I'll Tumble POLL Ya: The Culture Club Singles Poll

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Regarding "The War Song", I would think it is probably one of the weakest excuses for a song ever to make the UK Top 3, and one might wonder how much it'd sold had it not been for the fact that it was the first signs of life after the massive success of "Colour By Numbers".

Geir Hongro, Wednesday, 1 July 2009 01:03 (eight years ago) Permalink

i remember war song as the exact moment people stopped giving a shit about culture club. it was almost universally panned

velko, Wednesday, 1 July 2009 01:07 (eight years ago) Permalink

It wasn't that single only though. More or less the entire "Waking Up With The House On Fire" album was a disaster.

Geir Hongro, Wednesday, 1 July 2009 01:10 (eight years ago) Permalink

"From Luxury To Heartache" was actually a bit better, and not as bad as people claim it is, but by then, people had already stopped paying attention to whatever they'd come up with.

Geir Hongro, Wednesday, 1 July 2009 01:11 (eight years ago) Permalink

"Move Away" is more interesting if you think of it as CC's take on Blow Monkeys-Level-42 sophistipop. Anyway, that keyboard solo/swirl before the final set of choruses works.

My name is Kenny! (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 1 July 2009 01:13 (eight years ago) Permalink

Gracie Fields on t'moneh

Pimp My Hearse (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 1 July 2009 01:26 (eight years ago) Permalink

War war is stupid
And people are stupid
And love means nothing
In some strange quarters

this sounded a lot stupider to me when i was 15 than it does now, tbh.

us_odd_bunny_lady (tipsy mothra), Wednesday, 1 July 2009 05:47 (eight years ago) Permalink

The problem with that verse is that you hear it and think the "some strange quarters" line applies to the whole thing, but really it is just supposed to apply to the "love means nothing" line. It never made sense to me until I saw it written out JUST NOW.

Maltodextrin, Wednesday, 1 July 2009 06:29 (eight years ago) Permalink


It's known as a stupid lyric for all time etc. but I never had a problem with it putting the issue right front. Considering the Wars that the U.S. and U.K. started that decade, and the Wars that had ended in the prior decade, "War is stupid and people are stupid" always seemed like a sensible thing to say.

Watching the video right now, I wonder if some of the backlash could have to do with Boy George going from a regular girl to a glamour girl, rather than the profoundness of his lyrics, (vs. Frankie, Sting, and Bruce(Starr) of the era)

I still voted "Karma Chameleon" and like "Do You Really". The thread make me want to youtube "Time" because I only have a vague memory of the chorus at this point.

james k polk, Wednesday, 1 July 2009 06:35 (eight years ago) Permalink

Do You Really... is far and away my favourite song of theirs. I love the 12" version, too. Ahh... all those titles are so evocative of the time.

Boy George bought my dad a cup of tea on a train going from London to Manchester in 1983.

Daniel Giraffe, Wednesday, 1 July 2009 09:52 (eight years ago) Permalink

Boy George bought my dad a cup of tea on a train going from London to Manchester in 1983.

Much better than sex, you know :)

Geir Hongro, Sunday, 5 July 2009 17:16 (eight years ago) Permalink

Very easily "Time (Clock of the Heart)," the most gut-wrenching musical evocation of what it feels like for a gay man to be in love with a straight/"bisexual"/closeted/questioning man. Tears my fucking heart out.

Second best is "The War Song" where punk happens again, sort of.

Kevin John Bozelka, Sunday, 5 July 2009 18:18 (eight years ago) Permalink

So many great catchy singles.
Time > Church of the Poison Mind > Miss Me Blind > It's a Miracle > Do You Really Want to Hurt Me > Karma Chameleon > I'll Tumble 4 Ya > Victims > the rest

LeRooLeRoo, Monday, 6 July 2009 17:51 (eight years ago) Permalink


velko, Monday, 6 July 2009 17:53 (eight years ago) Permalink

Wasn't their first single technically "I'm Afraid Of Me" b/w "Murder Rap Trap"? (Still have an Oct 1982 New York Rocker issue in which it's reviewed.)

― xhuxk, Tuesday, 30 June 2009 03:37 (6 days ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

No, it was "White Boy".

I've no idea how it goes.

Mark G, Monday, 6 July 2009 17:56 (eight years ago) Permalink


Eazy, Monday, 6 July 2009 17:57 (eight years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Tuesday, 7 July 2009 23:01 (eight years ago) Permalink

No one's voting for "The War Song" are they?

Alex in NYC, Tuesday, 7 July 2009 23:39 (eight years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Wednesday, 8 July 2009 23:01 (eight years ago) Permalink

Alex voted for "The War Song"!

My name is Kenny! (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 8 July 2009 23:04 (eight years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

"Church of the Poison Mind" sounds great on a Saturday morning. A nice double shot this would sound beside "Modern Love" ("...takes me to the church on time").

the objections to Drake from non-REAL HIPHOP people (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 16 November 2013 12:35 (four years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

Never heard this before, Culture Club having a row in the studio while trying to record 'Victims'...


Welcome To (Turrican), Thursday, 13 November 2014 15:06 (three years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

Had a discussion with a friend tonight that involved how "Karma Chameleon" legitimately sounds like a karaoke backing track.. from the bad reggae synth, cheap canned drums and goofy harmonica.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 25 June 2015 06:49 (two years ago) Permalink

Ha, it really does!

You’re being too simplistic and you’re insulting my poor heart (Turrican), Friday, 26 June 2015 01:11 (two years ago) Permalink

that's what makes it great

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 26 June 2015 03:56 (two years ago) Permalink

how were there no votes for I'll Tumble 4 Ya

i know it's not the best but it's at least top 5

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 26 June 2015 04:00 (two years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

WTF @ all the blackface in the 'do you really want to hurt me' video

you used to smell me on your smell phone (Abbott), Sunday, 20 December 2015 02:45 (two years ago) Permalink

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