Culture Club, Kissing To Be Clever (1982)
We were talking about Culture Club the other day – how in the early/mid 80s they were such a big deal. My folks went on a trip to Japan and they came back with news of Boy George and his band being everywhere over there. And I can’t remember which album I heard first – whether it was this or the following Colour By Numbers album (maybe it was that one?) but at any rate both albums were massive in our house. First via my brother who must have had the cassette tapes. Then I had copies of them. Probably dubbed on my stereo (double tape-deck) that my folks brought back from that Japan trip. How very 80s. I have these two breakthrough Culture Club albums on vinyl and they still get a whirl now and then, mostly it’s just a song or two as part of an 80s DJ set but I’ll still play through the whole album from time to time. Both are loaded with hits, quality pop singles. A good band. I have no desire to catch their reunion – for the umpteenth time – nor any sadness that I never saw the band at its peak or any stage before or after. But I’ve always like at least a handful of their songs spread over these two albums.
Sample Tracks: I’ll Tumble 4 Ya
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