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Music / Colour by Numbers

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I say you'll miss me, and you always do.
I say you'll miss me. Now would I lie to you?
There's a loving in your eyes all the way
If I listened to your lies, would you say

I'm a man without conviction
I'm a man who doesn't know
How to sell a contradiction
You come and go
You come and go
"Karma Chameleon"

Colour by Numbers is the second studio album by British New Wave band Culture Club. It was released through Virgin Records in the United Kingdom, and Epic Records in the United States, on 10 October 1983.

The album solidified stardom for the band, as it hit #1 on the Official Charts Company album chart, and #2 on the Billboard 200 album chart. It went triple-Platinum in the United Kingdom, and quadruple-Platinum in the United States, selling over 10 million copies worldwide.

The global singles from this album were "Church of the Poison Mind", "Karma Chameleon", and "It's a Miracle". "Victims" was released in the UK only, while "Miss Me Blind" was a US exclusive. All five were massive hits, with "Karma Chameleon" being their first #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and their second #1 on the UK Pop chart.

All the singles would have music videos on MTV. The music video for "Karma Chameleon" was especially notable, being set in the late 19th century on a Mississippi River riverboat.


Side one

  1. "Karma Chameleon" – 4:12
  2. "It's a Miracle" – 3:25
  3. "Black Money" – 5:19
  4. "Changing Every Day" – 3:17
  5. "That's the Way (I'm Only Trying to Help You)" – 2:45

Side two

  1. "Church of the Poison Mind" – 3:30
  2. "Miss Me Blind" – 4:30
  3. "Mister Man" – 3:36
  4. "Stormkeeper" – 2:46
  5. "Victims" – 4:55

2003 CD bonus tracks

  1. "Man-Shake" – 2:34
  2. "Mystery Boy" (Suntory Hot Whiskey Song) – 3:33
  3. "Melting Pot" – 4:31
  4. "Colour by Numbers" – 3:57
  5. "Romance Revisited" – 5:00

Principal members

  • Boy George – vocals
  • Mikey Craig – bass guitar
  • Roy Hay – guitar, piano, keyboards, sitar, electric sitar
  • Jon Moss – percussion, drums

Tropes of the Poison Mind: