Burbank: Zebra Marketing, 1985. Tall slim octavo, publisher's stapled photo-illustrated wraps.
Scarce tour program from Culture Club's 1985 tour in support of their third studio album, Waking Up With the House On Fire, which featured the hit singles "The War Song" and "Mistake No. 3." 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. "Culture Club's music is often pushed aside by the press, and a large amount of the attention is put upon Boy George's androgenous [sic] gender, but the boy does not fear musical dismissal because Culture Club's music is hot, and nobody has yet received a pair of women's undergarments as a bribe for purchasing the record... Love is the password" (from the endnotes, "It's a Clone War"). The "Let's Be Modern" tour was the band's last before dissolution in 1986, owing to the album and its successor's lackluster sales, tensions within the band, and George's accelerating drug addiction. Illustrated throughout with color and black-and-white photos and layouts; with "Multicultural Merchandise" order sheet of officially licensed CC merch, including big t-shirts, posters, headbands, wall tapestries and more. Fine. Item #2092