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"Do You Really Want to Hurt Me"
Single by Culture Club
from the album Kissing to Be Clever
Released 1 September 1982
Genre New Wave, Reggae, Soul
Label Virgin Records
Epic Records (US)
Writer(s) Culture Club
Producer Steve Levine
Culture Club singles chronology
"Mystery Boy"
(Japan)
(1982)
"Do You Really Want to Hurt Me"
(1982)
"Time (Clock of the Heart)"
(1982)

"Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" is a song recorded by Culture Club and was released as a single from the album Kissing to Be Clever. Throughout the years, the song has been covered by many artists.

Contents

Culture Club version

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History and release

The third single from the band, the sweet Lovers' Rock style proved their commercial breakthrough. Initially picked up by BBC Radio 2 the song became a major hit after their memorable debut performance on Top of the Pops, which they got thanks to Shakin' Stevens being ill and not able to appear, leading the song to become a UK #1 single for three weeks in October 1982. The song was their breakthrough in America, too, and it reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in March 1983. It was also #1 in Australia and more than twenty countries worldwide.

Originally, its B-side in many countries was a dub version of the song. In USA, it was the song "You Know I'm Not Crazy". On the 12", an additional b-side was the track "Love Is Cold (You Were Never No Good)".

It was the song that put the name Culture Club on the worldwide map. It was also their first single in United States and Canada.

In the video for this song, lead singer Boy George wears a shirt bearing approximately the Hebrew words for "Culture Club" (the shirt actual meaning is "תרבות אגדה" Hebrew for "culture legend"). Mikey Craig was not in the video, he was replaced by his brother Greg.

The song was remixed a couple of times. It was remixed by different DJ, like Quivver and Kinky Roland, around 1998, to promote a Culture Club compilation called "Greatest Moments" and the single "I Just Wanna Be Loved". It was also remixed and presented in different remixes on Culture Club's 2002 Box Set. The original demo version, without the bridge, was also included on this boxset.

Re-released in a reggaeton remix in France, it was again a top 20 hit in the summer of 2005.

Many artists did cover that song, like Diana King and Violent Femmes.

Uses in the media

  • The song is featured in the movie The Day After Tomorrow when Bryan, Laura and Sam are in a party room in New York City.
  • The song appears in the game Karaoke Revolution Party.
  • The game show Press Your Luck featured a Whammy animation parodying Boy George and the song; "Who would ever hurt a whammy..."
  • This song is featured in the movie The Wedding Singer, to which a Boy George look-alike (Alexis Arquette) performs the song at a wedding several times in a row, much to the chagrin of the guests.
  • In the movie Without a Paddle, the main characters sing the song numerous times.
  • The song is featured in the game Pain for the Playstation 3, as performed by David Hassellhoff, who also cameos in the game.
  • In the movie Shrek the ginger bread man sings it during the dance party

Track listings

7"

A. "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me"
B. "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" (Dub Version)
(Released at least in UK, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Portugal, Spain, Sweden)
A. "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me"
B. "You Know I'm Not Crazy"
(Released in USA, Mexico)

12"

A1. "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me"
A2. "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" (Dub Version)
B1. "Love Is Cold" (non album track)
(Released at least in UK, Canada (different cover), USA, Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands (different cover), Spain)

CD single (1992 re-issue)
  1. "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me"
  2. "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" (Dub version)
  3. "Bow Down Mister" (Sitari Bizarri Mix)

(Released in Germany in 1992, to promote the compilation album Spin Dazzle)

CD single (2005 remix)
  1. "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" (DJ LBR 2005 remix)
  2. "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me"

(Released as a remix version in France, to promote the compilation album Culture Club 2005 - Singles & Remixes, with new video)

Charts and certifications

Chart (1982/83) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 1
Austrian Singles Chart[1] 1
Canadian Singles Chart 1
Dutch Singles Chart 2
Eurochart Hot 100 1
German Singles Chart[2] 1
Irish Singles Chart[3] 1
Italian Singles Chart 2
Japanese Singles Chart 23
Norwegian Singles Chart[4] 2
Swedish Singles Chart[5] 1
Swiss Singles Chart[6] 1
UK Singles Chart[7] 1
U.S. Billboard Black Singles[8] 39
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks[8] 8
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks[8] 21
U.S. Billboard Pop Singles[8] 2
Chart (2005) Peak
position
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart[9] 24
French SNEP Singles Chart[10] 16
Country Certification Date Sales certified
Canada[11] Platinum May 1, 1983 100,000
France[12] Gold 1983 500,000
Germany[13] Gold 1983 150,000

