Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Culture Club 'It's A Miracle'

Chart Peak: 4


And speaking of Culture Club...

Actually, this is the third consecutive Culture Club single to show up on a Now album, after their two contributions to the first volume. Like the previous two it's from their biggest album Colour By Numbers. Unlike a lot of Now 2, 'It's A Miracle' is a track I can definitely remember hearing a lot at the time. I don't remember hearing it all that much afterwards.

As is often the case, I'm not really all that sure what this song is about: for obvious reasons, their lyrics tend towards the coded. The opening lyric "Guns that cross the street/ You never know who you might meet" sets a slightly fearful tone that isn't really followed up (and is in any case totally disguised by Steve Levine's polished-stone production) and the rest seems, at least on the face of it, to trot out slightly hackneyed images of Hollywood; "Dance with the counterfeit/ The plastic smiles and micro heat", "Monroe was there/ But do you really care?" although of course it'd be risky to assume that Boy George thought being counterfeit was entirely a bad thing. The music is perky but has a slightly flailing quality about the chorus, as if there may have been some struggle to come up with it.

Meanwhile, the video's depiction of the band's career as a board game has an ironic air of swansong about it, and although they kept going for quite a while the peak of their success had already passed by now. They're not really my bag, but I can appreciate this is one of their more solid singles.

Also appearing on: Now 1, 4, 41, 43
Available on: The Best of Culture Club

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