On this day thirty years ago, a song hit number one in the UK that represented the late, and perhaps decadent, phase of New Wave music: Culture Club with “Karma Chameleon.”

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.