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19 smash hits from the gender-bending Boy and crew. Also herein: Do You Really Want to Hurt Me; Karma Chameleon; Time (Clock of the Heart); Miss Me Blind; I'll Tumble 4 Ya; Church of the Poison Mind , and more. The '80s live!

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At best, Boy George and his band Culture Club were a dizzy mix of camp, drag, dub, disco, reggae, and new wave. The androgynous George rhumba-ed his way through hits like "I'll Tumble 4 Ya" and crooned with white boy soul through their reggae classic "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" as well as the Delta-inspired "Karma Chameleon." At worst, the band had trouble finding direction and the proper vehicles for his smooth voice, producing clunkers like "Church of the Poison Mind." "Move Away" and "Miss Me Blind"--which actually took its chorus from a Japanese whiskey commercial--were Culture Club at their most brilliant. The band knew it wasn't making fine art and rose to the task of crafting flawless pop gems. George's later work didn't have the sense of fun and abandon as his stint with Culture Club, but his remake of "The Crying Game" again demonstrated those soulful pipes. Also worthy of note from his later career is the Krishna-inspired club hit "Bow Dow Mister." --Steve Gdula
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 6, 1993)
  • Original Release Date: 1993
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000002U6C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,436 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Daniel J. Hamlow HALL OF FAME on November 10, 2005
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Of the stalwart popsters heralding the second British invasion, Culture Club definitely opened eyes due to openly gay lead singer Boy George, formerly Bow Wow Wow's Lieutenant Lush, whose gender-bending makeup made him better looking feminine. CC's brand of music was infectiously fun dance pop and some great ballads mixed with some soul, enhanced by George's feminine vocals, small wonder that they won 1983's Best New Artist Grammy. But Boy George's heroin problems put a fast end to the group after their fourth album, From Luxury To Heartache. After getting cleaned up, Boy George went solo, still a hit in Britain, but in the US, alas no! Pity, because he came out with pretty great solo material.

Most of the singles are present, from CC's 3 weeks at #2 hit "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me" from their debut Kissing To Be Clever. This ballad highlights George's soul-tinged vocals, as well as the backing section of soul singers and airy, lounging synths. My favourite CC ballad is the tearjerking non-charter "Victims," with its melancholy piano and backing crooners, as well as a midsection that briefly goes into a classic disco crescendo before settling back down.

The upbeat Caribbean-like "I'll Tumble 4 Ya" peaked at #9, demonstrating CC's dance pop skills. However, the non-LP "Time (Clock of the Heart)" which also peaked at #2, incorporated some classic disco synths with a funky bassbeat, telling that illusory theme how time won't give us time, making lovers feel like they got something real.

Guest artists that helped Culture Club include Jermaine Stewart, who was on their #5 dance hit "Miss Me Blind" before he sang about not having to take one's clothes off. Ironically, it was this song that has the lyric "kissing to be clever," and not their debut album.
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This is the best Boy George/Culture Club collection that was released, due to the fact it is most unique,as it seemed to be put together by Boy George himself. The first 10 songs are all from Culture Club, and the most special thing is that with the exception of the only American and Japanese single releases, all the songs are released in the order they were released in 1982 to 1986 in England. First it's "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?", and "Time". "I'll Tumble 4 Ya" is skipped to track 6, since it was not released in England. The third song is "Church of the Poison Mind", the first single released for "Colour by Numbers". Then comes "Karma Chameleon" The fifth song is "Victims", which was only released in England and after "Karma Chameleon". To be fair, the sixth song is "I'll Tumble 4 Ya" the US release from "Kissing to be Clever". The seventh song is "It's A Miracle" the last single released in England from "Colour By Numbers". Again to be fair, "Miss Me Blind" is the eighth song, only released as a single in America. The 9th song is there last hit in the world in the 1980's, "Move Away" from the Arif Mardin and Lew Hahn produced "From Luxury to Heartache", 1986. As a bonus, the last song is from 1984's "Electric Dreams", "Love is Love", a hit in Japanese. Then we are wondering, where is "The War Song"? Like noted before, this collection was influenced by George himself, and he was not that crazy about that song, so he doesn't include it. His solo efforts are also great on this album. "Sweet Toxic Love" is very hard to find and it is a classic. "After the Love", "Generations of Love", "Bow Down Mister", and "Love Hurts" are all included from the "Jesus Loves You" album "The Martyr Mantras".Read more ›
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Most of the other reviews go into great detail, so I won't repeat.This is a great collection for the all-out fan, or just the passing Culture Club fan. This disc contains several CC singles & stand out Boy George tracks, such as "Bow Down Mister", "The Crying Game" & "Sweet Toxic Love" which is only available elsewhere as a UK single. Don't mind the hideous cover, buy it.
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Since I once had the "Church Of The Poison Mind" 45, I guess that means I've been a fan for awhile. This is pretty much what it says it is, half "Culture Club", and half "Boy George". And though it's split between the two, it's all great. This really has every "Culture Club" track that's essential, like "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me", "Karma Chameleon", and "I'll Tumble 4 Ya", among other's. But what shocked me the most is how good "Boy George's" solo stuff was. Obviously not as 80's as the old songs, but very good. His better songs here are "Love Is Love", "Everything I Own", and the excellent "Crying Game". Another catchy track is "Bow Down Mister (a small portion 2B polite mix)". His voice is still in top form too. Overall this is a really fun collection, and will go great with your "Cyndi Lauper" and "George Michael" cd's.
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At Best, The songs from "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" to "Miss Me Blind", would bring back the memories of dancing and wearing the Culture Club paraphernalias, the Boy George/Jon Moss look-a-like at the concerts - to the buttons a person might wear on their jacket to prove that indeed Culture Club/Boy George were their favorite. Songs like, "Move Away" and "Don't Cry"(which is one of my favorites on this CD), just listening to his smooth tenor voice makes me say, "Yes! He still has it". "Everything I Own" puts no doubt in me mind that he has a smoothful voice that transform his style from pop music to the dancing beat of reggae. And last but not least the all time favorite "The Crying Game", listening to his beautiful, low and soft tenor voice, this song makes you feel as if he is singing to only you, the person with the brokern heart. At Worst, your friends, neighbors, children, dogs will get tired of hearing you play this fabulous CD OVER AND OVER and probably will run and hide when you play it. You just can't turn it off.
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