Wednesday, September 30, 2015

"Time (Clock of the Heart)" by Culture Club

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  1417
Date:  04/16/1983
Debut:  59
Peak:  2
Weeks:  18
Genre:  Pop, Adult Contemporary, R&B

Pop Bits:   Culture Club's first US single, "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me," was a major success reaching #2 and staying there for three weeks. This next single proved the band was not a one-hit wonder when it replicated the first single's peak position for two weeks. The song was also a hit at AC getting to #6, while making an appearance at R&B (#34). The one-two punch along with the fascination over Boy George drove this band quickly into the spotlight. The album would reach #14 and become a platinum seller.

ReduxReview:  Upon release, I liked this song and bought the single. I didn't think it was fantastic, but I enjoyed it quite a bit. However, as an artist's catalog gets older, there are some songs that age better than others. For Culture Club, this is definitely the one that has aged the best. There is a timeless quality about it that makes the song just as good now, if not better, than when it was first issued. Although it is my second personal favorite CC song, I think it may be their best moment on record.

ReduxRating:  9/10

Trivia:  Double Shot!  1) When "Kissing to Be Clever" was first issued in the UK (and Europe), it did not include this song. After the worldwide success of "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" (which was actually the third single from the album released in the UK), this song was issued as a standalone single in the European countries. The US printing of the album, which was released at a later date, did include this song. 2) In 2004, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame compiled a list of the 500 songs that helped shape rock and roll. This song was included on the list.


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