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The Crying Game.
on June 28, 2005
It's too bad there aren't pop/rock idols like Boy George anymore. Nothing risque, no gender bending, everything in pop music today is bland, bland, bland--and boring. This latest greatest hits collection underlines why Culture Club scaled the charts so many years ago. Of course, you still must view all the videos to get the full experience, but this collection is better than the one I've owned all these years--"This Time: The First Four Years" from back in 1987. This new greatest hits includes all of their top 40 singles, particularly "Mistake No.3", which was missing from several previous compilations. Thankfully, mercifully, there are no extended versions here! In fact, in the first 12 tracks there's only one real dud, "White Boy (Dance Mix)" which I really could have done without. The first 12 tracks range, because when Culture Club were great, they were really great like "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me", "Karma Chameleon", "It's A Miracle" and "Victims". Then they have their good songs like "Time (Clock Of The Heart)", "I'll Tumble 4 Ya", "Church Of The Poison Mind", "Miss Me Blind", "The War Song" and "Move Away". Some of their ballads missed the mark like "Black Money", "Mistake No.3" and "Cold Shoulder". Of their newer material from 1999, "I Just Wanna Be Loved" and "Your Kisses Are Charity (Blouse and Skirt Mix)" are pretty good after what was then a 13 year separation.
Everything is digitally remastered, making this greatest hits sound crisp and current. This is truly an artifact from a time when variety was the spice to the music business, and moved millions. Now, everyone is a clone. If you want a slice of originality and are daring enough to take a trip back in time, then you might want to check this disc out.