Thursday, January 5, 2017

"It's a Miracle" by Culture Club

Song#:  1901
Date:  05/12/1984
Debut:  42
Peak:  13
Weeks:  13
Genre:  Pop, Blue-Eyed Soul

Pop Bits:  The band's second album Colour By Numbers was a major success that spawned three Top 10 hits including the #1 "Karma Chameleon." They tried to keep the momentum going with this fourth single. While it did well getting to #13, it stopped their streak of six consecutive US Pop Top 10's. Although that was a bit of a bummer, the song did well elsewhere getting to #8 at AC and #10 Dance. It also made a brief appearance on the R&B chart at #75. In the UK, the tune would reach #4.

ReduxReview:  This song had that fun feel of "I'll Tumble 4 Ya," but it was a slightly more mature and better song. I was a little surprised it missed out on the Top 10. It should have gotten in there to properly cap off the album. I'm just guessing that by the time this came out, the album was on the wane and folks were pretty much done with it and ready for something new. Regardless, it was the fourth solid single from a classic 80s LP.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Double Shot!  1) The original title for this song was "It's America." It was supposed to be about the band's first trip to the States, but the lyrics were revised and it became "It's a Miracle."  2)  The 12" single of this song contained two other tracks. One was a live version of "Love Twist," as song from their first LP, and the other was a live version of "Melting Pot," which was a cover of a UK 1969 #3 hit by the group Blue Mink. That band had four Top 10 hits in the UK, but couldn't get anywhere in the States. Their best effort was the 1970 #64 entry "Our World." "Melting Pot was co-written by Blue Mink member Roger Cook and his writing partner Roger Greenaway. Cook and Greenaway would go on to write hit songs for other artists including "Here Comes That Rainy Day Feelin' Again" (1971 US #15 by The Fortunes), "Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress" (1972 US #2 by The Hollies), and perhaps most famously they co-wrote the Coca-Cola jingle that became the hit song "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)." That tune would reach the US Pop chart twice in 1971 - #13 for The Hillside Singers (the ad version) and #7 for The New Seekers. The New Seekers version would reach #1 in the UK that same year.


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