Culture Club Title: Karma Chameleon / That’s the Way

Format: 7″

Label: Virgin/Epic

Country: US

Year: 1983

Price paid: $1

Location purchased: Square Records, Akron OH

“Loving would be easy if your colours were like my dreams: red, gold, and green, red, gold, and green.”

‘Karma Chameleon’ is the first single off of Culture Club’s second album, ‘Colour by Numbers.’ It was an instant international hit, going to number one in 16 countries including the US (gold) and UK (where it was the best selling single of 1983.) More impressive still it’s considered one of the best-selling singles ever, having sold some five million global copies.

The song was performed by the band on an episode of ‘The A-Team.’

Cover photography was done by David Levine, who photographed many other 80s artists such as The Cure, Siouxsie, and Kylie Minogue.

*Fun FactThere’s a Sex Pistols connection here. Boy George was approached by Malcolm McLaren to play with Bow Wow Wow, which he did, performing as ‘Lieutenant Lush.’ Annabella Lwin (the band’s lead singer) wasn’t crazy about the idea so he left to form his own band with Mikey Craig and Jon Moss (Moss had previously worked with The Damned and Adam and the Ants.)

Boy George meets Mr. T. Does it get any more 80s than this?

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