We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off

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"We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off"
Single by Jermaine Stewart
from the album Frantic Romantic
B-side Brilliance
Released July 27, 1986
Format 7" single, 12" single
Recorded 1985
Genre R&B, Pop
Length 4:54 (album version)
4:38/4:04 (edited single versions)
Label Arista, Virgin Records, 10 Records
Writer(s) Narada Michael Walden, Preston Glass
Producer(s) Narada Michael Walden
Jermaine Stewart singles chronology
"I Like It"
(1985)
"We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off"
(1986)
"Frantic Romantic"/"Versatile"
(1986)
Alternative Cover
UK 12" cover of "We Don't Have To...".

"We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off" (released in the United Kingdom as "We Don't Have To...") is pop vocalist Jermaine Stewart's first of three singles from 1986. The song was included on Stewart's second album Frantic Romantic. "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off" remains Stewart's biggest commercial success in both America and Europe.

The song acquired a great deal of success after being used on hit 1980s television show Miami Vice, and reached number 2 on the UK and Canadian chart, as well as going to number 5 in the U.S. This was Stewart's biggest hit in these countries.

Background[edit]

"We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off" was written by Narada Michael Walden and Preston Glass. Walden is a well-known American producer, drummer, singer, and songwriter.

The single seemed to reflect more modesty when it came to sex in light of the AIDS pandemic at the time. In 1988, Stewart was interviewed by Donnie Simpson where Stewart spoke of the lyrical message within the song. "I think it made a lot of peoples' minds open up a little bit. We didn't only want to just talk about clothes, we wanted to extend that. We wanted to use the song as a theme to be able to say you don't have to do all the negative things that society forces on you. You don't have to drink and drive. You don't have to take drugs early. The girls don't have to get pregnant early. So the clothes bit of it was to get people's attention, which it did and I'm glad it was a positive message."[1] Jermaine Stewart would go on to die of AIDS-related liver cancer at the age of 39.

The previous single "I Like It" failed to make much impact as a follow up to Stewart's debut single "The Word Is Out". "I Like It" failed to chart in either the UK or America.

A popular promotional video was created for the single as well as numerous TV performances to promote the single.

In 2011 the song was used in a Cadbury advert in the UK called The Charity Shop.[2] This exposed the song to a new generation who downloaded the track and returned it to the UK Top 40 reaching No.29. The song also appeared in Kevin Smith's film Zack and Miri Make a Porno, and the episode "My Dirty Secret" of the television show Scrubs.

The song has been covered a number of times and versions have been released by Clea and Lil' Chris, while it also provided the hook for Gym Class Heroes' fifth single "Clothes Off!!" and was sampled by rapper Mase on his album Welcome Back.

Release[edit]

The B-side for the European single "Brilliance" appeared on Stewart's 1984 debut album "The Word Is Out" as the final track. "Brilliance" was written by Stewart and Julian Lindsay.[3] Lindsay had previously performed piano on the 1983 Culture Club album "Colour by Numbers". The American b-side was "Give Your Love to Me" which was used as the closing track on the album "Frantic Romantic". It was written by Jakko J. and Jermaine Stewart.

For the single, various remixes of "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off" were released. These remixes were created by Lewis A. Martineé. A special UK/Australian 12" single was released titled "We Don't Have To..." which featured different artwork.

Formats[edit]

7" Single (American release)
  1. "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off" - 3:57
  2. "Give Your Love to Me" - 4:20
7" Single (Canadian release)
  1. "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off (Short Version)" - 4:05
  2. "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off (Dub Mix)" - 6:40
7" Single (European release)
  1. "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off" - 4:05
  2. "Brilliance" - 4:43
7" Single (UK/Australian release)
  1. "We Don't Have To..." - 4:05
  2. "Brilliance" - 4:43
12" Single (American/Canadian release)
  1. "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off (Dance Remix)" - 5:45
  2. "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off (Dub)" - 6:40
  3. "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off (Short Version)" - 4:05
12" Single (European release)
  1. "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off (Extended)" - 5:45
  2. "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off" - 4:05
  3. "Brilliance" - 4:43
12" Single (UK release)
  1. "We Don't Have To... (Extended Version)" - 5:45
  2. "We Don't Have To..." - 4:05
  3. "Brilliance" - 4:43

