Monday, October 17, 2016

"Miss Me Blind" by Culture Club

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  1821
Date:  03/03/1984
Debut:  40
Peak:  5
Weeks:  15
Genre:  Pop, Blue-Eyed Soul

Pop Bits:  Culture Club grabbed their biggest hit with the #1 "Karma Chameleon," the second single from their album Colour By Numbers. This follow-up debuted directly in the Top 40 and would end up reaching the Top 5. In doing so, it became their sixth consecutive Top 10 hit. Unfortunately, it would also be their last to get to that level on the chart.

ReduxReview:  This was another solid track from the album that was destined for the Top 10. For a change, I agree with the record label that this was the right single choice to release (see below). As much as I love "Victims," I really don't think it would have played well on radio here. Who knows. Perhaps it could have taken off, but I think the US audience liked their Boy George boppin' around and not being all sad and reflective. As a result of the choice, the Club grabbed one last Top 10 hit, which is certainly not a bad thing.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Double Shot!  1) In the UK, the single chosen to follow-up "Karma" was the stark ballad "Victims." It did very well getting to #3 on the chart. However, Culture Club's record label thought the song was too depressing for the US market and opted to release "Miss Me Blind" instead.  2) R&B singer Jermaine Stewart provided background vocals on this song. By chance, Stewart met Culture Club's Mickey Craig and after discovering Stewart's talent, Craig helped him with a demo tape. Stewart also got the chance to record with the band. Thanks to his new connections, Stewart got a record deal. It would take a few years, but he would end up with a Pop Top 10 later in 1986.


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