Do You Really Want to Hurt Me

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"Do You Really Want to Hurt Me"
Single by Culture Club
from the album Kissing to Be Clever
Released

6 September 1982 (UK)

November, 1982 (US)
Genre New wave, blue-eyed soul, ska
Length 4:22
Label Virgin
Epic (US)
Writer(s) Culture Club
Producer(s) Steve Levine
Culture Club singles chronology
"Mystery Boy"
(Japan)
(1982)
"Do You Really Want to Hurt Me"
(1982)
"Time (Clock of the Heart)"
(1982)

"Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" is a song written and recorded by the British new wave band Culture Club. Released as a single in September 1982 (November 1982 in the United States) from the group's Platinum-selling debut album Kissing to Be Clever, it was the band's first #1 hit.

History[edit]

"Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" was the third single released in Europe by Culture Club and their debut release in the United States and Canada. The song was picked up by BBC Radio 2 and became a UK #1 single for three weeks in October 1982. The song entered the American Pop chart the week ending December 4, 1982. It hit #1 in Cash Box magazine and held at #2 for three weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in March and April 1983 (kept from the number one spot by Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean"). The single achieved sales of 900,000 US copies and also hit #1 in Canada.[1] It was also number one in Australia.

This was Culture Club's first success, after their first two releases, "White Boy" and "I'm Afraid of Me" charted in the UK at #114 and #100 respectively. According to Boy George, it was their last chance to get an album deal.

The song rose rapidly in the UK charts after the group's first appearance on Top of the Pops, which resulted in George's androgynous style of dress and sexual ambiguity making newspaper headlines. The group were only asked to appear on Top of the Pops the night before the show, after Shakin' Stevens pulled out.[2]

In a retrospective review, Allmusic journalist Jose F. Promis described "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" as "a simple masterpiece, resonating with an ache that harked back to the classic torch songs of yesteryear."[3]

In 2007, Boy George said that the song was "not just about Culture Club's drummer Jon Moss, my boyfriend at the time. It was about all the guys I dated at that time in my life."[2]

The B-side was a dub version featuring Pappa Weasel in many countries and "You Know I'm Not Crazy" on the US release. On the 12" version of the record, the track "Love Is Cold (You Were Never No Good)" was also included.

Remixes[edit]

The song was remixed by DJs Quivver and Kinky Roland in 1998 for a Culture Club compilation called Greatest Moments and the single "I Just Wanna Be Loved". It was also remixed and presented on Culture Club's 2002 box set along with the original demo version.

Re-released as a reggaeton remix in France, it was again a top 20 hit in the summer of 2005.

Music video[edit]

The video for the song featured lead singer Boy George on trial in a courtroom, with flashbacks to a 1936 nightclub and a 1957 health club. The jury was in blackface making jazz hands gestures. One band member, Mikey Craig, was not in the video, and was replaced by his brother Greg.

Boy George wears a shirt with the Hebrew writing "Tarbut Agudda" (תַּרְבּוּת אֲגֻדָּה), an incorrect translation of the band's name.[citation needed]

Track listings[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Order of precedence
Preceded by
"Pass the Dutchie" by Musical Youth
UK Singles Chart number-one single
17 October 1982 – 6 November 1982
Succeeded by
"I Don't Wanna Dance" by Eddy Grant
Australian Kent Music Report number-one single
27 December 1982 – 31 January 1983
Succeeded by
"Gloria" by Laura Branigan
Preceded by
"Starmaker" by Kids from Fame
Irish Singles Chart number-one single
31 October 1982
Succeeded by
"Starmaker" by Kids from Fame
Preceded by
"Words" by F. R. David
German Singles Chart number-one single
10 December 1982 – 21 January 1983
Succeeded by
"Major Tom (Völlig Losgelöst)" by Peter Schilling
Preceded by
"Come on Eileen"
by Dexys Midnight Runners and The Emerald Express
Swiss Singles Chart number-one single (first run)
12 December 1982 – 9 January 1983
Succeeded by
"Pass the Dutchie" by Musical Youth
Preceded by
"Heartbreaker" by Dionne Warwick
Swedish Singles Chart number-one single
11 January 1983 – 25 January 1983
Succeeded by
"Our House" by Madness
Preceded by
"Weil i di mog" by Relax
Austrian Singles Chart number-one single
15 January 1983 – 15 February 1983
Succeeded by
"Major Tom (völlig losgelöst)" by Peter Schilling
Preceded by
"Pass the Dutchie" by Musical Youth
Swiss Singles Chart number-one single (second run)
23 January 1983
Succeeded by
"I Don't Wanna Dance" by Eddy Grant
Preceded by
"Sexual Healing" by Marvin Gaye
Canadian RPM number-one single
5 March 1983 – 12 March 1983
Succeeded by
"Hungry Like the Wolf" by Duran Duran

