Church of the Poison Mind

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"Church of the Poison Mind"
Single by Culture Club
from the album Colour by Numbers
B-side "Man Shake",
"Mystery Boy",
"I'll Tumble 4 Ya"
Released 1 April 1983 (UK)
22 October 1983 (US)
Format 7"
Recorded 1983
Genre New wave
Length 3:32
Label Virgin Records
Epic Records (US)
Writer(s) Roy Hay, Boy George, Mikey Craig and Jon Moss
Producer(s) Steve Levine
Certification Gold (US, Canada)
Culture Club singles chronology
"I'll Tumble 4 Ya"
"Church of the Poison Mind"
"Karma Chameleon"

"Church of the Poison Mind" was a 1983 hit single for the British new wave band Culture Club. It was released as the lead single from their second - and most successful - album Colour by Numbers.

The song reached #2 in the United Kingdom, being kept out of the top spot by David Bowie's "Let's Dance".[1] It was also the band's fourth Top 10 hit in the United States and Canada. In America, it was still climbing the charts when "Karma Chameleon" was released as a single. This prompted Epic Records to release "Karma" ahead of schedule.

"Church of the Poison Mind" actually reached its peak position the same week "Karma Chameleon" debuted on the US charts. In many countries its B-side was the heavily percussive street song "Man Shake" and in some others, such as the United States, it was the song "Mystery Boy". Both songs were on the 12-inch single in many countries, except Canada, where it was issued with an extended version of previous hit "I'll Tumble 4 Ya".

Helen Terry sang backing vocals on the song.[2]

Track listing[edit]

7-inch record[edit]

A. "Church of the Poison Mind"
B. "Man Shake"

(Released in UK, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden)

A. "Church of the Poison Mind"
B. "Mystery Boy"

(Released in Peru, USA.)

12-inch record[edit]

A. "Church of the Poison Mind"
B1. "Mystery Boy"
B2. "Man Shake"

(Released at least in UK, Australia, Germany, Greece (different cover), Italy, Mexico.)

A. "Church of the Poison Mind"
B. "I'll Tumble 4 Ya" (extended dance mix)

(Released in Canada.)


Chart (1983) Peak
UK Singles Chart (United Kingdom) 2
Ö3 Austria Top 40 (Austria) 12
Ultratop (Belgium) 9
Canadian Singles Chart (Canada) 5
Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique (France) 43
Media Control Charts (Germany) 23
Irish Singles Chart (Ireland) 2
Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana (Italy) 12
MegaCharts (Netherlands) 11
Recorded Music NZ (New Zealand) 9
VG-lista (Norway) 11
Sverigetopplistan (Sweden) 13
US Billboard Hot 100 10


  1. ^ "Retro Charts". 16 March 2000. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Colour by Numbers - Culture Club | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". Retrieved 30 July 2016. 

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