Chart Performance: Pop (#5); 1984
Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne
Had it not been for Michael Jackson and Thriller‘s 37 weeks at #1, Culture Club’s Colour By Numbers would certainly have reached the top. Even so, it spent six weeks in the #2 spot, sold a more than-respectable four million copies, and spun off four hit singles. The first – Church Of The Poison Mind – had reached #2 on the UK chart in the spring of 1983 just as the Club was breaking big in the States. Here it peaked at #10 in December just after Colour By Numbers debuted. Up next were Karma Chameleon and Miss Me Blind, also taken from Numbers. Joining Boy George and the gang on the latter was Jermaine Stewart, who’d score a hit two years later with We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off. With three Top 10’s to its credit, Colours yielded yet another Top 40 track, It’s A Miracle (#13), before its run was done. As expected, Michael Jackson dominated the Grammy awards, however, Culture Club did walk off with a Best New Artist trophy.
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- Steve Levine
Lyrics Written by:
- Boy George
- Roy Hay
- Mikey Craig
- Jon Moss