Culture Club Albums Ranked

Culture Club is an English band that formed in London in 1981. The band comprises Boy George (lead vocals), Roy Hay (guitar and keyboards), Mikey Craig (bass guitar), and Jon Moss (drums and percussion). They are considered one of the most representative and influential groups of the 1980s. In 1984, Culture Club won Brit Awards for Best British Group, Best British Single (“Karma Chameleon”), and the Grammy Award for Best New Artist. They were nominated the same year for the Grammy Award for Pop Vocal by Group or Duo. The band was also nominated for a Canadian Juno Award for International Album of the Year. In January 1985, Culture Club was nominated for an American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group Video Artist, and in September 1985, they were nominated for two MTV Video Music Awards for Best Special Effects and Best Art Direction for their video “It’s a Miracle”. In 1987, they received another nomination for an American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group Video Artist. Here are all of Culture Club albums ranked

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6. The Best Of Culture Club (1997)

“This album has all the best of Culture Club’s hits, and is an everlasting ode to their talent. It will take those who were enjoying their music in the early 80’s back to those heady days, and should also initiate a new generation of fans.”

5. This Time – The First Four Years (1987)

“This was released in 1987, and it contained every hit Culture Club had that made it well universally. It had “It’s A Miracle”, “Victims”, “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me”, “Time” (Clock of the Heart), “Church of the Poison Mind”, “Karma Chameleon”, “Move Away” and “The War Song”. To be fair, it also included “Miss Me Blind” and “I’ll Tumble 4 Ya”, two songs released on 7 inch singles only in the US and that were hits. And yes, there are other bonuses. “Love Is Love” is also included on this compilation, a song from the “Electric Dreams” soundtrack, and was a single that did well in Japan. Last, but not least, is that “Black Money” is on this album. This was never released as a single, but it is a classic. It is the soul of Culture Club, with George and Helen Terry blasting away”

4. Waking Up With The House On Fire (1984)

“Track by track it unfolds well and the jive and feel on this album is very consistently upbeat and tinged with soul, reggae and jazz beats. Dangerous Man has the nicest drum alternation of any of their tracks. War Song often sighted as cheesy is in fact to my ears straight forward but timelessly fun. Unfortunate Thing is Bala Baba. Na na na na na. Love it. Crime Time has a lovely ska vibe. Mistake No.3 is my favourite CC ballad hands down. Beautifully sung and yes perfectly mid 80s.”

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3. Greatest Moments (1998)

“The live recording is amazing. The band is incredibly tight, the sound is deep, and each of the individual instruments sound great and are mixed very well. It sounds pristine on my stereo. Yet make no mistake: Culture Club is a band, not merely Boy George surrounded by some back-up group. Granted they were never one of those “musician’s musicians” bands like Rush, Yes, or Joe Satriani, but I think other musicians would be surprised with what Culture Club has to offer. Nevermind the fact that the songs in and of themselves are great — these guys play incredibly well too.”

2. Kissing To Be Clever (1982)

“This album will take you back to the early 1980s when British artists were making some of the best music ever invented. You can tell that this album was made when the band members were ambitious, naive, optimistic, and it must be added: in love. In his autobiography, Boy George said a music critic credited this album as the start of world music and it shows. This album is heavily reggae-influenced. You could call it the band’s most political work as well.”

1. Colour By Numbers (1983)

“There a good mix between up-tempo and slower ballads on COLOUR BY NUMBERS and the bonus tracks are good too (although I swear that the title track “Colour By Numbers” was on the original cassette because I have heard that song before). Anyway, I think this was the second album from Culture Club and it proved that they were no flash-in-the-pan.”