The Crying Game (song)

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"The Crying Game"
Single by Dave Berry
B-side "Don't Gimme No Lip Child"
Released July 1964 (UK)
Format 7"
Genre Pop music
Writer(s) Geoff Stephens
Dave Berry singles chronology
"Baby It's You"
"The Crying Game"
"One Heart Between Two"

"The Crying Game" is a song written and composed by Geoff Stephens. It was first released by Dave Berry in July 1964.[1] 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.[2]

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"
Single by Boy George
B-side "I Specialise in Loneliness"
Released August 1992 (UK) March 1993 (US)
Format 12"
CD single
Cassette single
Genre Pop music
Label Spaghetti Records
Producer(s) Pet Shop Boys
Boy George singles chronology
"After the Love"
(as Jesus Loves You, 1991)
"The Crying Game"
"Sweet Toxic Love"
(as Jesus Loves You, 1992)

"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 The Crying Game. Boy George's version of the song was produced by the 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 RPM 100 national singles chart the following year.[3] Thus it became the biggest solo hit that he achieved in the US.

This version was also featured in the Jim Carrey comedy film Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. This was a joke reference to the film 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)

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1992/1993) Peak
German Singles Chart 68
UK Singles Chart 22
Canadian RPM 1
Billboard Hot 100 15


  1. ^ Cad, Saint. "Top 10 Famous Songs With Unknown Originals". Retrieved 21 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Russell Newmark (The Beat Magazine). "Extraordinary Wounded, Vulnerable Delivery". The Official Dave Berry Website. Retrieved 22 September 2011. 
  3. ^
Preceded by
"I Have Nothing" by Whitney Houston
Canadian RPM number-one single
(Boy George version)

22 May 1993 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Looking Through Patient Eyes" by PM Dawn