High Hat (album)

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High Hat
High Hat.jpg
Compilation album by Boy George
Released 1989
Recorded 1988
Genre Pop, dance, acid house
Length 51:32
Label Virgin Records
Producer Gene Griffin, Bobby Z., Mike Pela & Boy George
Boy George chronology
High Hat
The Martyr Mantras

High Hat is an album compiling tracks from Boy George's second and third UK and European solo albums, Tense Nervous Headache and Boyfriend.


Since neither Tense Nervous Headache or Boyfriend are any longer available, High Hat remains the only place to find any of Boy George's songs from 1988-89. While High Hat only has 10 tracks, the two other albums together included 18 tracks: 9 on the vinyl and 12 on the CD and tape for Tense Nervous Headache; just 8 for Boyfriend, 1 of which (the hi-energy remix of "No Clause 28", also known as 'Pascal Gabriel Mix') will later re-surface on Jesus Loves You's The Martyr Mantras album. Tense Nervous Headache was shelved in the UK shortly after release of the first single due to lack of interest (or, as George put it in his autobiography,[1] after it "died a solitary death"), despite the singer getting to #1 in the UK Singles Chart the previous year with "Everything I Own". Half of the ten tracks on High Hat were quite unsuccessful singles either taken from Tense Nervous Headache or Boyfriend: "Don't Cry", "Whisper", "Don't Take My Mind on a Trip", "You Found Another Guy" and "Whether They Like It or Not". The only track actually taken from High Hat as an independent single in America was the U.S. remix of the opener "Don't Take My Mind on a Trip", the version of which included on High Hat is slightly different from that originally opening Boyfriend.

"High Hat" was also released in Australia (V2555) and Mexico (LEMP-1640).

"Don't Take My Mind on a Trip" was a club hit in Canada and the US, charting at #5 on the Billboard R&B charts. "You Found Another Guy" went into the top 40 of the same charts also.

Boy George was not proud of many of the tracks on that release, especially the tracks on the Boyfriend album, which he first rejected. Finally, after the flop of Tense Nervous Headache, Virgin Records didn't ask him about the track listing of Boyfriend and High Hat.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Don't Take My Mind on a Trip" (U.S. Remix) - 5:21 (Griffin)
  2. "Whisper" - 5:40 (O'Dowd, Maidman, Bobby Z)
  3. "Whether They Like It or Not" - 5:10 (Griffin, O'Dowd, Bell)
  4. "You Found Another Guy" - 4:27 (Griffin, Bell, Middleton)
  5. "You Are My Heroin" - 6:21 (O'Dowd, Maidman, Nightingale, Stevens, Fletcher)
  6. "I'm Not Sleeping Anymore" - 4:20 (Griffin, O'Dowd)
  7. "Kipsy" - 6:06 (O'Dowd, Nightingale, Dewar, Geary)
  8. "Don't Cry" (single version) - 4:09 (O'Dowd, Maidman, Bobby Z)
  9. "Girl with Combination Skin" - 6:00 (O'Dowd, Fletcher, Maidman, Nightingale)
  10. "Something Strange Called Love" (edit) - 3:59 (O'Dowd, Vincent, Dewar)


Tracks 2, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10[edit]

Tracks 1, 3, 4, 6[edit]


  1. ^ Boy George with Spencer Bright (1995), Take It Like A Man, London, Sidgwick & Jackson