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Friday, October 27, 2023

Friday 80s Flashback for October 27, 2023

[40 Years of Karma] -- So, in the second week of October, I was torn between two records. The runner up has remained on my mind, and I figure that is reason enough to give it a chance as a featured record. Besides, it was released 40 years ago this month; just not 40 years ago this week. 


On October 10, 1983, Culture Club released their second studio album, Colour by Numbers. It was their most successful album, and it remains one of the most popular albums of the 1980s. Colour by Numbers peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200 and landed in the top 5 of many other countries. In the US, it had four hit singles, with "Karma Chameleon" topping out as a #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100. And while I cannot deny that track's hook, beat for beat, my favorite song on this album is "Church of the Poisoned Mind. 

Regarding the album's status as successful, Colour by Numbers has been certified triple platinum in the UK and quadruple platinum in the US. Writing for AllMusic, Jose F. Promis said of the album: "The songs were infectious, the videos were all over MTV, and the band was a media magnet." 

FlashbackColour by Numbers (October 10, 1983)

And that's all till next week. Dedicated 80s-philes can find more flashbacks in the Prophet or Madman archives or via Bookended's 80s Flashback tag. As always, your comments are welcome on today's, or any other, flashback post. And if you like what I'm doing here, please share the link with your friends. If, however, you don't like the flashback, feel free to share it with your enemies.

I'll see you in seven!

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