I Want Your Sex

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"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 (1987-06-01)
Format 7", 12", CD
Recorded 1987
Genre Synthpop, funk
Length 4:44 (Part 1)
4:38 (Part 2)
3:48 (Part 3)
13:10 (All mixed parts)
Label Epic - LUST 1
Writer(s) George Michael
Producer(s) George Michael
George Michael singles chronology
"I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)"
(1987)
"I Want Your Sex"
(1987)
"Hard Day"
(1987)
Alternative covers
Dutch 7-Inch single cover

"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 was originally 13 minutes long. For its commercial release, it was mixed into three separate versions called "Rhythms". The first one, subtitled "Lust", is the version released as a single and banned by the BBC. It appears both on Faith and the Beverly Hills Cop II soundtrack. The second, subtitled "Brass in Love", is the B-side of the "Lust" Rhythm, and appears on Faith. A third section, "A Last Request", appears in three places, one being the 12" single of the song, one as a b-side to the "Hard Day" single (note that "Hard Day" is the b-side for the "I Want Your Sex" single, too), and on the CD Faith as a bonus track.

Chart performance[edit]

"I Want Your Sex" became George Michael's second post-Wham! hit single around the world after the song "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)", his duet with Aretha Franklin from earlier that same year.

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.[1]

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.

Music video[edit]

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.

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.

Charts and certifications[edit]

Track listing[edit]

7": Epic / LUST 1 (UK)[edit]

  1. "I Want Your Sex" (Rhythm 1 Lust) – 4:44
  2. "I Want Your Sex" (Rhythm 2 Brass in Love) – 4:43

12": Epic / LUST T1 (UK)[edit]

  1. "I Want Your Sex" (Monogamy Mix) – 13:12
    • "Rhythm 1 Lust"
    • "Rhythm 2 Brass in Love"
    • "Rhythm 3 A Last Request"
  2. "Hard Day" – 4:51

CD: Epic / CD LUST 1 (UK)[edit]

  1. "I Want Your Sex" (Monogamy Mix) – 13:12
    • "Rhythm 1 Lust"
    • "Rhythm 2 Brass in Love"
    • "Rhythm 3 A Last Request"

CD: Epic / 654 601-3 (UK)[edit]

  1. "I Want Your Sex" (Parts 1 & 2) – 9:13
  2. "A Different Corner" – 3:59
  3. "Careless Whisper" (Extended mix) – 6:30
  • released in 1989

Cover versions[edit]

It was also covered by Big Daddy in 1991.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "RPM Top 100 Singles of 1987". 
  2. ^ a b c d e f George Michael - I Want Your Sex (song). Retrieved May 6, 2011.
  3. ^ Top Singles - Volume 46, No. 24, September 19 1987. Retrieved May 6, 2011.
  4. ^ Nederlandse Top 40. Retrieved May 6, 2011.
  5. ^ Single-Chartverfolgung. Retrieved May 6, 2011.
  6. ^ The Irish Charts. Retrieved May 6, 2011.
  7. ^ Hit Parade Italia. Retrieved May 6, 2011.
  8. ^ Listas de Afyve. Retrieved May 6, 2011.
  9. ^ Top 75 Releases. Retrieved May 6, 2011.
  10. ^ Billboard singles. Retrieved May 6, 2011.
  11. ^ a b I Want Your Sex - George Michael. Retrieved May 6, 2011.
  12. ^ Canadian Certifications. Retrieved May 6, 2011.
  13. ^ Goud/Platina Muziek. Retrieved May 6, 2011.
  14. ^ Gold & Platinum: Searchable Database. Retrieved May 6, 2011.

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