Blue Lagoon version[edit]

"Do You Really Want to Hurt Me"
Single by Blue Lagoon
from the album Club Lagoon
B-side Extended version
Released February 13, 2005
Format CD single
CD maxi
Length 3:29
Label Kon$um, SME
Writer(s) Michael Craig
Roy Hay
Jon Moss
George O'Dowd
Producer(s) Felix J. Gauder
Blue Lagoon singles chronology
"Break My Stride"
(2004)
"Do You Really Want to Hurt Me"
(2005)
"Heartbreaker"
(2005)

The song was covered in 2005 by German band Blue Lagoon on its album Club Lagoon and became a hit in Europe.

Track listings[edit]

CD single
  1. "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" (radio edit) — 3:29
  2. "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" (extended version) — 4:59

Charts[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
Austrian Singles Chart[20] 21
Danish Singles Chart[21] 11
German Singles Chart[6] 13
Swedish Singles Chart[22] 29
Swiss Singles Chart[23] 32

Other cover versions[edit]

  • In 2014, singer-songwriter Rachael Yamagata released a cover version of the song on the multi-artist compilation album Here Comes The Reign Again: The Second British Invasion.[24]
  • In 1987, the reggae group the Heptones released a cover version on their album Changing Times[25]
  • In 1991, the Violent Femmes released a cover version of the song in their fifth studio album Why Do Birds Sing?.
  • In 1997, singer-songwriter Diana King covered the song for her second album Think Like a Girl.
  • In 2003, singer-songwriter Melanie Safka covered the song for her album Moments from My Life.
  • In 2006, singer-songwriter Thomas Anders covered the song for his album Songs Forever.
  • In 2007 Kate Ceberano recorded a version for her Nine Lime Avenue album.
  • In 2008, Karen Souza covered the song for the album Jazz and the 80s.
  • In 2010, Amanda Lear recorded a dance version for her 2010 album Brief Encounters Reloaded.
  • In 1997, Shortcut recorded a dance-reggae version that appeared in the albums, Super Mario Hits and Total Thrill. Both contain various artists songs.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Flashback: October 1982". Guardian. 14 October 2007. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Promis, Jose F. "Kissing to Be Clever - Culture Club : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me", Austrian Singles Chart Austriancharts.at (Retrieved 17 July 2008)
  5. ^ "Toutes les Chansons N° 1 des Années 80". SNEP (in French). Infodisc.fr. Retrieved 12 April 2012. 
  6. ^ a b German Singles Chart Charts-surfer.de (Retrieved 17 July 2008)
  7. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved 17 July 2008)
  8. ^ "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me", Norwegian Singles Chart Norwegiancharts.com (Retrieved 17 July 2008)
  9. ^ "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me", Swedish Singles Chart Swedishcharts.com (Retrieved 17 July 2008)
  10. ^ "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me", Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch (Retrieved 17 July 2008)
  11. ^ "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me", UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved 17 July 2008)
  12. ^ a b c d Billboard allmusic.com (Retrieved 17 July 2008)
  13. ^ "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me", Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved 17 July 2008)
  14. ^ "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me", French Singles Chart Lescharts.com (Retrieved 17 July 2008)
  15. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Culture Club – Do You Really Want to Hurt Me". Music Canada. 
  16. ^ "French single certifications – Culture Club – Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" (in French). InfoDisc.  Select CULTURE CLUB and click OK
  17. ^ "Les Singles en Or :" (in French). Infodisc.fr. Retrieved 1 April 2012. 
  18. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Culture Club; 'Do You Really Want to Hurt Me')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  19. ^ "British single certifications – Boy George & Culture Club – Karma Chameleon". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Karma Chameleon in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Click Go
  20. ^ "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me", by Blue Lagoon, Austrian Singles Chart Austriancharts.at (Retrieved 17 July 2008)
  21. ^ "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me", by Blue Lagoon, Danish Singles Chart Danishcharts.com (Retrieved 17 July 2008)
  22. ^ "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me", by Blue Lagoon, Swedish Singles Chart Swedishcharts.com (Retrieved 17 July 2008)
  23. ^ "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me", by Blue Lagoon, Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch (Retrieved 17 July 2008)
  24. ^ https://currycuts.bandcamp.com/track/do-you-really-want-to-hurt-me
  25. ^ Anon. "Reggae Reviews: The Heptones". Retrieved 10 October 2013. 

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