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Kissing to Be Clever [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Born of the image- and fashion-conscious glam rock of the mid-'70s, the Brit-based Culture Club were perfectly suited to the 1980s with a fresh blend of pop and at the very least eye-catching style -- courtesy, for the most part, of flamboyant and ambiguously gendered frontman "Boy" George O' Dowd vocals. The quartet also featured Jon Moss percussion, Roy Hay guitar/keyboard/sitar, and Michael Craig bass and quickly became the darlings of the newly launched 24-hour-a-day cable TV phenom known as MTV. Behind George's brash sense of chic, clever wit and more than acceptable vocal talent, their debut, Kissing to Be Clever 1982, was embraced by not only post-disco dance ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Born of the image- and fashion-conscious glam rock of the mid-'70s, the Brit-based Culture Club were perfectly suited to the 1980s with a fresh blend of pop and at the very least eye-catching style -- courtesy, for the most part, of flamboyant and ambiguously gendered frontman "Boy" George O' Dowd vocals. The quartet also featured Jon Moss percussion, Roy Hay guitar/keyboard/sitar, and Michael Craig bass and quickly became the darlings of the newly launched 24-hour-a-day cable TV phenom known as MTV. Behind George's brash sense of chic, clever wit and more than acceptable vocal talent, their debut, Kissing to Be Clever 1982, was embraced by not only post-disco dance music enthusiasts, but also new wave listeners and pop fans as well. Although the LP itself failed to place within the Top Ten, it spawned a trio of tunes that did make it into the uppermost tier of the singles chart. On the whole, they provide accurate thumbnail sketches of what Culture Club were capable of pulling off musically. "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" is a noir love song guilded in the warm and languid balladry and instrumentation that would not have sounded too out of place with a 1940's big-band arrangement. The nimble and undeniably catchy "I'll Tumble 4 Ya" bobbles about with a slightly Caribbean feel, replete with steel drums and repetitive syncopated handclaps. "Time Clock of the Heart" -- which has been restored to the track list for the Kissing to Be Clever 2003 reissue -- remains a brilliant slice of Culture Club at both their most interesting and pop-oriented. From the light and buoyant Philly soul-inspired string arrangement to the effervescent and singalongable chorus, the melody foreshadowed a similar vibe that would carry over to their sophomore long-player, Colour by Numbers 1983. Other bonus tracks on the 2003 remastered disc include previously hard-to-find B-sides. Conspicuously absent is the unique "Dub Mix" of "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me," or the single edit of same, which was slightly different from the album version. The 12-page booklet is full of band photos and reproductions of picture sleeves.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/7/2003
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • UPC: 724359240428
  • Catalog Number: 92404
  • Sales rank: 89,662

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 White Boy (4:41)
  2. 2 You Know I'm Not Crazy (3:36)
  3. 3 I'll Tumble 4 Ya (2:35)
  4. 4 Take Control (3:10)
  5. 5 Love Twist - Captain Crucial (4:21)
  6. 6 Boy Boy (I'm the Boy) (3:50)
  7. 7 I'm Afraid of Me (3:16)
  8. 8 White Boys Can't Control It (3:43)
  9. 9 Do You Really Want to Hurt Me (4:23)
  10. 10 Love Is Cold (4:23)
  11. 11 Murder Rap Trap - Captain Crucial (4:23)
  12. 12 Time (Clock of the Heart) (3:44)
  13. 13 Romance Beyond the Alphabet (3:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Culture Club 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, Group Member
John Moss Percussion, Drums
Nicky Payne Flute, Harmonica, Saxophone
Phil Pickett Keyboards, Background Vocals
Helen Terry Vocals
Jon Moss Percussion, Drums, Group Member
Denise Spooner Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Boy George Composer
Culture Club Composer
Jaki Graham Cover Design, Logo
Keith Miller Programming, Synclavier Programming
Mikey Craig Composer
Nick Egan Logo
Roy Hay Composer
Steve Levine Producer, Engineer
John Moss Programming
Jon Moss Composer, drum programming
Jackie Ball Artwork
George O'Dowd Composer
Captain Crucial Contributor
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