Tuesday, 12 February 2008

Gorgeous, George…

This isn’t what I had planned for today but I’ve just read this post about slowies and it brought this song to mind. Can’t argue at all with Lee’s choice of songs or add anything to what he says. Except…

Sometimes a DJ would throw in a less obvious song with varying results. One that worked for me was Colour By Numbers by Culture Club, the b-side of Victims. Despite its title it didn’t originally appear on the Colour By Numbers album but it is on one of the CD re-issues, which is good because it deserves to be heard. Less overwrought than its a-side, the uncluttered production puts the focus on George’s singing and he’s in great voice.

mp3: Culture Club - Colour By Numbers (1983) (Buy)

The picture above is a partial scan of the poster that came with the single, hence the fold lines.

13 comments:

Davy H said...

Well that is an innovative choice of 'slowie' - I certainly, erm, experienced 'Victims' back in the day, but not this. In fact, I've never heard it before. Nice one Michael.

In other news today - I got my old Technics turntable working with Audacity so I fart in ze face of ION USB mallarkey, and am off and running with vinyl rips. How exciting.

Mick said...

It is nice, isn't it.

I was at one of those alternative nights once and the DJ played Japans Night Porter, which wasn't so successful. Great song and all but it didn’t work in that context.

I experimented recording through my sound card and it always sounded awful, presumably because my sound card isn’t that great, so rather than buy a new turntable and sound card I went for the cheap option. Glad it worked for you though. Let’s hear some of that old school vinyl…

Davy H said...

I did notice the quality of my first few experiments wasn't up to RTVA standards - thought it must be me or the 'levels' or something...so you might have a point. I'd used my not very posh laptop, so maybe I'll try the desktop PC instead...experimenty experimenty...Of course, it might just be that I need a new bloody stylus...

Mick said...

That's the nice thing about the USB turntable - it's pretty much plug 'n' play. My old turntable sounded better though, so one day I'd like to get a higher end one and a really good sound card and Son of RTVA could be born.

Don't hold your breath though...

I Am Not The Beatles said...

Hiya Mick - Well, I haven't heard that for ages, there are certain parts of Culture Club that have aged very well - of which that is one.

Coincidentally, I have just posted the terrifying truth of What Jon Moss Did Next :

http://www.iamnotthebeatles.com/?p=395

I am not even going to start talking about how I rip my 8p vinyl things over at I Am Not the Beatles, it doesn't involve USB at all - it's all very (ahem) manual to say the least...

The Vinyl District said...

Forgive me, but I actually really DID like CC...well, at least the first 2 LPs...

londonlee said...

Me too, Color By Numbers is a terrific album.

The laptop I do my vinyl recording on up and died the other day for some reason. I think I've got enough stuff already recorded to keep me going for a bit though.

londonlee said...

Aaaaagh... that should be 'Colour By Numbers'

I've lived in the States for too long.

Crash Calloway said...

'Church of the Poisoned Mind', the 12" version, insinuated its way onto virtually every compilation I made around that time. I will rip and post it when I'm techinically back up and running next week.

Mick said...

Sorry chaps, but Blogger hasn't been notifying me when comments have been left for the last day or so, so I didn't realise this post had generated so many comments and I'm glad they're all positive.

Lee, your slowie post inspired this one but you should be ashamed of your spelling - there's realy no defense..

Mick said...

er..for realy read really..

Anonymous said...

Nice choice, this is a great song and they should have included it on the original album.. very atmospheric and one of those songs that I used to play on headphones late at night, when the mellow mood stuck, and would play it over and over and over, back to back. Culture Club had a habit of recording songs that became the title of the album, but the the song itself never appeared on the album - Kissing to Be Clever, From Luxury To Heartache and Color by Numbers. The only one of the original four albums that did not follow this pattern was Waking Up With The house On Fire album.

Thanks for all the great, interesting, rare stuff you post, keep up the great work :)

Anonymous said...

dude.. this is a brilliant song, great production, and it's a crime that they didn't include it on the album at the time.

This is one of those songs that when I first heard it, I had to play it over and over and over like a mental patient... and I still do LOL I can't listen to it once.. have to play it like 20 times in a row :)