Waking Up with the House on Fire [Bonus Tracks]

Waking Up with the House on Fire [Bonus Tracks]

by Culture ClubCulture Club

CD(Bonus Tracks)

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The career of Boy George and Culture Club had been on a steady upward climb for two years by the fall of 1984, so the group had every reason to expect that its third album, Waking Up with the House on Fire, would enjoy similar success, but it was not to be. The leadoff single, "The War Song," put off many fans, but the problem may have been less the music on Waking Up, which was typically frothy and propulsive, than the passing of a fad. By late 1984, Boy George had been sideswiped in the image department by Michael Jackson, Prince, and Madonna. So, while it's true that Waking Up didn't contain any song as catchy as "Karma Chameleon," the album's real failure was one of timing. Two of the more interesting cuts are the vintage R&B "Crime Time" and the upbeat and soulful "Mannequin," blending Beach Boys-esque vocal harmonies with a distinctly Carolina beach and shag flavor. [The 2003 CD reissue hosts four bonuses consisting of the single-only "La Cancion de Guerra," "Love Is Love," "The Dream," and "Don't Go Down That Street." Also included is a 12-page liner booklet with lyrics as well as reproductions of 7" and 12" picture sleeves and photos from the highly stylistic cover art.] ~ William Ruhlmann & Lindsay Planer

Product Details

Release Date: 10/07/2003
Label: Virgin Records Us
UPC: 0724359240626
catalogNumber: 92406

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Culture Club   Primary Artist
Mikey Craig   Bass,Group Member
Imogen Exton   Background Vocals
Steve Grainger   Saxophone
Roy Hay   Synthesizer,Guitar,Group Member
Alice Kemp   Background Vocals
Kenneth McGregor   Trombone
Nancy Peppers   Background Vocals
Phil Pickett   Piano,Background Vocals
Louis Rogers   Background Vocals
Martin Sunley   Background Vocals
Helen Terry   Background Vocals
Tara Thomas   Background Vocals
Clare Torry   Background Vocals
Andriana Loizou   Background Vocals
Alanda Marchant   Background Vocals
Jon Moss   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Derrick Green   Background Vocals
Ron Williams   Trumpet
Christopher Rainbow   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Culture Club   Composer
Mikey Craig   Composer
Roy Hay   Composer
Steve Levine   Producer
Gordon Milne   Engineer
Jon Moss   Composer,drum programming
Connie Jude   Cover Illustration,Sleeve Illustration
George O'Dowd   Composer

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