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Kissing to Be Clever Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (October 7, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 1982
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • ASIN: B0000C83YI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,045 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. White Boy (Dance Mix)
2. You Know I'm Not Crazy
3. I'll Tumble For Ya
4. Take Control
5. Love Twist
6. Boy Boy (I'm The Boy)
7. I'm Afraid Of Me (Remix)
8. White Boys Can't Control It
9. Do You Really Want To Hurt Me
10. Love Is Cold
11. Murder Rap Trap
12. Time (Clock Of The Heart)
13. Romance Beyond The Alaphabet

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Against the cynical, post-punk backdrop of the early Thatcher and Reagan era, Culture Club's debut release Kissing to Be Clever was as refreshing as a scoop of gelato in a heatwave. These were the innocent days when Boy George could still declare he'd rather "have a cup of tea than sex," well before he hurtled to the brink of near self-destruction. Several of the cuts are still amazingly fresh and easily convey the winning charisma that transformed Boy George and his band into a pop icon. Songs like "I'll tumble 4 ya" and "Boy-Boy-I'm the Boy" seem tailor-made for the frontman's smooth-sliding tenor, while Mikey Craig's bass grooves pump with dance-til-you-drop Hi NRG. Although relatively brief (the original LP had one more cut than the CD release), the album stylistically hops like a Mexican jumping bean from disco funk to rhumba to reggae and contains obvious filler material. But the gender-bender flair perfected by Boy George announced a unique style that helped define the decade. --Thomas May

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Another hit-heavy '80s classic: I'll Tumble 4 Ya; Do You Really Want to Hurt Me; White Boy (dance mix); bonus tracks Time (Clock of the Heart); Love Is Cold , and more!

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This album should be in your must-have collection.
Jeffery Mingo
The band's follow-up,COLOUR BY NUMBERS,released in the fall of 1983,was a megahit compared to this album.
andy8047
It is true for much 80's music and happilly it's also very true for Culture Club.
Andre S. Grindle

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jeffery Mingo on June 2, 2004
Format: Audio CD
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.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Joseph J. Brigante on September 1, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Let me say first of all that this CD contains only the songs that are listed above from Amazon. That's right. They do not contain "Time(Clock of the Heart)", the dubbed version of "Do you really want to hurt me?" with Papa Weasel, and "Romancing the Alphabet". If we went back to 1989, we could get Kissing to be Clever with "Time (Clock of the Heart)", with all the lyrics from the album on CD. That was when Culture Club was from Epic Records in the USA. We were also able to get "Time" on cassette from a label called 747 Pop. The two additional songs, "Romancing the Alphabet" and "Do you really want to heart me?" with Papa Weasel were released on "Kissing to be Clever" on CASSETTE from Epic Records in the 1980's. You can't get those on "Kissing to be Clever" anymore. Now, starting in the 1990's, Epic is out of the picture and Virgin America is in the picture. They decided to release "Kissing to be Clever" the original way it was relesed on record, with the black cover and no "Time", since "Time" was never originally part of the LP. We also do not get any lyrics with the album. It's a shame, no lyrics, no "Time". As a matter of fact, when I first bought this version of the CD in 1992 from the Virgin America label, it's sad to say you could not find "Time" on any cassete or CD at that time (with exception of pawn shops). Anyway, the album with out "Time" is still a classic. "White Boy" is fun, especially when we hear George rap at the end. But not even that, we all know that beautiful voice. Beside "Do you really want to hurt me?Read more ›
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ben Cartwright on March 15, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Culture Club's 1982 debut album was a success mixing dance, pop, rock, raggae, western, and even a bit of comedy(George has such a sense of humor). Scoring two big hits "I'll tumble 4 ya," and their break-through ballad, "Do you rally want to hurt me?," Georges smooth, mellow, tenor was complimented by Helen Terry's sensational, powerful voice. Before I go on, I'd like to remind anyone about "track-fillers" is this:what may be a track-filler to you, maybe an inspiration to another.
Beginning with the danceable "White boy"(dance mix), the funny "you know I'm not crazy," to cheerful, happy hit "I'll tumble 4 ya," and the dance floor sound of "Take control." Then to the smooth, mysterious "Love twist," danceable, fun "Boy-boy-I'm the boy," and the real funny "I'm afraid of me"(remix). Then to the haunting, mysterious, western sound of "White boys can't control it." (OK, it sounds a little racist, but its still fun.) Closing the album is the classic, timeless "Do you really want to hurt me?" This beautiful, tender, ballad is so heart-hearming and heart-breaking and can send tears running. I hope you enjoy this album like I did. Enjoy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The Groove on November 30, 2001
Format: Audio CD
When Culture Club dominated the charts in the early Eighties, people were so intrigued by Boy George's look and style, that few recognized what an amazing vocalist he really is. For a dude out of the UK, this guy's truly got soul. Like Aretha or Smokey, his voice sounds like the battered heart of a man who's been kicked around by love a few many times. Proof? Listen to his vocal delivery in the still-heartbreaking "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" or "Time." It's unfortunate that Culture Club has been associated with 1980's cheese, for their talents were largely overlooked. This was a group that had soul, and this fine debut album is here to prove it, even after nearly 20 years since its release.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Justo Roteta on October 2, 2007
Format: Audio CD
"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!
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