CULTURE CLUB ‘It’s American’ ETS 2529-30 + ‘It’s a miracle’ CC-831


Spot the letter/# sticker we know from UD/XL titles in its usual position.



“It’s A Miracle (Early dates played “It’s America”)” – so this is not a listening error mishearing “a miracle” for “American”.


Japan: 1983 – they also toured Japan for the first time that year.

Source: Culture Club on their When Cameras Go Crazy & first U.S. Tour. L.A., Hollywood Palladium, 11 March 1983.


Around the same time or a little bit later, a sort of unintended ‘companion-piece’ was produced with this European bootleg, supposedly recorded in Japan in 1983: It’s a miracle (R.O.S. Records, CC-831)


Also exists on purple PVC.

  1. Doinker said:

    Could this be an audio rip of the HBO simoulcast of their first US show in CA?

  2. Erik T said:

    If they were only pressing a few hundred copies of titles by the likes of Kiss and Ozzy (solid sellers a,one boot collectors), I wonder how many copies they were able to move of this Culture Club boot?
    I am pretty sure I have seen many of these titles when I was a kid in Montreal in the eighties. At least the metal ones. They were sold at a store called Rock en Stock, a Franglais pun of sorts. I briefly possessed the triple Scorpions album, one of the few times I bought and flipped a record. The typewriter track listings and generic tour program covers make me think these were strictly commercial endeavours as opposed to labours of love, as it were, but then why weren’t more copies pressed? After all the legwork between getting a tape, making a lacquer disc, making mothers and plates / stampers… Maybe some of these titles were released in greater numbers, anyone here have any info on the distribution of these? Were they available in your home towns? As I mentioned, this store Rock en Stock was selling them new in the mid to late eighties and they weren’t cheap.

    • Hi Erik, good question. As I have shown throughout the series, many of these were released in conjunction with the respective artist touring Japan roughly around this time.

      You can always tell which titles sold well, when there are copies with different labels (KISS EGOS AT STAKE) or with different colored covers, which I attribute to 1st & 2nd pressing (as I still do with the pressings that have these small letter/number combination stickers in the lower right).

      I’d love to know some anecdotes from the producer regarding the individual titles and exact pressing numbers but let’s face it that will not be very likely. To the best of my knowledge these were mostly sold through the KINNEY vinyl store in Tokyo.

  3. Erik T said:

    Now I see additional Culture Club boots… Crazy! I really didn’t think the bootleg record buyers in the eighties would have been big on Culture Club- nor Duran Duran for that matter- maybe younger kids were buying bootlegs in Japan… When I started buying them in grade 10, only a few fellow nerds dug the concept of illicit pressings of low fi recordings of old concerts by old bands… Maybe 12 year olds were buying Culture Club boots in Japan! Without commenting on the other Culture Club releases’ entries, I wanna say I like the covers on those fake TAKRL releases you just reviewed.
    I wonder why there are no Michael Jackson bootlegs from this era- he sold a trillion records, dwarfed Culture Club even at their peak… But I never heard of any Michael Jackson vinyl boots… Even though they toured Japan, had at least one Japanese tv special, one Japan-only live album, and, this might a surprise to some around here, they were a great live act. Tight backing bands everything, and only in the last hear I heard Erucu by Jermaine Jackson, I defy anyone to put down his bass playing after hearing his stuff from that era…
    You mentioned this famous record store in Tokyo- I wonder if you might feel inclined to write a post about this store, it’s relationship to vinyl releases, and what you know/ feel free to write about it.

    • And more Culture Club & Duran Duran bootlegs coming right up, Julian Lennon too. Clearly, while bootlegs were a vehicle for mostly male buyers to follow rock-oriented acts, this was different in Japan, right from the early days (think of the Suzy Quattro and Bay City Rollers titles produced there in ’76 & ’77). I like those fake TAKRL covers too, although if I never have to research Kajagoogoo ever again, I will be a happy man – clearly a rock bottom moment and post for me & the blog.

      Re. Micheal Jackson, keep in mind that he didn’t tour on his own until September 1987 and the Jackson Five toured Japan in 1973 (resulting in the IN JAPAN! album) but never toured Japan again, even under their new name. The MJ phenomenon simply happened at the tail end of vinyl bootlegs. There certainly are MJ vinyl bootlegs: The Rome and Turin concerts from ’88 were pressed as a double albums in Italy, as were six songs from Yokohama ’87 as a picture disc. Save for the odd ‘vinyl throwback’ such as a picture disc from Bucharest ’92, all other MJ live bootlegs were issued on CD from the early 90’s onward.

      In regards to that famous store, I know nothing about it than it’s vague location and its name and do to the language barrier trying to search engine it is futile.

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