Did you know this is the first time in this humble blog’s two and a half-year history that we’ve featured Culture Club? That’s a bit of a travesty which needs correcting, isn’t it?

“I’ll Tumble 4 Ya” was a 1982 U.S./Canada-only single release that became their third Top Ten hit off their debut, Kissing To Be Clever. For the b-side, the band chose “Mystery Boy”, which was actually a Japan-only a-side (its full title is “Mystery Boy [Suntori Hot Whiskey Song]”, which leads me to believe it was probably used in a television commercial there.). It’s all so very confusing, isn’t it?

“Mystery Boy” languished in obscurity for a couple of years…a say “a couple” because I’ll be darned if their 1984 hit “Miss Me Blind” isn’t a more fully fleshed out rewrite of “Mystery Boy”. Listen and judge for yourself.

“Mystery Boy” finally made it to CD when Colour By Numbers was re-mastered with bonus tracks in 2003. Why they placed it on their second album and not the first is one of those weird record company things, I suppose.

“Mystery Boy” was the b-side for “I’ll Tumble 4 Ya”.

Get Culture Club music at Amazon or on Culture Club.

Thanks to Baby Chutney for the vinyl!

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John C. Hughes

John C. Hughes began his Lost in the ’80s blog in 2005 and is now proud to be a member of the Popdose family, where he’s introduced LIT80s’s companions, the obviously named Lost in the ’70s and Lost in the ’90s, alongside the slightly more originally named Why You Should Like…

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