This is the promotional video for Culture Club’s “Church of the Poison Mind.” This one of their many, many hits, charted #17 Rock and #10 Pop in the USA; #10 in Canada; and #2 in the UK.
The fabulously flamboyant Boy George (George O’Dowd) fronted this eighties band from London, England, and I fell in love with them the very first time I saw one of their videos on MTV. (For those of GenX, Y or Z, MTV used to show music videos 24/7 — hence the name Music Television!! ).
George was entertaining to look at and I loved his singing. He guested on many TV shows of the era and I jumped in front of the TV set to see him perform whenever I could.
This song, that the group composed, sounds like a song from the Golden Era of Motown with background vocalist Helen Terry taking the place of all three andantes :-). The harmonica is front and center, the tambourine is a shaking through- out and the bass is thumping!
If you are reading this post and aren’t aware of this group I highly recommend you check out their catalog. I have most of it on vinyl and honestly can say that I don’t recall hearing any bad cuts at all.
Culture Club won the 1983 Grammy Award for Best New Artist.
I know that a “Culture Club” Reunion will probably never happen, but I am extremely glad we had this group around on the music scene for a few years. It is so sad when talented groups/bands implode and leave the fans wanting more. Unfortunately this happens far to often in the business called music.