Showing posts with label Culture Club. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Culture Club. Show all posts

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Love is love - Culture Club

I bought a French copy of the single 'Love is love' by Culture Club ten years ago. I still knew that, so there was no reason to buy this single other than it being the German pressing with a different cover. And, much to my surprise, as it turns out this single also has a different B-side, which is quite a good song too.

There's even more to this single: there is a mistake on the back cover of this single: the B-side is listed as 'The dream', but actually contains the song 'Mistake no. 3'. That song is taken from the band's 1984 album 'Waking up with the house on fire'.

My collection: 7" single no. 6214
Found: Record fair, Utrecht, November 17, 2019
Cost: 0,8 euro
Tracks: 'Love is love' / 'Mistake no. 3'

Saturday, 21 September 2019

Miss me blind - Culture Club

'Miss me blind' was released as the third single from Culture Club's album 'Colour by numbers'in the USA, peaking at number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in spring 1984. This gave the band its sixth consecutive top 10 hit, as well as its final top 10 hit there to date.

This single is the French pressing. For some reason, the single was not released in the UK, but it reached number 28 in France and number 32 in Italy - which says something about the popularity of this track in this part of the world. It is a nice single, though, and I was glad to add this to my collection.

My collection: 7" single no. 6167
Found: Record fair, Amsterdam, September 21, 2019
Cost: 0,5 euro
Tracks: 'Miss me blind' / 'Colour by numbers'

Thursday, 27 April 2017

I'm afraid of me - Culture Club

Prior to 'making it big' with Do you really want to hurt me, Culture Club released two singles that weren't quite so successful. I found the first one - White boy - eight years ago, and this month number two popped up almost equally cheap: 'I'm afraid of me'.

The single only got to number 100 of the UK singles chart. A remixed version of this track appeared on the band's debut album 'Kissing to be clever'.

My collection: 7" single no. 5807
Found: Record fair, Utrecht, April 8, 2017
Cost: 1 euro
Tracks: 'I'm afraid of me' / 'Murder rap trap'

Listen to the song

Sunday, 31 January 2010

It's a miracle - Culture Club

'It's a Miracle' was released as the fifth and final single from Culture Club's 1983 album 'Colour by numbers'. The song was first called 'It's America', relating to Culture Club's first trip to the United States. It was later changed.

It became the group's sixth top 5 hit on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number 4. In the Dutch Top 40, the single reached number 20.

My collection: 7" single no. 4483
Found: Record fair, Amsterdam, January 30, 2010
Cost: 0,5 euro
Tracks: 'It's a miracle' / 'Love twist (live)'

Saturday, 12 December 2009

The war song - Culture Club

Culture Club released their third album 'Waking up with the house on fire' in 1984. In an attempt to profit from their fame, the record company pushed them to come up with new material as soon as their world tour had ended. The band was a bit tired, and it can be heard in the songs on the album.

The lead single 'The war song' was not very inspired, but ended up being the one hit single from the album. It reached number 2 in the UK singles chart and number 5 in the Dutch Top 40. Subsequent singles were far less successful.

My collection: 7" single no. 2962
Found: February 9, 1998
Cost: 2,5 guilders
Tracks: 'The war song' / 'La cancion de guerra'

Sunday, 6 December 2009

Church of the poisoned mind - Culture Club

'Church of the poisoned mind' was Culture Club's third big hit single, released in spring 1983. The uptempo track has some similarities to Motown tracks, especially 'Uptight (Everything's alright)' by Stevie Wonder.

The single was a number 2 hit in the UK singles chart and reached number 7 in the Dutch Top 40. The band also had their first hit in the USA with this track, peaking at number 10 in the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

My collection: 7" single no. 2064
Found: Disco Market, Den Haag, December 29, 1993
Cost: 1 guilder
Tracks: 'Church of the poisoned mind' / 'Man shake'

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Time (Clock of the heart) - Culture Club

'Time (Clock of the heart)' was a stand-alone single in most of the world, but the track was included on the American version of Culture Club's debut album 'Kissing to be clever'. In Europe, its first inclusion on a Culture Club album was on their 1987 compilation, called 'This time: the first four years'.

