Do You Really Want To Hurt Me - Single





'Do You Really Want To Hurt Me' was the third single released by Culture Club and the first single to be released in the USA and Canada.  

Released on the 1st September 1982 this single is the world's introduction to the voice of Boy George and his outrageous image.  Catchy yet 

sad the song is full of meaning and relies almost entirely on George's incredible, emotional performance, but is somehow perfect for 

endless radio play.  The gospel intro gives the song a strange, classy atmosphere, and while the reggae beat kicks in, George never loses this 

feeling.


The band came up with the soft Reggae beat and put the song together when they found they had some spare studio time during a 

recording session for the Peter Powell show on BBC Radio One.  Recorded in April and May 1982, Helen Terry mentioned that her backing 

vocals were recorded on 24th May 1982 Boy George initially didn't want the single to be released as the song was a personal song for him.  

George later admitted that he wrote the lyrics about his relationship with the band drummer, Jon Moss.  They had an affair that lasted for 

6 years that was kept hidden from the public, and George often felt hurt and emotional.  Boy George told Q Magazine in September 2008:


'Our first two singles failed.  That single was our last chance.  But I threatened to leave if (the label) released it.  I didn't think it was us ; it wasn't club music.  It wouldn't stand up to Spandau Ballet.  But I was wrong.  It was so personal in a way that our other songs weren't.  It was about Jon.  all the songs were about him,, but they were ore ambiguous'.


The song was picked up by BBC Radio 2 and eventually went to number 1 on the UK singles Chart in October 1982 for a total of three 

weeks.  In the USA this was the bands first single released and proved to be an unlikely hit where the song reached number 2 on the 

Billboard Hot 100 charts, in March 1983, where is was kept off the top spot by the runaway success of the Michael Jackson song 'Billie 

Jean'.  The song crossed over to the Adult Contemporary radio, where most listeners had no idea the lead singer dressed 'like a girl'.  MTV, 

whose library was mostly British bands when they launced, had acclimated the US audience to guys in make-up, so Culture club wasn't so 

shocking on the channel and the group developed a huge audience of young people who liked the sound and look.


In Canada the single made it to number 1 on their RPM chart listing and number 1 in Australia while the single became a hit in many other 

countries too.


This was Culture Club's first major success after the previous 2 singles failed to make it into the top 100 singles charts in the UK.  

According to Boy George, it was to be the bands last chance of an album deal.  The single became one of the bands signature songs.


The video, directed by Julien Temple, featured Boy George on trial in a courtroom, with flashbacks to a 1936 nightclub and a 1957 health 

club and being rejected and shunned for his appearance and then thrown in jail, only to seemingly be saved by the music.  The Jury was in 

blackface making jazz hands gestures.  The look was authentic as Boy George had been wearing makeup and women's clothes since his 

school days, and while he exaggerated it for publicity, it was his preferred style.  In a 1983 Trouser Press interview, George explained;


'I wear my hair this way 'cause it makes my face look longer, my hat because it makes me look taller, black clothes becouse they make me look thinner, and makeup because it makes me look prettier.'


One band member, Mikey Craig, was not featured in the video and was replaced by his brother Greg.  Boy George wears a shirt with the 

Hebrew writing 'Tarbut Agudda' (תַּרְבּוּת אֲגֻדָּה),, an incorrect translation of the band's name.


The singles B-Side was a dub version of the A-Side featuring Pappa Weasel.  On the 12 inch version the track 'Love Is Cold (You Were Never 

No Good)' was also included.  In the US the B-Side was 'You Know I'm Not Crazy'.


The song was remixed by DJ Quivver and Kinky Roland, in 1998 for a culture club compilation called Greatest Moments.  It was also 

remixed and presented on Culture club's 2002 Box Set with the original demo version.  The song was re-released in a reggaton remix in 

France, it was again a top 20 hit in the summer of 2005.  The music video was shot and directed by J. G. Biggs.  Famous French gay figure 

Steevy Boulay, plays a garage owner who is victim of a homophobic client.

