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 has only ten tracks, the two other albums together included eighteen tracks: nine on the vinyl and twelve on the CD and tape for Tense Nervous Headache; plus eight for Boyfriend, one of which (the hi-energy remix of "No Clause 28", also known as "Pascal Gabriel Mix") would 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. High Hat nonetheless did a little better than its US predecessor Sold, reaching number 126 on the Billboard charts.[2]

Boy George was not proud of many of the tracks on that release, especially those 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, 7–10

  • Boy Georgelead vocals, co-production (tracks: 7, 10)
  • Glenn Nightingale – guitars and other voices
  • Ian Maidman – bass, keyboards
  • Bobby Z.drums, production on (tracks: 2, 5, 8, 9)
  • Amanda Vincent- keyboards
  • Vic Martin – keyboards
  • Richie Stevens – drums ("Kipsy")
  • Derek Green – other voices
  • Carroll Thompson – other voices
  • Helen Terry – other voices
  • Beverley Skeete – other voices
  • Belva Haney – other voices
  • Wendell Morrison, Jr. – other voices
  • Juliet Roberts, Nevada Cato – other voices
  • David Ulm, Carol Steel – percussion
  • Jagdeep Singh – tabla and other voices
  • Simon Tyrrel – drum programming
  • Andy Dewar – drum programming
  • Anne Dudley – all string arrangements
  • Kenny Wellington – brass section
  • David "Baps" Baptiste – brass section
  • Nat Augustin – brass section
  • Sid Gauld – brass section
  • Ed Jones – major saxophone
  • Desmond Foster – other bass
  • MC Kinky (Caron Geary) – toasting ("Kipsy")
  • Paul Lee – choir ("Mama Never Knew")
  • Iris Sutherland – choir ("Mama Never Knew")
  • Yvonne White – choir ("Mama Never Knew")
  • Jock Loveband – engineer
  • Alan Douglas – engineer
  • Martin White – engineer
  • Terry Reed – engineer
  • Paul Wright – engineer
  • Renny Hill – engineer
  • Phil Legg – engineer
  • Robin Evans – engineer
  • Mike Pela – mixing (tracks: 2, 5, 8, 9), co-production on (tracks: 7, 10)

Tracks 1, 3, 4, 6

  • Boy George – lead vocals
  • Lee Drakefordbacking vocals
  • Zan – backing vocals
  • Marsha McClurkin – backing vocals
  • Mauricette Martin – backing vocals
  • Teddy Riley – all instruments, backing vocals, arrangements
  • Bernard Belle – acoustic guitar & backing vocals
  • Dennis Mitchell – engineer
  • Bill Esses – assistant engineer
  • Gene Griffin – production


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