The single reached number 3 in the UK singles chart, number 2 in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 7 in the Dutch Top 40.

My collection: 7" single no. 832
Found: Disco Market, Den Haag, May 20, 1989
Cost: 1 guilder
Tracks: 'Time (Clock of the heart)' / 'White boys can't control it'

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

I'll tumble 4 ya - Culture Club

'I'll tumble 4 ya' appeared on Culture Club's debut album 'Kissing to be clever'. It was released as a single in North America only, peaking at number 9 in both the USA and Canada.

The B-side, 'Mystery boy', was originally Culture Club's third single, released before they had their international breakthrough with 'Do you really want to hurt me'.

My collection: 7" single no. 4024
Found: Vinylfabriek, Haaksbergen, September 14, 2009
Cost: 1 euro
Tracks: 'I'll tumble 4 ya' / 'Mystery boy'

Monday, 10 August 2009

White boy - Culture Club

After scouring the basement of the Music & Video Exchange in Notting Hill Gate and finding over 40 singles, I went up to the first floor, hoping to find some more. This is the 'expensive' part of the shop, stocking mainly collectors items, but sometimes you come across some interesting bargains. Such as this one: the debut single by Culture Club!

Most people assume that their first hit 'Do you really want to hurt me' was also their debut single, but that's not true: they released two singles prior to that one. 'White boy' did not chart in any territory, although it already showcases their signature sound. You don't see this single a lot, so I was glad to find it.

My collection: 7" single no. 3966
Found: Record Exchange, London, August 5, 2009
Cost: 50p
Tracks: 'White boy' / 'Love twist'

Friday, 7 August 2009

The medal song - Culture Club

'The medal song' was released in 1984 as the second single from the album 'Waking up with the house on fire', Culture Club's third album. Boy George later commented he felt the album experienced a lukewarm reception because of the half-hearted material on the album. The group was pressured by their record company to come up with a quick follow-up to their second album 'Colour by numbers'.

'The medal song' performed poorly in the charts, peaking at number 32 in the UK singles chart and their first hit single not to reach the top 10 in the UK. Not even this limited edition gatefold sleeve could help matters much.

My collection: 7" single no. 3945
Found: Record Exchange, London, August 5, 2009
Cost: 30p
Tracks: 'The medal song' / 'Don't go down that street'

Monday, 25 May 2009

Do you really want to hurt me - Culture Club

Part of my renewed interest in buying 7" vinyl singles is caused by my realisation that there are some very odd holes in my collection. This one is a prime example of that: while I have most of Culture Club's hit singles, their first major hit single was missing.

'Do you really want to hurt me' became a major hit after their memorable debut performance on 'Top of the Pops', which they got thanks to Shakin' Stevens being ill and not able to appear, leading the song to become a UK number 1 single for three weeks in October 1982. The single also became a number one hit in Switzerland, Sweden, Ireland, Germany, Canada, Austria and Australia. In the Netherlands, the song peaked at number 2.

My collection: 7" single no. 3725
Found: Record fair, Den Haag, May 23, 2009
Cost: 0,5 euro
Tracks: 'Do you really want to hurt me' / 'Do you really want to hurt me (dub version)'

Sunday, 24 May 2009

Love is love - Culture Club

In 1984, Culture Club was asked to write two songs for the soundtrack to the movie 'Electric Dreams'. Boy George and Roy Hay wrote 'The dream' and 'Love is love'. The latter was released as a single in Canada, Japan and France. It was only a hit in Japan.

I found this single and didn't even know it existed. It was interesting enough for me to want to have it, especially since that other song from 'Electric dreams' ('Together in electric dreams' by Phil Oakey and Giorgio Moroder) has become an Eighties classic. It was interesting to find out how this song would compare.