Single Information:

7 inch single

Label - Virgin

Cat Number - VS 518

A-Side - Do You Really Want To Hurt Me

B-side - Do You Really Want to Hurt Me - Dub Version

 

12 inch Single

Label - Virgin

Cat Number - VS 518-12

A-Side - Track 1 - Do You Really Want To Hurt Me

A-Side - Track 2 - Do You Really Want to Hurt Me - Dub Version

B-Side - Love Is Cold (Non Album Track)

 

CD Single (1992 re-issue)

Label -

Cat Number -

01 - Do You Really Want To Hurt Me

02 - Do You Really Want To Hurt Me - Dub Version

03 - Bow Down Mister - Sitari Bizarri Mix

Note: Released in Germany to promote the compilation album 'Spin Dazzle'


CD single (2005 Remix)

01 - Do You Really Want to hurt me - DJ LBR 2005 Remix

02 - Do You Really Want to Hurt Me

Note: Released as a remix version in France, to promote the compilation album 'Culture Club 2005 - Singles and Remixes', with new video.


Other Formats:


Year

Format

Country

Label

Cat. Number

1982

7 inch Picture Disc

UK

Virgin

VSY 518

 

7 inch

USA

Epic

34-03368

 

12 inch

USA

Epic

49-03393

 

7 inch

Italy

Virgin

VINX 45062

 

12 inch

Italy

Virgin

VINX 861

 

7 inch

Canada

Virgin Records (Canada)

VS 1152

 

12 inch

Canada

Virgin Records (Canada)

VSX 1152

 

7 inch

Netherlands

Virgin

104.708

 

12 inch

Netherlands

Virgin

600 692

 

7 inch

France

Virgin

104 708

 

12 inch Maxi

France

Virgin

600.692

 

12 inch

Germany

Virgin

600 692

 

7 inch

Mexico*1

Virgin

S-827

 

7 inch

Australia

Virgin, CBS Records Australia Limited

VS 518

 

 7 Inch

Spain *2

Ariola Eurodisc S.A.

104708

1983

12 inch Maxi

Spain

Virgin

F-600.543

1982

7 inch Single

Europe

Virgin

104 708, 104 708-100

 

7 inch

Sweden

Virgin

VS518

 

7 inch

Portugal

Virgin

510305

 

7 inch

Benelux

Virgin

104.708

 

7 inch

Japan *3

Virgin

VIPX-1687

 

7 inch

New Zealand

Virgin

VS 518

1988

7 inch *4

UK

Old Gold (2)

OG 9816

1989

12 inch Single *5

UK

Old Gold (2)

OG 4101

1992

7 inch

Europe / France

Virgin

115 483

 

CD Maxi Single

Europe / France

Virgin

665 483

1998

12 inch 98 Remixes Promo *6

UK

Virgin

VSTDJ 1710

 

12 inch *7

UK

Virgin

7243 8 85673 6 6, CCLUBDJ 98

 

12 inch Promo *7

UK

Virgin

CCLUBDJ 98

2005

CD single *8

France

Virgin

0094633236424

Notes:

*1 - Titles listed in Spanish on sleeve and label (A: "Me Quieres Lastimar", B: "Sabes Que No Estoy Loco")

*2 - Spanish translation of title appears on front & back cover artwork. [Quieres hacerme dano]

*3 - Exclusive Japanese paper insert with plain paper sleeve

*4 - B-Side is Time (Clock Of The Heart)

*5 - B-Side - I'll Tumble For Ya

*6 - Track Listing - Track 1 - Quivver Vocal Mix  Track 2 - Quivver Dub Mix - remixed by Quivver

*7 - Track Listing - Track1 - Quivver Remix  Track 2 - I Just Wanna Be Loved (Richie Stevens Mix (Edit)

*8 - Track Listing - Track 1 - DJ JBR 2005 Remix  Track 2 - Version Originale


Personnel

Bass - Michael Craig

Drums - Jon Moss

Guitar, Keyboards, Piano - Roy Hay

Vocals - Boy George

Additional Vocals - Helen Terry

Additional Vocals (Featuring) - Pappa Weasel

Artwork (Cover Design) - Jik Graham

Photography By - Mark Lebon

Engineer (Assistant) - Gordon Milne

Mixed By - Jon Moss

Written By - Culture Club, G. O'Dowd, J. Moss, M. Craig, R. Hay

Producer,  Mixed By, engineer - Steve Levine


Chart Positions:


Year

Country

Chart position

1982

Australian singles Charts

1

 

Austrian Singles Charts

1

 

Canada Hot 100

1

 

Danish Single Chart

2

 

European Hot 100 Singles

1

 

French Singles Chart

1

 

German Singles Chart

1

 

Irish Singles Chart

1

 

Italian Singles Chart

1

 

Japan Singles Chart

23

 

New Zealand Singles Chart

2

 

Norwegian Singles Chart

2

 

Swedish Singles Chart

1

 

Swiss Singles Chart

1

 

UK Singles Chart

1

 

US Hot Black Singles Chart

39

 

US Hot Adult Contemporary Chart

8

 

US Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks

21

 

US Billboard 100

2

2005

Belgian Singles Chart

24

 

French Singles Chart

16



Chart Stats:
Artist: Culture Club
Title: Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?
Type: Single
Entered chart on 18/09/1982 at number 66
Most recent chart entry on 22/01/1983 at number 86
Chart Appearances: 19
Highest Position: 1

18/09/1982NE66
25/09/19822838
02/10/19822315
09/10/1982123
16/10/198212
23/10/198211
30/10/1982 1
06/11/1982 1
13/11/1982-34
20/11/1982-37
27/11/1982-1118
04/12/1982-1230
11/12/1982-1747
18/12/1982-1158
25/12/1982-1068
01/01/1983 68
08/01/19831355
15/01/1983-661
22/01/1983-2586



Lyrics


Give me time to realize my crime 
Let me love and steal 
I have danced inside your eyes 
How can I be real 

Do you really want to hurt me 
Do you really want to make me cry 
Precious kisses, words that burn me 
Lovers never ask you why 

In my heart the fire's burnin' 
Choose my colour, find a star 
Precious people always tell me 
That's a step, a step too far 

Do you really want to hurt me 
Do you really want to make me cry 
Do you really want to hurt me 
Do you really want to make me cry 
Words are few, I have spoken 
I could waste a thousand years 
Wrapped in sorrow, words are token 
Come inside and catch my tears 

You've been talkin', but believe me 
If it's true you do not know 
This boy loves without a reason 
I'm prepared to let you go 

If it's love you want from me 
Then take it away 
Everything is not what you see 
It's over again 

Do you really want to hurt me 
Do you really want to make me cry 
Do you really want to hurt me 
Do you really want to make me cry 

Do you really want to hurt me 
Do you really want to make me cry 
Do you really want to hurt me 
Do you really want to make me cry 

Do you really want to hurt me 
Do you really want to make me cry

Smash Hits - 2nd - 15th September 1982

Do You Really Want To Hurt Me - Review by David Hepworth




Video's

Culture Club - Do You Really Want to Hurt Me - Video

YouTube Video


Culture Club - Do You Really Want To Hurt Me - Italian Superflash Performance

YouTube Video



Culture Club - Do You Really Want To Hurt Me - TOTP Performance

YouTube Video




Culture Club - Do You Really Want To Hurt Me - UK single Back Cover


UK - Picture disc - A-Side



UK - Single Picture disc - B-Side



UK - 12 inch Single Front Cover


UK - 12 inch Single Back Cover



German - 12 inch Front cover



German - 12 inch back Cover


Mexico - Single Front Cover


Netherlands - Single Front Cover



Netherlands - 12 inch Front Cover


Japan - Single Front Cover


Spain - Single Front cover



Spain - Single Back Cover


UK - Old Gold - Single Front Cover


French - 1992 Re-Issue - Single Front cover



French - 1992 - Re-Issue - Single Back Cover


French - 1992 CD Single Front Cover



French - 1992 CD Single Back Cover


French - 1992 - 1 Track Promo CD Cover


UK - 1998 - Single Front And Back cover


UK - 1998 - 12 inch Single Front Cover


France - 2005 CD Single Front Cover



France - 2005 CD Single Back Cover



Culture Club - Italian 7 inch Promo Single - this was B/W Simple Minds - New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84).  

Released in 1982 by Virgin Cat Number J.B. 250





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