Successions

Preceded by
"Pass the Dutchie" by Musical Youth
UK Singles Chart number-one single
23 October 1982 – 6 November 1982
Succeeded by
"I Don't Wanna Dance" by Eddy Grant
Australian Kent Music Report number-one single
27 December 1982 – 31 January 1983
Succeeded by
"Gloria" by Laura Branigan
Preceded by
"Starmaker" by Kids from Fame
Irish Singles Chart number-one single
31 October 1982
Succeeded by
"Starmaker" by Kids from Fame
Preceded by
"Words" by F. R. David
German Singles Chart number-one single
10 December 1982 – 21 January 1983
Succeeded by
"Major Tom (Völlig Losgelöst)" by Peter Schilling
Preceded by
"Come on Eileen"
by Dexys Midnight Runners and The Emerald Express
Swiss Singles Chart number-one single (first run)
12 December 1982 – 9 January 1983
Succeeded by
"Pass the Dutchie" by Musical Youth
Preceded by
"Heartbreaker" by Dionne Warwick
Swedish Singles Chart number-one single
11 January 1983 – 25 January 1983
Succeeded by
"Our House" by Madness
Preceded by
"Weil i di mog" by Relax
Austrian Singles Chart number-one single
15 January 1983 – 15 February 1983
Succeeded by
"Major Tom (völlig losgelöst)" by Peter Schilling
Preceded by
"Pass the Dutchie" by Musical Youth
Swiss Singles Chart number-one single (second run)
23 January 1983
Succeeded by
"I Don't Wanna Dance" by Eddy Grant
Preceded by
"Sexual Healing" by Marvin Gaye
Canadian RPM number-one single
5 March 1983 – 12 March 1983
Succeeded by
"Hungry Like the Wolf" by Duran Duran

Blue Lagoon version

"Do You Really Want to Hurt Me"
Single by Blue Lagoon
from the album Club Lagoon
B-side Extended version
Released 2005
Format CD single
CD maxi
Length 3:29
Label Kon$um, SME
Writer(s) Michael Craig
Roy Hay
Jon Moss
George O'Dowd
Producer Felix J. Gauder
Blue Lagoon singles chronology
"Break My Stride"
(2004)
"Do You Really Want to Hurt Me"
(2005)
"Heartbreaker"
(2005)

The song was covered in 2005 by German band Blue Lagoon on its album Club Lagoon and became a hit in Europe.

Track listings

CD single
  1. "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" (radio edit) — 3:29
  2. "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" (extended version) — 4:59
CD maxi

Charts

Chart (2005) Peak
position
Austrian Singles Chart[14] 21
Danish Singles Chart[15] 11
German Singles Chart[2] 13
Swedish Singles Chart[16] 29
Swiss Singles Chart[17] 32

Other cover versions

References

  1. ^ "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me", Austrian Singles Chart Austriancharts.at (Retrieved 17 July 2008)
  2. ^ a b German Singles Chart Charts-surfer.de (Retrieved 17 July 2008)
  3. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved 17 July 2008)
  4. ^ "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me", Norwegian Singles Chart Norwegiancharts.com (Retrieved 17 July 2008)
  5. ^ "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me", Swedish Singles Chart Swedishcharts.com (Retrieved 17 July 2008)
  6. ^ "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me", Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch (Retrieved 17 July 2008)
  7. ^ "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me", UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved 17 July 2008)
  8. ^ a b c d Billboard allmusic.com (Retrieved 17 July 2008)
  9. ^ "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me", Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved 17 July 2008)
  10. ^ "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me", French Singles Chart Lescharts.com (Retrieved 17 July 2008)
  11. ^ Canada certifications cria.ca (Retrieved 19 July 2008)
  12. ^ French certifications Chartsinfrance.net (Retrieved 19 July 2008)
  13. ^ German certifications musikindustrie.de (Retrieved 19 July 2008)
  14. ^ "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me", by Blue Lagoon, Austrian Singles Chart Austriancharts.at (Retrieved July 17, 2008)
  15. ^ "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me", by Blue Lagoon, Danish Singles Chart Danishcharts.com (Retrieved July 17, 2008)
  16. ^ "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me", by Blue Lagoon, Swedish Singles Chart Swedishcharts.com (Retrieved July 17, 2008)
  17. ^ "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me", by Blue Lagoon, Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch (Retrieved July 17, 2008)

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