2003 remastered reissue of 1982 album features 13 tracks including four bonus tracks, 'Love Is Cold', 'Murder Rat Trap' (Feat. Captain Crucial), 'Time (Clock Of The Heart)', & 'Romance Beyond The Alphabet', as well as th... more »e hit single 'Do You Really Want To Hurt Me'. Virgin.« less
2003 remastered reissue of 1982 album features 13 tracks including four bonus tracks, 'Love Is Cold', 'Murder Rat Trap' (Feat. Captain Crucial), 'Time (Clock Of The Heart)', & 'Romance Beyond The Alphabet', as well as the hit single 'Do You Really Want To Hurt Me'. Virgin.
"This album will take you back to the early 1980s when British artists were making some of the best music ever invented. You can tell that this album was made when the band members were ambitious, naive, optimistic, and it must be added: in love. In his autobiography, Boy George said a music critic credited this album as the start of world music and it shows. This album is heavily reggae-influenced. You could call it the band's most political work as well. This was back when the band was wearing coordinated, cutting-edge London fashions. This was back when people were shocked to hear that Boy George was a man. The videos from this album were great too. "Time" used to be my favorite song in the world for years. In retrospect, "Do You?" has one of the funkiest bass lines ever played. I also enjoyed "Boy, Boy (I'm the Boy)." [Note: many Culture Club songs refer to boys or men.] The innocence of the time, the band members, and the sound will really touch you. This album should be in your must-have collection."
"Give Me Time to Realize My Crime."
The Groove | Boston, MA | 01/29/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Employing a diverse mix of musical influences, Culture Club had a unique vision and style that probably wouldn't have been welcomed, or even appreciated, today. In late 1982, the quartet released their debut "Kissing to be Clever," which was originally released on Epic in the United States, and it spawned their first three top ten singles. The band's music was a distinguished blend of old school reggae, 70's soul, and new wave pop set to the gusty voice of singer Boy George, who sounds like a trans-Atlantic Smokey Robinson. A somewhat underrated singer, George's voice often bled with bruised emotion, particularly on the kickoff single "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?" But other noteworthy tracks include the disco-flavored "Take Control," the calypso bite of "You Know I'm Not Crazy" and the reggae lilt of "Love Control." Credit also must be given to the skilled players (drummer Jon Moss--George's boyfriend at the time, bass player Mikey Craig, and guitarist Roy Hay) whose instrumentation helps make this album such a welcome feast to the ears. "Kissing to Be Clever" has been re-released and digitally remastered, with 4 additional tracks which include the single "Time (Clock of the Heart)," which was not included in the prior Virgin edition. Without the distraction of George's gender bending attire, the music of Culture Club is strong enough to hold up on its own, and this fine debut of an album proves that."
George,Jon,Mickey & Roy Take Control Of The Groove
Andre S. Grindle | Brewer Maine | 09/28/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As the early 80's rolled on there continued to be a cruel disco freeze-out,to coin a phrase to any artist (especially if they were black) making any kind of soul,funk or R&B during this period. That didn't didn't seem to be the case in England where disco,and especially funk were converging on new wave to create the New Romantic style. It was out of this already crowded scene the Culture Club conquered the world over during 1982 with this album and two singles "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me" and "I'll Tumble 4 Ya". Of course part of that was the same old story of Boy George's image which,sad as it seemed overshadowed anything more than a "they make a good pop single" comment regarding him and the band. Well there's one thing to be said about this album. It was probably their least commercial album in the sense it focused heavily on dance-funk songs as opposed to easy pop all the way around. Boy George,who is a very strong composer as well is greatly inspired by some of the Calypso inspired rhythms and melodies that were a big part of early Motown hits,especially those written by Smokey Robinson. That addition of a kind of modern tropical tinge to the music,the heavy use of conga,steel drums and percussion and Michael Craig's enthusiastic and funky Jamaican bass lines all add up to a kind of soulful caribbean funk/pop. That also might,aside from the racial diversity of the band members have to do with how they got their name. One important way Boy George was important to this music image wise was that, as opposed to having a conventional crossdressers image his "look" also borrowed from ethnicized tradtions such as Asian Kabuki masks as well as shirts and hats that showed an interest in Hebrew cultural standards. Also George's homosexuality and strong involvement with the UK gay disco-funk scene of the late 70's/early 80's gave him that all important connection to the sexual revolution,even though his persona linked him and the band in general more with geniality than overly rebellious behavior. Songs such as "White Boy","You Know I'm Not Crazy","Take Control","Love Twist" and "I'm Afraid Of Me" really send that message home as the band put their musical concentration on rhythmic development as opposed to crafting a mere pop song. A strong naked funk element is also present and interestingly enough for this era the band rely largely on a very rich,organic sound based heavier on horns charts and percussion than on synthesizers. This quality probably leads to the Amazon.com review indicating this album "contains filler material". Well,I say if "filler" is finely played,percussive UK New Romantic funk pop with a strong dance ethic than it's probably some of the best use of "filler" on any album. I know;overuse of a word but it's an important key phrase to how this album is perceived,even by music critics. "Boy Boy" and "White Boys Can't Control It" lean heavier into synthesizers for this album but taken as a whole it's a potent listening experience that actually flows song to song,by the way. Of the four bonus cuts there is a heavy naked funk jam in "Love Is Cold" as well as "Murder Rap Trap",a very surreal reggae/jazz-funk warp with Captain Crucial that has to be the most uncommercial and avante garde piece that this group had been involved in up to this point.Also included of course is the hit "Time (Clock of The Heart)",a single from the same period as this album and the instrumental version retitled "Romance Beyond The Alphabet". Despite what you might think albums can often be a very good place to put a pop artist into a musical perspective as opposed to just being human hit factories. It is true for much 80's music and happilly it's also very true for Culture Club."
Still holds up and sounds great after all these years...
Justo Roteta | Los Angeles, California United States | 10/02/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Time (Clock Of The Heart)" was a heavenly musical marriage of Brit-Pop, Philly Soul and Adult Contemporary...and a truly definitive and undisputed classic slice of '80s Pop. This album and its huge hit singles defined the sound and style of 1980s music and set a prototype for bands that came afterward. If you (like me) were a 1980s kid then waste no time in getting this CD as this music will bring back many memories and take you back to a time when all was (compared to today) right with the world. Best of all, this remastered edition has GREAT sound quality plus several bonus cuts. Enjoy!"
Come here first ... get the greatest later!
Brian Campbell | Chicago, Illinois | 10/30/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the best album the Boy & band ever made. From start to end, nothing but a complete winner. I had forgotten exactly how good this is. White Boy is an awesome song ... just keeps going from there.The Club has several good greatest collections floating out there ... just come here first (followed by Colour by Numbers). You will not be sorry ... I promise!"