It was my sister who discovered this song first. She was a big Culture Club fan, from “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me.” I heard the song, thought they sounded good, but wasn’t a big fan like she was. That all changed when “Time (Clock Of The Heart) was released. It wasn’t too long after that their debut album Kissing To Be Clever, was in our home.
The members of Culture Club (George “Boy George” O’Dowd, Roy Hay, Mikey Craig and Jon Moss) practically hit the ground running in the U.S. with the release of their first single. “Time (Clock Of The Heart)” was the second of six consecutive top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100. In fact, of the ten charted singles by the group, only one missed the Top 20. From 1982-1986, Culture Club was one of the hottest acts in pop.
This one, I haven’t heard in quite a while. The station that plays at my job generally doesn’t play a lot of Culture Club. I’ll hear “Karma Chameleon” or on a rare occasion, “Miss Me Blind.” Not much else though. And unless I’m hearing the 80s station on my satellite radio, there’s just about no chance I’ll hear any of those songs. What I will say is that it is good to hear this one again; it reminds me of that time when MTV was playing actual videos all the time, and pop songs were on my radar just as much as the R&B ones.
I hope you enjoy Culture Club today, and as always, a thank you for reading and listening.