I Want Your Sex
|"I Want Your Sex"|
|Single by George Michael|
|from the album Faith and Beverly Hills Cop II Soundtrack|
|B-side||"I Want Your Sex"
(Rhythm 2: Brass In Love)
|Released||June 1, 1987|
|Format||7", 12", CD|
|Length||4:44 (Part 1)
4:38 (Part 2)
3:48 (Part 3)
13:10 (Monogamy Mix)
|Label||Epic - LUST 1|
|George Michael singles chronology|
"I Want Your Sex" is a song by English singer-songwriter George Michael. Released as a single in June 1987, it was the third hit from the soundtrack to Beverly Hills Cop II and the first single from Michael's then-upcoming Faith album.
The song has three separate parts dubbed "Rhythms." The first one, titled "Rhythm One: Lust", is the version released as a single and banned by the BBC. It appears by itself on the Beverly Hills Cop II soundtrack, and mixed with the second version, titled "Rhythm Two: Brass in Love", on Faith. The second version also appears by itself as the B-side of the single. A third part, "Rhythm Three: A Last Request", appears as a b-side to the "Hard Day" 7" and "Kissing A Fool" 12" singles, and on the CD version of Faith as a bonus track. All three versions were mixed continuously as one 13 minute song for the 12" single release.
Although it is one of Michael's biggest hits, the song has been largely ignored by him; he has not performed it since the Faith World Tour and it does not appear on the 2006 retrospective TwentyFive (although the Rhythm Two version appears on Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael).
The video featured George Michael's girlfriend at the time (make-up artist Kathy Jeung) to emphasize that he was in a monogamous relationship; at one point, he is shown using lipstick to write the words "explore" and "monogamy" on her back. A Spanish model was also used for naked scenes in a way that allowed the audience to assume they were the same woman; these shots are interspersed with intentionally blurred footage of George Michael dancing and singing the song.
The music video for "I Want Your Sex" generated controversy over its sexual themes, which were a very big deal at the time. In 2002, MTV2's countdown of MTV's Most Controversial Videos Ever to Air on MTV included the video for "I Want Your Sex" at #3. The originally video cut appears on the TwentyFive compilation 2-DVD set.
Despite censorship and airplay issues, a censored version of the song's music video received ample airplay on North American music channels, fueling its popularity there. The single eventually reached #2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, the week of August 8, 1987, behind "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" by U2. Moreover, the single remained in the Top 10 for six weeks and the Top 40 for a total of 14 weeks, becoming one of the most popular dance-pop singles of the summer of 1987. It also climbed to #2 in Canada, where it ended up becoming the 13th most popular single of the year.
The song charted up to #3 in Britain, where the song's reprise maintained an audience for many years thanks to BBC Radio 1 breakfast show host Simon Mayo using a looped version as backing music for his daily feature On This Day in History.
Charts and certifications
- A. "I Want Your Sex" (Rhythm 1 Lust) – 4:44
- B. "I Want Your Sex" (Rhythm 2 Brass in Love) – 4:43
- 12" / CD
- A. "I Want Your Sex" (Monogamy Mix) – 13:12
- "Rhythm 1 Lust"
- "Rhythm 2 Brass in Love"
- "Rhythm 3 A Last Request"
- B. "Hard Day" – 4:51
- CD - 654 601-3 (UK) 
- "I Want Your Sex" (Parts 1 & 2) – 9:13
- "A Different Corner" – 3:59
- "Careless Whisper" (Extended mix) – 6:30\
- Rhythm 1: Lust – 4:44
- Rhythm 2: Brass in Love – 4:43
- Rhythm 3: A Last Request - 3:48
- Monogamy Mix – 13:12
- Freemasons Club Mix - 10:06
- Freemasons Club Instrumental - 10:06
- Freemasons Club Remix - 7:26
- Freemasons Edit - 3:53
- Freemasons Club Mix Edit - 3:45
- Freemasons Remix - 6:51
- Freemasons Vocal Club Remix - 8:07
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