Time (Clock Of The Heart) - Single





'Time (Clock Of The heart0' is the fourth single by the British band Culture Club.  Released on the 19th November 1982, it was released as a stand-alone single in most of the world and as the second single in North America.

Like many of George's songs, at the time, the lyrics interrogate the pleasure and shame inherent in taboo gay relationships.  The song can be interpreted as both a seduction piece, and a lament, for Jon Moss, the band's drummer, with whom George was romantically involved with.  I feel that the first verse if George telling Moss not to complain to him about how much he loves him but is confused, becouse this could be a beautiful relationship if he just overcomes his fears.

Following on the heels of the number one single 'Do You Really Want To Hurt Me', 'Time (Clock Of the Heart) peaked at number 3 in the UK singles charts.  In the US it went 1 better by making it to number 2 in the Billboard Hot 100 chart, matching that of their previous single in that territory.

The music video has seen two version released.  The only difference was a scene where the group is watching TV, along with vocalist Helen Terry.  In one version, a Christmas Tree is shown while in the other the tree is removed.  This was due to the release dates in certain countries.  The Christmas version (which is available on the 2005 DVD 'Greatest Hits', was for the European countries and the other version was for the rest of the world. where the song was released in the spring of 1983.

The song has been remixed in 1998 for a Japanese compilation.  It was also released as a reggae dub version on Culture Club's 2002 Box Set.  A rare promo 12 inch was aslo issued on 1999 in the UK which included three dance remixes by Quivver, which was released at the same time as Culture club's single 'Your Kisses are Charity'.  One remix 'Amityville Mix' was included on the limited CD of that single.

In 2008, for his solo shows, Boy George let former backing singer, Zee Asha, sing the song as a special guest.


Single Information

7 inch Single

Label - Virgin

Cat. Number - VS 558

A-Side - Time (Clock Of the Heart)

B-Side - White Boys Can't Control It

7 inch Picture Disc

label - Virgin

Cat Number - VSY 558

 

12 inch single

Label - Virgin

Cat. Number - VS 558-12

A-Side - Time (Clock Of The Heart)

B-Side - Track 1 - White boys Can't Control It

B-Side - Track 2 - Romance Beyond The Alphabet


12 inch Limited Edition Poster

This release came with a free poster

Label - Virgin

Cat Number - VS558-12

Other Formats:


Year

Format

Country

Label

Cat. Number

1982

7 inch

Spain

Virgin, Ariola Eurodisc S.A.

B-104, 655

 

12 inch

Spain

Virgin, Ariola Eurodisc S.A.

F-600727, F-600.727

 

7 inch

Portugal

Virgin

511405

 

7 inch

Netherlands

Virgin

104 936

 

7 inch

Germany

Virgin

104.936, 104 936-100

 

12 inch

Europe

Virgin

600 727, 600 727-213

1983

7 inch

US *1

Epic

34-03796

 

12 inch Promo

US

Epic

AS 1643

 

7 inch

Canada

Virgin

VS 1160

 

12 inch

Canada *2

Virgin

VSX 1160

 

12 inch EP

Japan *3

Virgin

VIP-5915

 

7 inch

Australia

Virgin

VS 558

1984

12 inch Re-Issue

Japan *4

Virgin, Toshiba EMI Ltd

15VB-1041

1998

12 inch Promo

UK

Virgin

VSTDJ 1736

 

*1 - The US single had 'Romance Beyond Alphabet - Instrumental' as the B-side

*2 - The Canadian 12 inch had 'I'm Afraid Of Me (Extended Version) as the extra track

*3 - The Japan single had the following tracks 

                A2 - White Boy (Long Version)

                B1 - I'm Afraid Of Me (Long Version)

                B2 - Do You Really Want To Hurt Me (Dub Version)

*4 - Re-issued in late 1984 with all-new packaging by Culture club's new Japanese distributor, copyright date on release stated (p) & (C) Virgin Records Ltd 1983.  Mix titles on A2 &B1 have been changed from the original UK releases.  They are not new mixes of those tracks, just new mix titles.


Personnel

Vocals - Boy George

Drums, Tambourine - Jon Moss

Bass, Moog Bass - Michael Craig

Guitars, Tubular Bells - Roy hay

Backing vocals - Helen Terry

Saxophone - Steve Grainger

Additional Keyboards - Phil Picket

Strings Arrangement - Trevor Bastow

Written By - Culture Club

Audio Mixing - Jon Moss and Steve Lavine

Engineer - Mike Ross

Engineered at - Red Bus Studios

Recorded at - CBS Studios

Producer - Steve Lavine

Assistant engineer - Gordon Milne

Produced and Engineered for - Do Not Erase Productions Ltd

Photography - Mark Labon

Cover Design - Jik Graham

Saxophone - Nick Payne - On White boys Can't Control It

Trumpet - Terry Bailey - On White Boys can't control It


Chart Positions:


Year

Country

Chart Position

1982

Belgium

9

 

Dutch Top 40 Singles

7

 

Irish Singles Chart

4

 

UK singles Chart

3

1983

Australian Kent Music Report

12

 

Austrian Singles Chart

9

 

Canadian RPM Singles Chart

4

 

Finland Suomen Virallin Lista

7

 

German Singles Chart

16

 

New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart

4

 

Swedish Singles Chart

11

 

Swiss Singles Chart

9

 

US Billboard Hot 100

2



Chart States:

Artist: Culture Club
Title: Time (Clock Of The Heart)
Type: Single
Entered chart on 27/11/1982 at #34
Most recent chart entry on 16/04/1983 at #94
Chart Appearances: 13
Highest Position: 3

27/11/1982NE34
04/12/1982259
11/12/198245
18/12/198223
25/12/1982-14
01/01/1983 4
08/01/1983-26
15/01/1983-28
22/01/1983-917
29/01/1983-926
05/02/1983-1844
12/02/1983-2670
16/04/1983RE94

Lyrics:

Don't put your head on my shoulder
Sink me in a river of tears
This could be the best place yet
But you must overcome your fears

Ooh, in time
It could have been so much more
The time is precious I know
In time
It could have been so much more
The time has nothing to show

Because
Time won't give me time
And time makes lovers feel
Like they've got something real
But you and me
We know we've got
Nothin' but time
And time won't give me time
Won't give me time
(Time, time, time)

Don't make me feel any colder
Time is like a clock in my heart
Touch we, touch was the
heart too much
I felt I
Lost you from the start

Videos:
Culture Club - Time (Clock Of the Heart) - UK and European Video

YouTube Video


Culture Club - Time (Clock Of The Heart) - TV Performance

YouTube Video


Culture Club - Time (Clock Of The  Heart) - TOTP Parformance

YouTube Video


Culture Club - Time (Clock Of The Heart) - The Tube Performance

YouTube Video



UK 7 inch Picture Disc Single A-Side


UK 7 inch Picture disc Single B-Side


Below is the White / Grey 7 inch UK Back Cover.  The Yellow one was more common


This is the UK 7 inch single Yellow cover Front cover


The UK 12 inch Limited Edition. Came with a free poster (See Below)


The UK Poster that came with the Limited Edition 12 inch single



Canadian 12 inch Single Front cover


Canadian 12 inch Single Back Cover




European 12 inch single Front Cover


European 12 inch Back cover


Japan 12 inch Single Front Cover


Japan 12 inch Re-Issue single Front cover


UK 12 inch Promo single 




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