Move Away

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"Move Away"
Single by Culture Club
from the album From Luxury to Heartache
B-side "Sexuality"
Released 1986
Format 7"
Recorded 1985–1986
Genre New wave, Pop
Length 4:22
Label Virgin Records
Epic Records (US)
Writer(s) O'Dowd/Hay/Moss/Craig/Pickett
Producer(s) Arif Mardin
Culture Club singles chronology
"Love Is Love"
"Move Away"
"God Thank You Woman"

"Move Away" is the first single from Culture Club's fourth album, 1986 From Luxury to Heartache. The song became the group's eighth top-ten hit on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number seven.[1] It reached number twelve on the Billboard Hot 100,[2] It was their best performing single in that country since "Miss Me Blind" and it was also their last chart success in USA and hit the top ten in many countries including Canada (#4), Italy (#10) and Australia (#10).

The song was seen as a kind of "comeback" for the group since it was following a year on hiatus. It divided their fanbase with its production, which was more synth-oriented and less organic. They worked with Arif Mardin (producer for Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin in the 80s). "Move Away" was the band's biggest-selling single from the album From Luxury to Heartache and the only single from the album to reach the top-ten in the UK and the top-twenty in the US.

The video-clip for the song, which cast Boy George and Jon Moss as silent film-stars racing cars across a black/white movie screen, was filmed at the Brixton Academy, London. George's friend Alice Temple can also be seen in the video.

The remix was a huge club hit in many clubs, especially in North America. This extended version was included on the cd version of From Luxury to Heartache and on many Culture Club remixes compilation. "Move Away" was Culture Club's last UK top 10 hit before 1998's "I Just Wanna Be Loved".

Track listing[edit]


A. Move Away
B. Sexuality (7" version (alternate mix))


Released at least in UK, Argentina, Australia, Spain, USA

A. Move Away (Extended Mix)
B. Sexuality (Tango Dub Remix Version)


Released as a clear vinyl with cardboard picture sleeve

A. Move Away
B. Sexuality

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1986) Peak
Belgian Singles Chart 7 7
Canadian Adult Contemporary Singles Chart[3] 8 7
Canadian Singles Chart[4] 15 16
Dutch Singles Chart[5] 16 7
French Singles Chart[6] 47 4
German Singles Chart[7] 21 13
Irish Singles Chart[8] 6 6
Italian Singles Chart[9] 10 ?
New Zealand Singles Chart[10] 16 11
Norwegian Singles Chart[11] 8 5
Swedish Singles Chart[12] 7 4
Swiss Singles Chart[13] 18 6
UK Singles Chart[14] 7 7
US Adult Contemporary Chart[15] 11 ?
US Billboard Hot 100[16] 12 14
US Dance/Club Play Singles[17] 4 11
US Hot Dance Music Sales[18] 8 ?
US R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart[19] 87 2


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