I Want Your Sex

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"I Want Your Sex"
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Single by George Michael
from the album Faith and Beverly Hills Cop II soundtrack
B-side "I Want Your Sex" ("Rhythm Two: Brass in Love")
Released 1 June 1987
Format
Recorded 1987
Genre
Length
  • 4:44 (Part one)
  • 4:38 (Part two)
  • 3:48 (Part three)
  • 13:10 (Monogamy Mix)
Label ColumbiaLUST 1
Songwriter(s) George Michael
Producer(s) George Michael
George Michael singles chronology
"I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)"
(1987)
"I Want Your Sex"
(1987)
"Faith"
(1987)
"I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)"
(1987)
"I Want Your Sex"
(1987)
"Faith"
(1987)
Alternative covers
Dutch 7-inch single cover
Dutch 7-inch single cover

"I Want Your Sex" is a song by the 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 debut solo album Faith.

The song has three separate parts dubbed "Rhythms." The first one, titled "Rhythm One: Lust", is the version released as a single and banned by the BBC. It appears by itself on the Beverly Hills Cop II soundtrack, and mixed with the second version, titled "Rhythm Two: Brass in Love", on Faith. The second version also appears by itself as the B-side of the single. A third part, "Rhythm Three: A Last Request", appears as a B-side to the "Hard Day" 7" and "Kissing a Fool" 12" singles, and on the CD version of Faith as a bonus track. All three versions were mixed together into one 13 minute song, dubbed the "Monogamy Mix", for the 12" and CD single releases.

Although it was one of Michael's biggest hits, he ignored the song following its release; he never performed it after the Faith World Tour and although the Rhythm Two version appears on Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael, it does not appear on the 2006 retrospective TwentyFive; furthermore, the "Monogamy Mix" doesn't appear on the 2011 remastered release of Faith.[vague] The single was certified platinum by the RIAA, for sales in excess of two million in the United States.

Music video[edit]

The music video, directed by Andy Morahan,[1] featured Michael's then-girlfriend 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.

The video generated controversy over its sexual themes. 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 number 3. The original video cut appears on the TwentyFive compilation 2-DVD set.

Chart performance[edit]

"I Want Your Sex" became George Michael's second solo hit single 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, an edited version of the song's music video received ample airplay on North American music channels, fueling its popularity there. The single eventually reached number 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, the week of 8 August 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 number 2 in Canada, where it ended up becoming the 13th most popular single of the year.[2]

The song reached number 3 in the UK Singles Chart, 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. It also sold 327,160 there.[3]

Track listing[edit]

7"
  • A. "I Want Your Sex" ("Rhythm One: Lust") – 4:44
  • B. "I Want Your Sex" ("Rhythm Two: Brass in Love") – 4:43
12" / CD
  • A. "I Want Your Sex" (Monogamy Mix) – 13:12
    • "Rhythm One: Lust"
    • "Rhythm Two: Brass in Love"
    • "Rhythm Three: A Last Request"
  • B. "Hard Day" – 4:51
CD – 654 601-3 (UK) [1989]
  1. "I Want Your Sex" (Parts one and two) – 9:13
  2. "A Different Corner" – 3:59
  3. "Careless Whisper" (Extended mix) – 6:30

Official versions[edit]

  • "Rhythm One: Lust" – 4:44
  • "Rhythm Two: Brass in Love" – 4:43
  • "Rhythm Three: A Last Request" – 3:48
  • Monogamy Mix – 13:12
  • Freemasons Club Mix – 10:06
  • Freemasons Club Instrumental – 10:06
  • Freemasons Club Remix – 7:26
  • Freemasons Edit – 3:53
  • Freemasons Club Mix Edit – 3:45
  • Freemasons Remix – 6:51
  • Freemasons Vocal Club Remix – 8:07

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1987–88) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[4] 2
Austrian Singles Chart[5] 2
Canadian The Record Top Singles[6] 2
Canadian RPM Top Singles[7] 2
Dutch Singles Chart[8] 1
French Singles Chart[5] 11
German Singles Chart[9] 3
Irish Singles Chart[10] 1
Italian Singles Chart[11] 2
New Zealand Singles Chart[5] 2
Norwegian Singles Chart[5] 3
Spanish Singles Chart[12] 4
Swedish Singles Chart[5] 8
Swiss Singles Chart[5] 4
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[13] 3
US Billboard Hot 100[14] 2
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[15] 2
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[16] 43

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[17] Gold 5,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[18] Gold 75,000^
United States (RIAA)[19] Platinum 1,000,000^

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Garcia, Alex S. "mvdbase.com - George Michael - "I want your sex"". Music Video DataBase. Retrieved 31 October 2015. 
  2. ^ "RPM Top 100 Singles of 1987". 
  3. ^ "George Michael on the charts". Music Week. Intent Media. 11 January 2017. Retrieved 12 January 2017. 
  4. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f George Michael - I Want Your Sex (song). Retrieved 6 May 2011.
  6. ^ Lwin, Nanda. Top 40 Hits: The Essential Chart Guide (2000). Mississauga, Ont.: Music Data Canada
  7. ^ Top Singles - Volume 46, No. 24, 19 September 1987. Retrieved 6 May 2011.
  8. ^ Nederlandse Top 40. Retrieved 6 May 2011.
  9. ^ Single-Chartverfolgung. Retrieved 6 May 2011.
  10. ^ The Irish Charts Archived 3 June 2009 at WebCite. Retrieved 6 May 2011.
  11. ^ Hit Parade Italia. Retrieved 6 May 2011.
  12. ^ Listas de Afyve. Retrieved 6 May 2011.
  13. ^ "George Michael: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company.
  14. ^ Billboard singles. Retrieved 6 May 2011.
  15. ^ "George Michael – Chart history" Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs for George Michael.
  16. ^ "George Michael – Chart history" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for George Michael.
  17. ^ "Canadian single certifications – George Michael – I Want Your Sex". Music Canada. Retrieved 15 August 2016. 
  18. ^ "Dutch single certifications – George Michael – I Want Your Sex" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Retrieved 15 August 2016. 
  19. ^ "American single certifications – George Michael – I Want Your Sex". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 15 August 2016.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

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