Wednesday, January 13, 2016

"I'll Tumble 4 Ya" by Culture Club

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  1519
Date:  07/02/1983
Debut:  64
Peak:  9
Weeks:  16
Genre:  Pop, New Wave

Pop Bits:  Culture Club scored their second #2 hit with "Time (Clock of the Heart)" from the US version of their debut album Kissing to Be Clever. Having already released three singles from the LP in the UK plus "Time," that market was pretty much done with Kissing. However, the US was still enthralled with the Club and that prompted this third single that would only be released to the North American market. It ended up being a smart move with the single going Top 10 at Pop, #14 Dance, #33 AC, and #70 R&B.

ReduxReview:  While not nearly as brilliant as their first two US singles, this is still a fun song that has an unrelenting hook. It was a perfect upbeat follow-up. I admit that after hearing it on the radio so many times, the song really wore on me. However, enough time has past to where I can enjoy the tune again.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  With this single, Culture Club was the first band since the Beatles to score three Top 10 hits from their US debut album. Introducing...The Beatles was issued on the Vee-Jay label in January of 1964. Over the next few months, three songs included on the LP reached the Top 10:  "Twist and Shout" (#2) along with "Love Me Do" (#1), and its b-side "P.S. I Love You" (#10). Although Introducing was the first official Beatles album released in the US, their first album for the Capitol label, Meet the Beatles, beat it to the album chart by a week and went to #1. It ended up blocking Introducing from the top spot, which had to settle for a #2 showing.


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