Do You Really Want to Hurt Me

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"Do You Really Want to Hurt Me"
Do You Really Want To Hurt Me.jpg
Single by Culture Club
from the album Kissing to Be Clever
B-side
  • "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me (Dub version)" (7")
  • "Love Is Cold (You Were Never No Good)" (12")
Released6 September 1982
Recorded1982
Genre
Length4:22
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Steve Levine
Culture Club singles chronology
"Mystery Boy"
(1982)
"Do You Really Want to Hurt Me"
(1982)
"Time (Clock of the Heart)"
(1982)
Music video
"Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" on YouTube

"Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" is a song written and recorded by the British new wave band Culture Club. Released as a single in September 1982 from the group's platinum-selling debut album Kissing to Be Clever, it was the band's first UK No. 1 hit. In the United States the single was released in November 1982 and also became a huge hit, reaching No. 2 for three weeks.

History[edit]

"Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" was the third single released in Europe by Culture Club and their debut release in the United States and Canada. The song was picked up by BBC Radio 2 and became a UK No. 1 single for three weeks in October 1982. It entered the American Pop chart the week ending 4 December 1982, hit No. 1 in Cash Box magazine, and held at No. 2 for three weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in March and April 1983 (kept from the No. 1 spot by the massive success of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean"). The single achieved sales of 900,000 US copies and also hit No. 1 in Canada.[1] It was also number one in Australia.

This was Culture Club's first success, after their first two releases, "White Boy" and "I'm Afraid of Me" charted in the UK at No. 114 and No. 100 respectively. According to Boy George, it was their last chance to get an album deal.

The song rose rapidly in the UK charts after the group's first appearance on Top of the Pops, which resulted in George's androgynous style of dress and sexual ambiguity making newspaper headlines. The group were only asked to appear on Top of the Pops the night before the show, after Shakin' Stevens pulled out.[2]

In a retrospective review, Allmusic journalist Jose F. Promis described "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" as "a simple masterpiece, resonating with an ache that harked back to the classic torch songs of yesteryear."[3]

In 2007, Boy George said that the song was "not just about Culture Club's drummer Jon Moss, my boyfriend at the time. It was about all the guys I dated at that time in my life."[2]

The B-side was a dub version featuring Pappa Weasel in many countries and "You Know I'm Not Crazy" on the US release. On the 12" version of the record, the track "Love Is Cold (You Were Never No Good)" was also included.

Remixes[edit]

The song was remixed by DJs Quivver and Kinky Roland in 1998 for a Culture Club compilation called Greatest Moments and the single "I Just Wanna Be Loved". It was also remixed and presented on Culture Club's 2002 box set along with the original demo version.

Re-released as a reggaeton remix in France, it was again a top 20 hit in the summer of 2005.

Music video[edit]

The video for the song, directed by Julien Temple, featured lead singer Boy George on trial in a courtroom, with flashbacks to the Gargoyle Club, Soho in 1936 and the Dolphin Square Health Club, Pimlico in 1957. The jury was in blackface making jazz hands gestures. One band member, Mikey Craig, was not in the video, and was replaced by his brother Greg.[citation needed]

Boy George wears a shirt with the Hebrew writing "Tarbut Agudda" (תַּרְבּוּת אֲגֻדָּה), a literal translation of the individual words "culture" and "association" in a grammatically incorrect order.

Track listings[edit]

Chart history and certifications[edit]

Sales and certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[35] Platinum 150,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[36] Gold 4,000^
France (SNEP)[38] Gold 1,040,000[37]
Germany (BVMI)[39] Gold 250,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[40] Gold 100,000^
Sweden (GLF)[36] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[41] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Violent Femmes version[edit]

"Do You Really Want to Hurt Me"
Single by Violent Femmes
from the album Why Do Birds Sing?
Released1 September 1991
GenreAlternative rock
Length4:50
LabelReprise Records
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Violent Femmes, Michael Beinhorn
Violent Femmes singles chronology
"American Music"
(1991)
"Do You Really Want to Hurt Me"
(1991)
"Used to Be"
(1991)

In 1991, the Violent Femmes covered this song on their fifth studio album Why Do Birds Sing?. The new version consisted of almost all new lyrics, retaining only the first verse and chorus; the music itself was slightly modified as well. Unlike the original, this version is very rock-heavy and therefore stands out clearly from the original.

Track listings[edit]

12-inch Maxi

  1. Do You Really Want To Hurt Me
  2. Dance, Motherfucker Dance
  3. To The Kill (Live)

CD-Maxi

  1. Do You Really Want To Hurt Me (7"Edit)
  2. Do You Really Want To Hurt Me
  3. Dance, Motherfucker Dance
  4. To The Kill (Live)

Blue Lagoon version[edit]

"Do You Really Want to Hurt Me"
Do you really want to hurt me (Blue Lagoon version).jpg
Single by Blue Lagoon
from the album Club Lagoon
B-side"Extended version"
Released13 February 2005
Length3:29
LabelKon$um, SME
Songwriter(s)Michael Craig
Roy Hay
Jon Moss
George O'Dowd
Producer(s)Felix J. Gauder
Blue Lagoon singles chronology
"Break My Stride"
(2004)
"Do You Really Want to Hurt Me"
(2005)
"Heartbreaker"
(2005)

The song was covered in 2005 by German band Blue Lagoon on its album Club Lagoon and became a hit in Europe.

Track listings[edit]

CD single

  1. "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" (radio edit) – 3:29
  2. "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" (extended version) – 4:59

Charts[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
Austrian Singles Chart[42] 21
Danish Singles Chart[43] 11
Germany (Official German Charts)[44] 13
Swedish Singles Chart[45] 29
Swiss Singles Chart[46] 32

Other cover versions[edit]

References[edit]

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