Hollywood: Zebra/Culture Club, 1984. Slim quarto, publisher's stapled photo-illustrated wraps.
Scarce tour program from Culture Club's 1984 world tour in support of their second studio album, Colour By Numbers, which featured the hit singles "Church of the Poison Mind" and "Karma Chameleon." Culture Club, so-named for its multi-racial, multi-confessional, multi-amorous personnel, emerged in the glam-infused New Romantic club scene in London in the early 1980s, with charismatic frontman Boy George (formerly Lieutenant Lush) fusing the styles of influences Siouxsie Sioux and Leigh Bowery into his own signtaure androgynous look. Their third single, "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me," was a smash hit, earning them their first number one record, with the music video going into heavy rotation amid MTV's ascendency, simultaneously assuring and fueling the band's controversial visibility. "It is said that love and hate amount to the same thing. If this is true then feel the energy, if not, any feeling however reactionary is better than none. Pop music...is based somewhere between natural instinct and blatant naivety then [sic] Culture Club make black and white pop 4 child's ears and the best way to listen is with innocence or at least an open mind" (from the endnotes, not credited but written in the first-person voice of Boy George). The tour, which occurred during the spring and summer and took in North America, Japan and Australia, ended in exhaustion and the rushed release of the band's third album, Waking Up With the House On Fire, a commercial and critical disappointment, and accelerated George's drug addiction, followed barely two years later by the band's demise. Illustrated throughout with color photos and layouts; with black-and-white "Multiculture Merchandise" order sheet of officially licensed CC merch, including t-shirts, calendars, buttons, keychains, and handmade dolls(!). Fine. Item #2091