The Crying Game" is a song written and composed by Geoff Stephens. It was first released by Dave Berry in July 1964. It reached #5 on the  UK Singles Chart. Session guitarist Big Jim Sullivan played lead guitar on Berry's version of the song, and Jimmy Page supported.
Cover versions [ edit ]
The song was recorded by
Brenda Lee in 1965. It was subsequently covered by many artists including: The Associates, Chris Connor, Kylie Minogue, Percy Sledge, Barbara Dickson, Chris Spedding, Jimmy Scott (on his 1998 album Holding Back the Years), and crooner Alex Moore.
Boy George version [ edit ]
"The Crying Game" was covered by
Boy George in 1992, and both this version and the original Dave Berry recordings were used as the theme to the 1992 Neil Jordan movie Boy George's version of the song was produced by the The Crying Game. Pet Shop Boys and reached #22 on the UK Singles Chart in 1992, #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the U.S., and #1 in Canada on the national singles chart the following year. Thus it became the biggest solo hit that he achieved in the US or Canada.
This version was also featured in the
Jim Carrey comedy film This was a joke reference to the film Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. The Crying Game, with which it shared a plot point.
Track listing [ edit ]
UK and European 7"
A. "The Crying Game"
B. "I Specialise in Loneliness" (edit)
US 7" (red vinyl)
A. "The Crying Game"
B. "Stand by Your Man" (by Lyle Lovett)
European and UK 12" and CD single
1.(A) "The Crying Game"
2.(B1) "The Crying Game" (Extended Dance Mix)
3.(B2) "I Specialise in Loneliness" (edit)
US 12" promo
A1. "The Crying Game" (Digifunky String Mix)
A2. "The Crying Game" (Digifunky Diva Dub)
A3. "The Crying Game" (album version)
B1. "The Crying Game" (Third Floor Trance Mix)
B2. "The Crying Game" (Third Floor Trance Dub)
B3. "The Crying Game" (DJ EFX's Tribal as a Mofo Mix)
US Cassette Single
A. "The Crying Game" (Boy George)
B. "The Crying Game" (Dave Berry)
Weekly charts [ edit ]
Year-end charts [ edit ]
Canada Top Singles (
References [ edit ]