First Hit #1: February 4, 1984
Boy George is one of those people that can an inspire an intense hatred for his music, but I’ve never been able to figure out why. Most of that hatred is centered around a previous hit – Do You Really Want to Hurt Me, which hit #2 – but the man and his Culture Club can inspire people to get angry for no obvious reason. Since we’re focused on the number ones, let’s look at Karma Chameleon. It’s actually pretty fun, musically, lots of nifty little harmonica bits and a great beat that admittedly does have a “kids show about a swamp” vibe to it. The lyrics are a bit less bright and cheery, but it wouldn’t work without a cheery arrangement, given that the song is about a man who is subverting his personality to please everyone. It’s not ambiguously bright, but it’s a fun little pop song and I really enjoy it whenever it pops up.