Song of the Day, December 22: Church of the Poision Mind by Culture Club

CCChurchToday’s song is Church of the Poison Mind, the lead single from Culture Club’s wonderful second album, Colour By Numbers. After their inconsistent — but successful and occasionally inspired — debut, the band were an international phenomenon. Their second set was much stronger, a great set of 80s pop songs that explored a variety of musical styles to great effect.

This track features a Motown inspired sound, taking some 60s riffs and blending them into a smart, updated mix. Boy George is in fine voice, crooning out the verses and belting the choruses. The album’s secret weapon, vocalist Helen Terry, adds just the right punch, revving up the energy as her singing swirls around George’s. The band are much more confident as well, putting together a classic pop hit as they dissect the perils of fame and fortune.

Enjoy this smart, autobiographical pop gem today.


About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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