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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

do you really want to hurt me? - culture club

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". Mikey Craig was not in the video, he was replaced by his brother Greg.

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