Christmas Compendium Track 21:

Peak UK Chart Position: #3 in December 1983.
Christmas Chart Position: #3.

Taken from their second album “Colour By Numbers”, it was at number four on this day in 1983, climbing from number eleven where it had entered the previous week. Crowning off a very successful year for them, “Church Of The Poison Mind” had got to number two, and “Karma Chameleon” had been a number one single, both from the same album. “Victims” changed the tempo somewhat, virtually comprising only piano, occasional minimal orchestration, and Boy George’s vocals for the first two-and-a-half minutes until the drums and Helen Terry’s soaring backing vocals¬†enter. Excellent to hear again.

Quick facts:

  • As with most early Culture Club singles, the song is about Boy George’s then publicly unknown and rather turbulent relationship with drummer Jon Moss.
  • The single was not released in the United States, Canada or Japan, where they released “Miss Me Blind” instead; reportedly, Epic records felt that the song was too depressing to be a single for the US market.
  • It was a bigger hit in Ireland and Italy, where it reached number two.
  • The two songs that charted higher for Christmas 1983 were “My Oh My” by Slade at two, and “Only You” by the Flying Pickets at number one.

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