Time (Clock of the Heart)

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"Time (Clock of the Heart)"
Single by Culture Club
from the album Kissing to Be Clever
  • "White Boys Can't Control It"
  • "Romance Beyond the Alphabet" (US Version)
Released19 November 1982
Format7", 12"
GenreNew wave
Songwriter(s)Roy Hay, Boy George, Mikey Craig, Jon Moss
Producer(s)Steve Levine
Culture Club singles chronology
"Do You Really Want to Hurt Me"
"Time (Clock of the Heart)"
"I'll Tumble 4 Ya"
Audio sample

"Time (Clock of the Heart)" is a song by the British new wave band Culture Club, released as a stand-alone single in most of the world and as the second single from their debut album Kissing to Be Clever in North America. Following on the heels of the band's global #1 hit, "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me", "Time (Clock of the Heart)" peaked at #3 on the UK Singles Chart, selling over 500,000 copies in the UK. In the United States, the song matched the #2 peak of its predecessor on the Billboard Hot 100, kept from the #1 spot by "Flashdance... What a Feeling" by Irene Cara for two weeks.

In Europe and United Kingdom, it was a stand-alone single, released in November 1982. For this market, its first inclusion on a Culture Club album was on their 1987 compilation, called This Time: The First Four Years.

In a retrospective review of the song, Allmusic journalist Stewart Mason wrote: "Of all of Culture Club's early hits, Time (Clock of the Heart) has probably aged the best. Boy George drops the cryptic self-mythology long enough to deliver a tender, heartfelt lyric on lost love."[1]

The music video has been released in two versions. The only difference was a scene where the group is watching television, along with vocalist Helen Terry. In one version, a Christmas tree is shown. In the other, the tree is removed. This was because of the date of release for certain markets. The "Christmas" version (which is on the 2005 DVD "Greatest Hits") was for European countries and the "regular version" was for the other markets, where the song was released in Spring 1983.

The US single was released with the B-side being an instrumental version of the song called "Romance Beyond the Alphabet", which not only removed the vocals but at least one layer of melody as well.

Formats and track listing[edit]

  • 7" Single (UK, Europe, Canada)
  1. "Time (Clock of the Heart)" – 3:42
  2. "White Boys Can't Control It" – 3:42
  • 7" Single (U.S.)
  1. "Time (Clock of the Heart)" – 3:41
  2. "Romance Beyond the Alphabet" (Time Instrumental) – 3:34
  • 12" Single (UK, Europe)
  1. A1."Time (Clock of the Heart)" – 3:42
  2. B1."White Boys Can't Control It" – 3:42
  3. B2."Romance Beyond the Alphabet" – 3:44
  • 12" Single (Canada)
  1. A1."Time (Clock of the Heart)" – 3:42
  2. B1."Romance Beyond The Alphabet" – 3:42
  3. B2."I'm Afraid Of Me (Extended Version)" –
  • 12" Single/EP (Japan)
  1. A1."Time (Clock of the Heart)" – 3:42
  2. A2."White Boy (Long Version)"
  3. B1."I'm Afraid Of Me (Long Version)" –
  4. B2."Do You Really Want To Hurt Me (Dub Version)" –


  • Boy George – lead vocals and backing vocals
  • Roy Hay – electric guitar, tubular bells and backing vocals
  • Mikey Craig – keytar Moog
  • Jon Moss - electronic drums and backing vocals
  • Helen Terry – backing vocals
  • Steve Grainger – saxophone
  • Trevor Bastow – strings arrangement

Charts and certifications[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]


  1. ^ Mason, Stewart (1982-11-03). "Time (Clock of the Heart) – Culture Club : Listen, Appearances, Song Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-02-25.
  2. ^ "Radio 2 – Top 30 van zaterdag 05 februari 1983" (in Dutch). VRT Top 30. 5 February 1983. Archived from the original on 9 April 2012. Retrieved 14 February 2009.
  3. ^ "De Nederlandse Top 40". Dutch Top 40 (in Dutch). Radio 538. 1983 – week 3. Retrieved 2009-02-14. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ "The Irish Charts – All there is to know". Irish Recorded Music Association. 1982-11-28. Retrieved 2009-02-14.
  5. ^ "Chart Stats – Culture Club – Time (Clock of the Heart)". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2009-02-14.
  6. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. NOTE: Used for Australian Singles and Albums charting from 1970 until ARIA created their own charts in mid-1988.
  7. ^ "Culture Club – Time (Clock of the Heart) (Song)" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. 1983-04-15. Retrieved 2009-02-14.
  8. ^ "Top Singles – Volume 38, No. 13, May 28, 1983". RPM. RPM Music Publications Ltd. 1983-05-28. Retrieved 2009-02-14.
  9. ^ Nyman, Jake (2005). Suomi soi 4: Suuri suomalainen listakirja (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 951-31-2503-3.
  10. ^ "Chartverfolgung: Culture Club – Time (Clock of the Heart)" (in German). Media Control Charts. 1983-03-21. Retrieved 2009-02-14.
  11. ^ "Culture Club – Time (Clock of the Heart) (Song)". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. 1983-05-15. Retrieved 2009-09-26.
  12. ^ "Culture Club – Time (Clock of the Heart) (Song)". Sverigetopplistan. 1983-02-22. Retrieved 2009-02-14.
  13. ^ "Culture Club – Time (Clock of the Heart) (Song)". Swiss Charts (in German). Hung Medien. 1985-03-20. Retrieved 2009-02-14.
  14. ^ "Hot 100: Week of Jun 18, 1983 – Time (Clock of the Heart)". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 1983-06-18. Retrieved 2009-02-14.
  15. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 62.
  16. ^ "Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA)". Canadian Recording Industry Association. 1983-08-01. Archived from the original on 1 May 2010. Retrieved 2009-02-14.
  17. ^ "Certified Awards". British Phonographic Industry. 1983-01-01. Retrieved 2009-02-14.

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