Kissing to Be Clever

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All Music Guide - Jose F. Promis
Kissing to Be Clever is the album that put Culture Club on the musical map. Incorporating pop, rock, dance, new wave, soul, and Caribbean rhythms an amalgamation of "cultures", the result was a soulful, progressive pop outing that scored several landmark international hits and made a star out of the band's outrageous frontman, Boy George. A couple of tracks were European dance hits, but the first "official" single, "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me," was a simple masterpiece, resonating with an ache that harked back to the classic torch songs of yesteryear. Most of the other songs were quite different, with energetic beats and sometimes silly, campy themes "Boy Boy I'm the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jose F. Promis
Kissing to Be Clever is the album that put Culture Club on the musical map. Incorporating pop, rock, dance, new wave, soul, and Caribbean rhythms an amalgamation of "cultures", the result was a soulful, progressive pop outing that scored several landmark international hits and made a star out of the band's outrageous frontman, Boy George. A couple of tracks were European dance hits, but the first "official" single, "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me," was a simple masterpiece, resonating with an ache that harked back to the classic torch songs of yesteryear. Most of the other songs were quite different, with energetic beats and sometimes silly, campy themes "Boy Boy I'm the Boy," "White Boys Can't Control It," and "White Boy". The album scored two other major hits, the zippy and bouncy "I'll Tumble 4 Ya" and the gorgeous "Time Clock of the Heart." However, beware that "Time" is only on certain pressings of the album. When the album was issued on CD, and once the Epic label dissolved, the formerly colorful album cover had turned to black and white, and "Time" had been omitted, which is pretty ridiculous, considering the song was a huge number two hit, and the album was then left with only nine tracks. Still, this set is a highlight of 1980s music, and set the stage for one of the decade's most loved and oft-remembered bands.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/25/2008
  • Label: EMI Japan
  • EAN: 4988006862524
  • Catalog Number: 68869

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Culture Club Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Boy George Vocals
Keith Miller Synclavier
Terry Bailey Trumpet
Colin Campsie Background Vocals
Mikey Craig Bass
Roy Hay Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Sitar, Electric Sitar
John Moss Percussion, Drums
Nicky Payne Flute, Harmonica, Saxophone
Phil Pickett Keyboards, Background Vocals
Helen Terry Vocals
Jon Moss Percussion, Drums
Denise Spooner Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Jaki Graham Cover Design, Logo
Keith Miller Contributor, Synclavier Programming
Mikey Craig Contributor
Nick Egan Contributor, Logo
Steve Levine Producer, Engineer
John Moss Programming, Contributor
Jon Moss drum programming
Sue Clowes Contributor
Jackie Ball Artwork
Captain Crucial Contributor
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