My collection: 7" single no. 3726
Found: Record fair, Den Haag, May 23, 2009
Cost: 0,5 euro
Tracks: 'Love is love' / 'Don't go down that street'

Saturday, 4 April 2009

Victims - Culture club

After many uptempo and midtempo singles, 'Victims' was Culture Club's first proper ballad, released as a single in late 1983. The single reached number 3 in the UK singles chart, and only number 16 in the Dutch Top 40.

I first bought the single during the 1985 edition of Parkpop, which was the regular German pressing. 15 years later I found myself confronted with a posterbag edition, sightly worn but still in good condition. It was a steal! So I bought this one too.

My collection: 7" single no. 309 / no. 3266
Found: Parkpop, Den Haag, June 1985 / Record Exchange, London, October 20, 2000
Cost: 3 guilders / 50p
Tracks: 'Victims' / 'Colour by numbers'

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Karma Chameleon - Culture Club

Culture Club were at the height of their popularity when they released 'Karma Chameleon'. It was a number one hit all over Europe, Canada, USA, Australia and New Zealand. According to the band's frontman Boy George, 'The song is about the terrible fear of alienation that people have, the fear of standing up for one thing. It's about trying to suck up to everybody. Basically, if you aren't true, if you don't act like you feel, then you get Karma-justice, that's nature's way of paying you back.'

I didn't buy the single at the time of its release, in 1983, because it was continually played on radio and television. It made me hate the song. Now, more than a quarter of a century later, I can hear it again. And the price was right, of course...

My collection: 7" single no. 3586
Found: Kringloop Holland, Den Haag, March 3, 2009
Cost: 0,5 euro
Tracks: 'Karma Chameleon' / 'That's the way'

Sunday, 18 January 2009

Move away - Culture club

'Move away' was the first single drawn from Culture Club's 1986 album 'From luxury to heartache'. The recording sessions for this album dragged on for a long time because of singer Boy George's addiction to cocaine. Nevertheless, this single became a hit for the band, because it reached number 7 in the UK and number 12 in the USA.

Besides the regular 7" single, the record company released a collectable cd-sized picture disc in a cardboard cd-single-esque sleeve. The picture disc featured a photograph of band member Jon Moss. Both singles are pictured here: you will notice that the regular sleeve has purple blocks, where the cd-sized sleeve has green blocks.

My collection: 7" single no. 2248 / 5" single no. 2504
Found: Disco Market, Den Haag, March 4, 1995 / House of Rhythm, London, October 30, 1995
Cost: 1 guilder / 1 pound
Tracks: 'Move away' / 'Sexuality'

Saturday, 3 January 2009

God thank you woman - Culture Club

'God thank you woman' was the last single from the Culture Club before they broke up in 1986. Lacking the immediate appeal of their early singles, it has actually stood the test of time better than those big hits. At least, that's what I think now that I've heard this track for the first time in a long time. It is a positive, uplifting song with a few strange and surprising turns.

The B-side of this single is the track 'From luxury to heartache', which was the title of their 1986 album. This track, however, was only available here, on this single.

My collection: 7" single no. 3521
Found: La La Land, Den Haag, January 3, 2009
Cost: 1,5 euro
Tracks: 'God thank you woman' / 'From luxury to heartache'
Download: here

Thursday, 25 December 2008

Do they know it's Christmas? - Band Aid

The song that embodied the Christmas spirit in the Eighties was Band Aid's 'Do they know it's Christmas?'. The project initiated by Midge Ure and Bob Geldof started when the two met up and worked out this song Bob had written in a rather rudimentary way. They phoned up the musician friends they knew and before you knew it you had a media spectacle of unprecedented size.

I bought the single as soon as it came out, although, strangely, I didn't like the song that much. There were just so many of my eighties idols participated that I felt I couldn't pass up on this historic single. Two decades later, it's somehow reassuring (or troubling) that everything has stayed the same in Africa: it's still a continent of war, hunger and drought.

My collection: 7" single no. 249
Found: Wouters, Den Haag, 1984
Cost: 6 guilders
Tracks: 'Do they know it's Christmas?' / 'Feed the world'
Download: 12" single 'Do they know it's Christmas?', including both tracks (password: )
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