flashback karma chameleon culture club
If you’re a man (or a woman) without conviction, take a step back in time to 1982 and dream of red, gold, and green while admiring the sheer lunacy of Culture Club’s Karma Chameleon music video.
The genre was New Wave and the Boy was named George.
Sure, you may have enjoyed repeating the word “Karma” over and over again while singing along to the bouncy hit, but did you ever really have any idea what the song was about?
Well, as per Wikipedia:
In an interview, Culture Club front man, Boy George said: "The song is about the terrible fear of alienation that people have, the fear of standing up for one thing. It's about trying to suck up to everybody.
Basically, if you aren't true, if you don't act like you feel, then you get Karma-justice, that's nature's way of paying you back.
So, if you don’t feel like the video is wonderfully wacky, then perhaps that’s Karma with your ass in its teeth.
Anyhow, a video recap: flashback karma chameleon culture club
It begins at a swampy Mississippi Lake in 1870. Old fashioned outfits abound and seemingly fancy townspeople are swaying and dancing to the music of Culture Club.
Maybe it’s just me, but Boy George seemed a tad out of place.
As for George, he looks like Raggedy Ann on meth, in a nutshell.
Though, his 80s makeup is dead on.
The townspeople seem to enjoy him however, particularly most of the men who may just play for his “team.”
Alas! The steam boat. flashback karma chameleon culture club
All the folks hop aboard a steamboat and relax with glasses of hard liquor and play cards.
George seems to be riding alongside in a tug boat, still singing… “Every day is like survival…”
Soon, a jewelry thief is busted aboard ship and taken to walk the plank to his ultimate demise.
Cheers everywhere! flashback karma chameleon culture club
Can Can dancers do their thang and the boat again sets sail.
Naturally, it’s named the “Karma Chameleon.”
If your love for Culture Club is an addiction, take a peek at this Flashback Friday video.
Be a lover, not a rival.