Chart performance[edit]

Original release[edit]

Chart (1986) Peak
position
Canadian Singles Chart[4] 2
Dutch Singles Chart[5] 13
French Singles Chart[6] 91
Irish Singles Chart[7] 4
New Zealand Singles Chart[8] 27
UK Singles Chart[9] 2
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[10] 5
U.S. Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart[11] 64
U.S. Billboard Dance/Club Play Songs Chart[12] 41
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales Chart[13] 35

2011 reissue[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
Irish Singles Chart[7] 30
UK Singles Chart[9] 29
UK R&B Singles Chart[14] 7

Personnel[edit]

  • Art Direction – Donn Davenport
  • Design – Rebecca Tachna
  • Stylist – Jane Hoffman
  • Photography – Steve Prezant
  • Guitar on "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off" – Chris Amigo
  • Keyboards on "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off" – Fro Sossa
  • Mix Engineer – Mike Couzzi
  • Mixer on "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off" – Lewis A. Martineé
  • Producer, Arranger on "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off" – Narada Michael Walden
  • Remixer on "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off (Short Version)" – Lewis A. Martineé
  • Remixer on "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off (Dub Mix)" – Lewis A. Martineé
  • Remixer on "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off (Dance Remix)" - Lewis A. Martineé
  • Producer on "Brilliance" - Peter Collins
  • Producer on "Give Your Love to Me" - Narada Michael Walden
  • Writers of "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off" - Narada Michael Walden, Preston Glass
  • Writers of "Brilliance" - Jermaine Stewart, Julian Lindsay
  • Writers of "Give Your Love to Me" - Jakko J., Jermaine Stewart

Clea version[edit]

"We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off"
Single by Clea vs. Da Playaz
from the album Trinity
Released September 2005 (UK)
2006 (Europe)
Format CD single
Genre Dance pop, disco
Label Upside Records
Clea vs. Da Playaz singles chronology
"Stuck in the Middle"
(2004)
"We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off"
(2005)
"Lucky Like That"
(2006)

The song was covered by Clea and was released as their third single. It was released in the UK in September 2005 and giving them their third Top 40 hit, charting at number 35. The song appears on their UK debut album, Trinity.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart 35

Lil' Chris version[edit]

"We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off"
Single by Lil' Chris
from the album What's It All About
Released October 2007 (UK)
Format CD single
Genre Pop
Label RCA
Lil' Chris singles chronology
"Figure It Out"
(2007)
"We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off"
(2007)

Pop singer Lil' Chris covered the song and released it as the only single from his second album, What's It All About?, on 19 October 2007. It peaked at number 63 on the UK Singles Chart.

Tracklisting[edit]

CD Single
  1. "We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off" - 3:04
  2. "Taste Me" [Live In Manchester]
  3. "I Never Noticed" [Live In London]
7" Vinyl
  1. "We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off" - 3:04
  2. "We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off" [Media Virus Remix] - 5:53

Charts[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart 63

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Cadbury advert The Charity Shop". YouTube. 6 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Jermaine Stewart - We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  4. ^ "Results - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  5. ^ Steffen Hung. "Jermaine Stewart - We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  6. ^ "InfoDisc : Tout les Titres par Artiste". Infodisc.fr. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  7. ^ a b Jaclyn Ward - Fireball Media Group - http://www.fireballmedia.ie. "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  8. ^ Steffen Hung. "Jermaine Stewart - We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  9. ^ a b "UK Singles & Albums Chart Archive". Chart Stats. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  10. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/304481/jermaine+stewart/chart?f=379
  11. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/304481/jermaine+stewart/chart?f=367
  12. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/304481/jermaine+stewart/chart?f=359
  13. ^ "Jermaine Stewart". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  14. ^ "2011-05-28 Top 40 R&B Singles Archive". Official Charts. 2011-05-28. Retrieved 2012-01-12.