1984 Culture Club – It’s A Miracle
In 1981, Lieutenant Lush often sang with Bow Wow Wow in London’s Blitz Club. He then decided to start his own band using the stage name Boy George. He recruited three more musicians and that band became Culture Club.
EMI paid for the band to record a few demos but cast the band aside after they heard the results. Virgin Records then signed the band to a recording contract (and Epic Records picked them up in the US).
The band’s first two singles failed to even reach the top 100 in the UK, but things changed with their third single, Do You Really Want to Hurt Me. The record reached the top of the charts in 23 countries but stalled at #2 in the US thanks to Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean.
Culture Club had a lot of hit singles in 1982 and 1983. The band’s next four singles in the UK all reached the top three on the charts. Their record companies released several different singles in the US, but the band still managed to get five top ten singles there.
The band released It’s A Miracle as their second 1984 single. It peaked at #4 in the UK while only reaching #13 on the US Hot 100.
The video that was made for the song had the band running counter-clockwise around a game board on the floor. It almost qualifies as a clip show since pieces of earlier videos become activated as the band members circulated around the board.
By 1986, internal friction tore the band apart. They managed a reunion in 1998 that generated a new album and a few more hits in the UK before splitting up again.
It took years, but the band finally reunited and released a new album again in 2018.
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