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 songs ranked.
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14. The Crying Game (Greatest Moments, 1998)
“Boy George’s voice sounds angelic in this song. After years of listening to it, I can still feel the ache of his broken heart as the music washes over me. On some days, it’s enough to make me cry.”
13. White Boy (Kissing to Be Clever, 1982)
“”White Boy” is arguably the best song Culture Club ever had. It wasn’t their best-selling song but it has a terrific beat. Excellent midtempo number, with some great singing and solid production. It’s undone slightly by the lyrics. Others have scoffed at the “time is like a clock in my heart” line, but honestly, I’m still bewildered by “time won’t give me time”.
12. I’m Afraid of Me (Kissing to Be Clever, 1982)
“The bassline is nice, at least, as are the extremely soft and velvety synths that Culture Club knew so well. I always thought Boy George’s voice deserved better songwriting than it tended to get, though, and this is no exception.
11. Victims (Colour by Numbers, 1983)
“This is the best song they ever did. Most songs written from the heart and placing your scars out there for the world to see usually are the best an artist has to offer.”
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10. Move Away (From Luxury to Heartache, 1986)
“At times you remember a band and how much you liked them, but there top selling hits are played so much you forget the great songs that were not so popular. This song wasn’t a huge success but it may be my favorite CC song. Fun, energetic and danceable. I sweet guilty treasure that you are happy you remembered and need to own.”
9. It’s a Miracle (Colour by Numbers, 1983)
“Another minor pop-gem from Culture Club’s brief golden period in the mid 80’s. A bright, sunny, keyboard melody, ever so slightly reminiscent of Gilbert O’Sullivan’s “Matrimony” from the 70’s, effortlessly crooned by George, a hazy-fantazy breakdown which allows Helen Terry to strut her stuff and a nice chorus all contribute to a number that screams throwaway but whispers perfect pop at the same time.”
8. Mistake No. 3 (Waking Up with the House on Fire, 1984)
“Maybe a little bit too juvenile for me to really take it seriously, but on the other hand it’s not necessarily a bad thing to be unserious, even if by accident. The bassline is nice, at least, as are the extremely soft and velvety synths that Culture Club knew so well.”
7. The War Song (Waking Up with the House on Fire, 1984)
“This is a very underappreciated album by one of the best vocalists. Never have I heard an album with so many musical styles that actually flows like a gentle river. Not to say this album is all mellow. Definately a pop gem. Here in this remastered version, the songs are better sounding (of course) and harder to find tracks have been included as bonus tracks.”
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6. Miss Me Blind (Colour by Numbers, 1983)
“You either love him or hate him, but I have always liked most anything from culture club. Miss Me Blind is a great song very upbeat and happy. This song has 80’s all over it, and it’s a great song to do anything to”
5. I’ll Tumble 4 Ya (Kissing to Be Clever, 1982)
“This is Boy George and Culture Club at their effortless best. There’s an almost circus-feel to the melody so much so that at one point you can almost imagine a flat-footed clown doing a tap-dance and as usual there are Caribbean accents in the background while the lyric makes a virtue of obvious rhymes, the best of which recalls Shorty Long’s old Motown hit from the 60’s.”
4. Karma Chameleon (Colour by Numbers, 1983)
“Who could forget Boy George and Culture Club, classic from the 80’s. I admit it I still like to listen to their music, it’s happy and fun. A true 80’s classic!”
3. Church of the Poison Mind (Colour by Numbers, 1983)
“For Culture Club, the song Church of the Poison Mind exemplifies their pop energy much better than their huge hit Karma Chameleon. Church of the Poison Mind is infectious pop, and this MP3 is a good download to remind you of those long-forgotten high school or college days.”
2. Do You Really Want to Hurt Me (Kissing to Be Clever, 1982)
“One of the most awesome Pop/Reggae songs of all time. Culture Club it’s a timeless band! Awesome song, still loving it even after years.”
1. Time (Clock of the Heart) (Kissing to Be Clever, 1982)
“George’s vocals were always captivating but the hits were campy pop. great top ten fade away songs. but “Time” soars above the rest. everything about this song is remarkable beginning with the song itself. the sax solo catapults “Time” into the realm of never fade away always fresh classic”