part in the Heritage Live Concerts this summer (2021). The shows will be:
Saturday 26th June, Kenwood House, Hampstead Heath, London
Saturday 17th July, South of England Showground, Ardingly, West Sussex
Saturday 24th July, Englefield House, Theale, Reading Berkshire
Thursday 12th August, Audley End House, Saffron Walden Essex
Special Guests will be: Bananarama, Lulu, Kim Wilde, Gabrielle (surely a 80s get-together!)
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